Jack is a dog who hasn’t had the best start in life. He is one of the many dogs featured on the new BBC show Pooch Perfect.
On the show, hosted by West End star Sheridan Smith, 16 professional snow groomers compete to be crowned Britain’s top dog groomer.
Every week a number of adorable dogs enter the doggie parlor to redesign the pooch. And from this week, the start of the quarter-finals, an additional challenge called “Dogology” has been introduced.
The snow groomers are tested for their knowledge of different dog breeds, with the task of deciphering both parents of a crossbreed.
At this challenge, Jack makes an appearance on the show, although viewers will have to wait a few more weeks to catch a glimpse of the Merseyside dog as he will be in the final episode, which airs on March 4th.
In the final, the difficulty of the task becomes even greater, as the snow groomers have to determine the breed of the dog with their eyes closed.
But Jack is no stranger to the spotlight, he has built quite a following with over 13,000 followers on Facebook. Owner Judith Hulse heard about the show from his Facebook page.
Judith was sent an ad asking to share it with Jack’s friends. She didn’t just decide to ask Jack to appear.
After many phone calls and emails later, Jack was asked to attend. It was its cool temperament that sold it to the quieter dogs needed for the blindfolded challenge.
Border Collies may not be known for their calm natures – they are working dogs and often energetic – but Judith described Jack as “special” because he has a calmer personality than what is generally known for his breed.
She said: “Border Collies can be pretty lively dogs, but he’s pretty easy going. “
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After losing an eye in a litter accident when Jack was only five weeks old, he didn’t have the best start in life, but after seeing an ad on Facebook when no one else wanted him, Judith was convinced. She has had Jack since he was 10 weeks old.
Not only is Jack one of the four-legged stars on the BBC show and a bit of a Facebook celebrity, he’s one too Therapy dog for therapy dogs nationwide. He regularly visits patients at Southport Hospital and Queenscourt Hospice.
Judith told us, “He’s been doing this for two and a half years. He absolutely loves it, he’s great, so great.
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“People are very sick and dying and there are a lot of people who are dog lovers … it’s great for the family too, it takes away that really sad moment.”
Jack visits twice a week but unfortunately this had to stop due to the lockdown. During the initial suspension, Judith decided to apply for Pooch Perfect.
She said: “He’s a therapy dog and he couldn’t do that during lockdown so I found other things to do with him. “
Pooch Perfect was filmed last August and while Judith is excited to see Jack on screen, she was actually banned from being on set during the shoot. Instead, she had to drop him off in a designated welfare area and devote herself to the show’s veterinarian and social worker.
Judith was very impressed with the way the dogs were cared for.
“I have to say the welfare is absolutely brilliant there. I can’t tell you how absolutely brilliant the welfare really was,” she said.
Judith went to Costa while she waited for Jack.
Like many other dog lovers, Judith has stuck to Pooch Perfect since it launched in January.
She said: “I love it, it’s great. I think it’s really good and it shows how hard dog groomers work. It’s fun too. “
And as she was looking forward to Jack appearing on screen, Judith said, “Cant wait, it’s been so long since it was shot in August.
“I’m really excited.”
Pooch Perfect is on BBC One on Thursdays at 8 p.m.