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THE AGILITY VOICE | JULY 2012
ASHLEIGH & PUDSEY:
THE JOURNEY
Britain
s Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and Ashpen
Pudsey Bear have been catapulted to fame and are
international superstars. However, they have kindly taken the
time to share their journey to superstardom with Voice
readers.
ASHLEIGH
S STORY
PUDSEY
S STORY
I
ve been doing tricks with the dogs for ages and I like doing
drama and dance at school so I combined the two and
entered a number of Heelwork to Music competitions.
We mainly do trick training when Ashleigh
s been asked
to do chores and she can get out of them if we
re working
together.
My school mates all think I
m mad with the amount of time I
spend with the dogs and my Wellingborough agility friends
always take the mickey out of me for wanting to get dressed up
and dance with the dogs. However for ages a number of them
have kept saying that I should enter Britain
s Got Talent so we
found out the details of how to apply.
The first audition, which wasn
t televised, was at Birmingham last
December, the same day as the Rugby Christmas show which
we
d entered. I didn
t want to tell anybody I was going for the
audition as I
d have been embarrassed if they thought we weren
t
any good.
Ashleigh has never appreciated my charm and charisma; I
knew we
d do alright.
So on the day we dropped Tayla my sister and her dog Gucci
off at the Rugby show, with an excuse to friends that we had
to deliver some Christmas presents to relatives living close by.
Imagine how I felt at this point, arriving at an agility show only to
be taken away from it, I wasn
t happy, it
s lucky it was near
Christmas and I was feeling generous otherwise I would have
considered not performing.
From the Birmingham audition we were asked to go to a televised
audition in Cardiff, again Mum wasn
t too happy as on the day
we
d entered a Heelwork to Music competition which aren
t
cheap. Anyway we had a long journey to get there and the whole
day was waiting for the audition, having interviews or being
filmed.
They couldn
t get enough of me!
We stayed in a Travelodge that night so Mum didn
t have to
drive both ways in one day.
Can I point out that as they had no dog rooms available at
the Travelodge I had to be smuggled in. Now I
m not the
smallest of dogs and I certainly told anybody that walked past our
room at night that I was there. Although I have to say that wasn
t
the first time we
d taken advantage of the good old Travelodge
hospitality, I won
t mention the time we paid for one dog and
sneaked three others into our room.
GOOD OLD TRAVELODGE
Once you get through the auditions with the required
number of
Yes
s
- and I have to say I was over the moon
with the reaction we got - you
re asked to go to London for the
judges to decide if you
ll go through to the live show. It was a
nightmare waiting for them to confirm the date of that weekend
as we thought it might clash with Crufts. If it had have been the
same weekend I would have had to make a decision and I can
honestly say it was a real 50:50 split as to which I really wanted to
do.
Nobody asked which one I wanted to do. It would have
been Crufts all the way for me, at least I
d have got to do
agility and still done my Flintstones routine in the YKC ring. The
best of both worlds as I see it.
We
d worked so hard throughout the previous year and qualified
for a lot of classes that to see it all slip away for what could have
been a non-event if the Britain
s Got Talent judges didn
t like us
was a decision I was so pleased not to have to make.
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