BGT winner Ashleigh Butler hits back at The Kennel Club

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 21 August 2012
Ashleigh and Pudsey

Ashleigh Butler and Pudsey

'Britain's Got Talent' winner Ashleigh Butler has hit back at The Kennel Club and insists she would "never" disrespect her dancing dog Pudsey because she "knows what is best" for him

'Britain's Got Talent' winner Ashleigh Butler insists she would "never" disrespect her dancing dog Pudsey.

The 17-year-old talent show winner has hit back at The Kennel Club after the organisation - the governing body for dogs - slammed the teenager for putting her canine companion through "demeaning" routines, but she insists they are talking "nonsense" because her pooch is not in pain and she "knows what is best" for him.

She said: "I love the Kennel Club and they always have a dog's interests at heart. But what they have said about dog-dancing is nonsense ... in a way.

"Yes, it is true that some tricks that Pudsey does are unnatural and yes they are extreme - but it doesn't mean I am being cruel or that he's not enjoying himself.

"I can read him like a book. If he doesn't want to do something then I can tell. He'll put his tail between his legs and put in minimal effort.

"It's like a baby really -- a mum always knows what is best. I know what's best for Pudsey."

But Ashleigh does agree with The Kennel Club when it comes to their costume ban for dogs, and revealed that during her first 'Britain's Got Talent' audition she rejected Simon Cowell's suggestion to put an outfit on Pudsey.

In a piece for The Sun newspaper, she wrote: "One thing I definitely agree with the Club on is that dogs should look like dogs. I support their costume ban. With Pudsey I always make sure he is respected.

"I never dress him up when he is performing. On our very first audition Simon Cowell said Pudsey would look better with an outfit on but that's not him. He is himself. I want him to be as happy as possible.

"When dogs are puppies I never put them on their back legs or get them to do any jumping because they are still growing and it could affect that growth. And don't forget you can do some tricks that are still impressive without doing those things.

"When Pudsey puts his paws on my feet it looks simple but it took us three months of training to do."

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