Say hello to dachshund Groot who has been named Stoke-on-Trent’s lockdown dog hero.
Groot – named after the character in the Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy – belongs to 29-year-old Rachel Dawson, from Birches Head, who entered ‘her baby’ into our competition
The competition aims to honour the nation’s unsung heroes for their lockdown support.
Rachel, a business development officer for Eurosource in Newcastle said: “I’ve had Groot since he was a puppy and he is three-and-a-half now.
“He’s just the most loving and friendly little dog I could ask for. I live on my own so lockdown would’ve been very difficult without him – he’s been such a great friend and makes me smile every day.
“It was my birthday a few weeks ago so I dressed him up in a blue bow tie and a gold hat and we celebrated together.”
It’s not the first time Rachel has dressed Groot up for a special occasion – at Easter he wore an orange bow tie and carrot ears.
“He’s just such a great character,” says Rachel. “If I give him a treat he doesn’t eat it straightaway but waits for me to grab it back from him before he runs away and hides.
They’ve brought us love, loyalty and laughter during the lockdown.
And like us, Butcher’s believe every dog deserves to be happy and healthy.
That’s why we’ve teamed up to give Britain’s Lockdown Dog Heroes the chance to enjoy wholesome British-made bowlfuls, and reward them for helping us through these challenging times.
Butcher’s recipes provide all the goodness they need, with delicious meals made with natural ingredients from British and Irish farms. There’s no nasties, just packed with food full of good stuff that dogs love. 100% complete and balanced recipes with all the vitamins and minerals needed for bouncing energy and total enjoyment.
“And he also thinks he’s bigger and braver than he is – he lies on the sofa and barks at everyone passing by.”
Groot was one of many dogs entered into our competition which was held in association with Butcher’s Nourishing Food For Dogs.
He made a list of 20 finalists and, with 329 votes, he took the top title and bagged a £100 Butcher’s voucher.
He will now go forward to the national heat for the chance to win a year’s supply of Butcher’s Nourishing Food For Dogs and Rachel is keeping her fingers crossed she and Groot will now win £1,500 towards a dog-friendly break.
Rachel said: “Groot is always there for me and if I have to go out he just gets so excited when I come back. He’s also got a best friend – my sister’s dog Dexter who is a beagle so seeing the two of them playing together is very funny – they are like little and large. But Groot thinks he’s bigger than he is anyway!”
And, just like any other celebrity Groot has his own Instagram page too – grootthesausage!