From the Dogboreblog

Dog Bore: Mike Dicks
Job: Illustrator & Author
Dog: Scrabble
Jackhund – Jack Russel / Daschund cross, from Allsorts Rescue in the Downs – but they got her from Ireland

How did you meet your canine companion?
Scrabble was on sabbatical in Allsorts Rescue Centre in the Downs when I found a photo of her on their website. After arranging a home visit, I went up to meet her and take her for a walk. We sat on a bench at the top of a hill and I asked her to help me recover from my recent brush with cancer, she didn’t say no.

What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Allsorts name their rescue dogs in themes – the week before Scrabble arrived there they were using the names of various wine, so there were a few Chardonnays, Merlots and Blue Nuns wandering around. Luckily the themes Scrabble landed in was board games – so there was a Dingbat, Ludo and Risk – and a Scrabble, I think she got the best deal.

How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
Scrabble has been great for me, recuperating after chemotherapy the best thing you can do is exercise, and Scrabble is a bit like a rather sweet personal trainer, who makes me walk along the sea front at least twice a day. On top of that, I started drawing cartoons of Scrabble and me – which have turned into a guide to owning a human and have led to some rather lovely developments in my career, including the prospect of a publishing deal for our story.

Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Sweet, Friendly, Smart

Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Debbie, my wife

What’s your dog’s superpower?
She has managed to channel her thoughts to me and get me to create a series of cartoons that explain both canine and human behaviour. She also is able to produce a smile in any human that comes within 5m of her.

If your dog had a job, what would it be?

What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Scrabble hates to travel in any other way than walking, so she has a habit of being sick in any form of transport. It’s not her fault, there is something in her history that has made her that way, and I feel terribly sorry for her – but she did once throw up and wee herself on a bus – we don’t get buses anymore.

Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
We live near the seafront in Hove, and love to walk along the Lawns or on the dog-friendly beaches. We also hang out in Adelaide Crescent – where there is an unofficial dog club in the mornings and evenings.

Finish this sentence “a dog walks into a bar….”
… and generates smiles and affection from strangers, and an excuse for their Human to have a social life

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