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Dancing dog from Oakridge needs your votes
A DANCING dog could be the star of a television advert – if it gains the backing of the public.
Sandy, a cross between a Chihuahua and a Jack Russell, has been entered by her owner Lucy Lincoln into Direct Line Pet Insurances’ Pet Step competition.
The one-year-old dog can be seen on her entry video dancing on two legs, waving her paws in front of her and doing the twist.
The competition is seeking to find the most talented animals to feature in its television advert on the Animal Planet channel – and Sandy now needs public votes to help her win the competition.
Lucy, 20, from Osborne Close, Oakridge, Basingstoke, who has just finished studying at Basingstoke College of Technology and Queen Mary’s College, said: “I trained Sandy to dance using simple hand gestures, just like sign language.
“She can understand a number of gestures like sit, stand up and spin.
“I started to train her when I had had her for about two days as I discovered she could stand up on her two back legs when she was only about three months old. She learned tricks in about a day and some in a couple of minutes.”
Lucy was approached by the production company for Direct Line after they saw a video of Sandy on YouTube and wanted her to appear in a television advert.
She said: “They were so impressed with her that I sent them a couple more videos and they were offering £200 for the use of the video. But unfortunately she wasn’t able to stand long enough for what they wanted.”
Lucy decided to instead enter Sandy in the online competition. She said: “I think that her chances of winning are good as she can do a lot of tricks and she is so small and amazing.
“People love her dancing as I upload videos of her on Facebook. Friends and family love her.”
Sandy is the first dog Lucy has owned, and she was inspired by Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh and Pudsey to train her pet to follow in Pudsey’s pawsteps.
She said: “The backing of Basingstoke people to vote for her would be amazing, and it would make Sandy a proper star.”
To vote for Sandy go to dothepetstep.
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