Dancing Pudsey wows TV show panel

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Teenager Ashleigh Butler wowed the judges at Britain’s Got Talent as she and her pet dog Pudsey sailed through to the next round of the TV talent show.

The 17-year-old from Wellingborough delighted the audience on Saturday night as she and Pudsey performed a dance routine to the theme of The Flintstones.

And following the show, the Wrenn School sixth-former is being tipped by some as a real favourite to win the show.

Ashleigh, who was given Pudsey as an 11th birthday present, spends up to an hour each day training her pet pooch – a border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested-cross – and has previously scooped top awards for her agility and freestyle performances at numerous competitions including Crufts.

Speaking after the Saturday night show, Ashleigh said: “I was so emotional, I cried throughout our audition when it came on TV. It was the clip they showed of me unwrapping Pudsey when he was a baby on my 11th birthday that started off the waterworks.

“The support from the public since last night has meant so much, we’re truly honoured. I’m glad everyone loves Pudsey as much as I do.”

And when asked if her four-legged friend had enjoyed his star outing as much as she did, Ashleigh responded: “He barked throughout last night’s episode and kept pawing the telly.

“I hugged Pudsey all night. I love him so much. I’m so proud of him, he’s a little star.

“If we get through to the live shows, I’ll be treating him to steak every night and a new collar.”

Ashleigh also owns Pudsey’s mother, a bichon frise called Buffy, and travels to competitions across the country with mum Penny and sister Taylor, 14.

She eventually hopes to set up her own business to train dogs for the big and small screens.

Following the glowing praise from Simon Cowell, Ashleigh said she was delighted with the TV judge’s comments, adding: “I was so happy when he told me that Pudsey was one of the best dancing dogs he’d ever seen.

“He’s since said that he’ll dance on stage if a dog wins this year’s BGT – if that’s the case, then he should pop over and I’ll teach him some basics so he and Pudsey can dance together.”