One day back in February, just before the insanity of Fashion Week season began, I made a visit to Whistles HQ — handily located down the road from my London office. But instead of the more usual showroom appointment to flick through the rails, I was there to meet Doogie Howser MD, Whistles Head of PR, Virginia Norris’ Miniature Smooth-Haired Dachshund.
Doogie is an absolute poppet. He is a typical dachsie in that he is very inquisitive:
With a low boredom threshold (Guys, I’m ready for a nap now):
Doogie very kindly dictated his bio to Virginia, which we reproduce here:
“Douglas or Doogie Howser MD, began life in Essex. He moved to pastures new about 3 years ago when the owner’s ADD child was old enough to use his tail as a lasso, forcing him to put a personal ad in The Sun asking to be taken away. Douglas frequents East London’s most loveliest park of a morning, where he mainly sniffs things as if he was trying to inhale them, barks at children, other dogs, plastic bags and bins: as a dashchund he must remain alert to threats from inanimate objects at all times.
He enjoys a varied diet, with luxurious bones from the local butcher and ‘sausages’ from the local pet shop that he visits on a Saturday. He is partial to carrots, runner beans, heels of shoes (specifically in the hundreds price range), bobbles of much loved hats and handmade yak slippers.
He sports a jumper and coat often as he wears his hair very short and also travels close to the ground. Mulberry is his brand of choice, (ED: but sadly as a dog he has no way of buying such items so he wears what I put on him and likes it)… He is unable to go out in the rain, (ED: for reasons known only to himself), and has a dislike of couriers.”
I’m not sure he really loves photo shoots all that much either. Really, all Doogie wanted to do was sit on his mummy’s lap:
This is the face of a very contented dog:
Thank you to Virginia, Whistles and, of course, Mr DH himself.