EARLIER in the year, Rachael Gilmour, 12, from Paisley, Renfrewshire got the chance to take part in a BBC TV childrens programme called Who Let The Dogs Out. Rachael told us about the fun she got up to with her four-year-old Tibetan Terrier called Puzzle (Kashi Undercover Agent).
“My mum got an email from the BBC through Gleniffer Agility Club, this is who Puzzle and I train agility with. They were looking for children to try out for a new TV show, mum asked if I wanted to do it and I said yes.
“Our first audition was at the Dogs Trust in Glasgow, I was very nervous but the BBC crew were very nice. I had to show them what tricks Puzzle and I could do, Puzzle and I have done heelwork to music so I did some things that I had learned, I had him walking with his paws on my back like a conga, we did weaving in and out of my legs, we also had to show that he could come when called and do a down and sit stay. I was very proud of him at the first audition but I now had to wait and see if we were good enough to get through to the next audition.
“We made it! I was very excited, Mum, Puzzle and I were invited to a second audition in Manchester, this time the trainer Zak George from the show Who Let the Dogs Out would be there. When I got there, it was all set up with big lights, and lots of props like a real TV show. The BBC had said if Puzzle had any cool things to bring them along, Puzzle wore his I’m trouble t-shirt and his sunglasses – he looked really funny. There was some agility equipment on the set so Puzzle and I did some of that, Zak was really nice and asked me about Puzzle, I then had to do an interview on camera all about training and why I would like to take Puzzle to the ‘Dog House’.
“I was on my way home from school when Mum phoned me to say that the BBC had called and Zak wanted me and Puzzle to appear on the show!
“The filming was in Manchester again and we had to go down twice for filming and the BBC also came to my house to film Puzzle and I practicing in the garden.
“The hotel we stayed in was fantastic and it had a lovely swimming pool, the first day of filming we were all given t-Shirts, hoodies, a treat bag and Puzzle got a collar and lead to match my outfit. I had to go to make-up and wardrobe which I loved and also had to be wired up for sound.
“We met Zak and he told us our trick we would be learning would be ‘two legs’, teaching Puzzle to walk on his two back legs. Zak was fantastic and helped us with our dogs teaching us how to get them to do it.
“I had a brilliant time and Puzzle was so much fun on the last day of filming we had a competition to see what dog could walk the furthest, Puzzle tried his best but we never won, but I was not disappointed as I had such a fun time with the crew, meeting new friends, and best of all meeting Zak George who is a fantastic dog trainer.”
Who Let the Dogs Out is on CBBC on a Wednesday a 5.15pm and on BBC2 on a Sunday at 10am.