BGT singing dog sent to rehab

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 March 2012
Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden

A singing dog that starred in last year's 'Britain's Got Talent' had to go to rehab after he struggled to cope with the pressures of fame

A singing dog that starred in last year's 'Britain's Got Talent' has checked in to rehab.

Lhasa Apso puppy Buddy won the hearts of the nation and the judges - Amanda Holden, Michael McIntyre and David Hasselhoff - after howling his way through 'Pie Jesu' alongside owner Pippa Langhorne, and the pair got through to the semi-finals of the ITV1 show.

Although they didn't win, Buddy became a celebrity pooch and performed in schools and at various events, but it all proved too much and he went into meltdown.

Pippa said: "He just couldn't cope with living every day in the spotlight and being around children or other dogs. He became aggressive - not biting, but barking and snarling, and he stopped singing. People would come over and he'd hide."

So Pippa cancelled all of Buddy's engagements and took him to dog behaviourist Lisa Jackson, who diagnosed the pooch with suffering from stress and anxiety as he felt constantly under pressure to sing.

Trained opera singer Pippa added to The Sun newspaper: "Lisa said I had to take him out of any situation where he would feel like he needed to perform."

Buddy is now regaining his confidence with Pippa saying: "Now we do the occasional dog show and he enjoys himself."

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