Humble Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey have treated pupils at her former junior school to an exlusive performance of their new routine.
The Wellingborough schoolgirl said the Telegraph can give readers a sneak preview of the new doggy dance the pair are preparing for a prime time Saturday night television show later this year after they performed it at Redwell Junior School fete on Saturday.
The 17-year-old Wrenn School pupil said: “It’s totally different to everything we have done.”
Ashleigh Butler and six-year-old cross of border collie, bichon frise and Chinese crested powder puff Pudsey bow-wowed youngsters with spell-binding tricks perfectly timed to the instrumental track Soul Bossa Nova, which famously features in the Austin Powers films.
Pudsey not only walked on hind legs for more than 10 seconds at a time but walked backwards and span around.
He jumped through a hoop Ashleigh formed from her arms, jumped up to her chest and rolled her along the school playing field with her back legs.
In casual jeans and waist coat, Ashleigh seemed just as happy performing for 100 pupils as millions of viewers in the the ITV talent show final.
And Pudsey brought his pedigree chum Gucci, Ashleigh’s younger sister Tayla’s dog, with him as a bone-us.
The sprightly two-year-old Chinese crested powder puff performed tricks with Ashleigh that Tayla, 14, had taught him.
Tayla said: “He was really good. He was a lot better than I thought he would be.
“I’ve been training him since he was a puppy.
“He is hopefully the new Pudsey.”
Kind Ashleigh stood for more than an hour and a half in the rain and wind signing autographs and having photographs taken until every pupil and parent was satisfied.
Mum Penny said: “All our children came to this school so we thought it would be nice to come back and see her old teachers.”
Headteacher Sue Peel said: “It’s absolutely brilliant that she’s come and supported us, her old school.
“It’s lovely that with all her success she’s still keen to perform for us in Wellingborough and come back and support us.
“It’s really special for us.”
See Thursday’s Telegraph to find out what television shows – and pantomime – the pair have coming up and an exlusive interview with Ashleigh.