Tring dog who landed a role in new Disney blockbuster Cruella is up for national award

Bobby is one of five dogs in the running for the Media Star award

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 11:56 am
Updated Thursday, 7th May 2020, 12:02 pm

A rescue dog from Tring, who is due to feature in Disney's 'Cruella', is in the running for a national award from dog-food brand Autarky, in recognition of his hard work.

Bobby, from Long Marston, has been nominated by Birds and Animals UK, an animal-training company established in 2000 that has provided some of the industry’s greatest and most iconic productions.

Bobby's owner Julie Tottman, welcomed him into her home after seeing him on a Cyprus rescue dog website, he was looking for his forever home.

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Bobby has landed a role in Disney's 'Cruella'

Julie is also the manager of Birds and Animals UK, she said: “He had been picked up off the streets of Cyprus, roaming around and fending for himself; but, despite having a rough start in life, he has kept his amazing trusting and loving personality.

"I took my son with me to meet him and we both fell in love with him, and he came home with us that very same day!

“I thought I would try training with him and see if he would enjoy doing film and TV work.

"I started slowly but soon realised he was a natural. Bobby is a real show off and loves to be the centre of attention, so this suits him perfectly.

“About two months after I got him, an opportunity came up for a big role in the new Disney film ‘Cruella’.

"I took him along to meet the director and producers, and they immediately loved him and his personality, so he got the role.”

Autarky offers complete feed specially formulated for active, hard-working dogs and the brand is excited to be taking on the challenge to recognise dogs who show incredible dedication in their sphere.

Whether they excel in their chosen sport, serve their country, show unconditional support to their owner or have recently stolen the nation’s hearts on the big screen, Autarky is giving all hard-working dogs the chance to be crowned with the title.

The competition comprises of four categories: Sports and Performance Dogs, Service Dogs, Healthcare and Assistance Dogs and Media Star Dogs — and the public will have its chance to vote for the winner of each category.

The overall winner will be chosen by a team of expert judges, including Your Dog Magazine editor Sarah Wright.

Sam Horrell, Autarky CEO, said: "We are delighted to be running the Hardest Working Dog campaign, as we want to showcase the varying levels of work of active dogs in the UK and to give them the chance to be recognised with a national award.

"We hope that the public will be as inspired by the dedication of these dogs as we are. Good luck to all of the nominees.”

Two-year-old Bobby is one of five dogs in the running for the fourth category, Media Star Dogs, in which all dogs have shown to have outstanding skills on set and stolen the hearts of the British public, on the big and small screen.

The Autarky Hardest Working Dog will receive a top prize, including a hamper of canine products worth £500 and a year’s worth of Autarky food.

For more information about the campaign and to vote, visit

The winner of the Media Star Dogs category will join cani-cross star Rocket, life-saving service dog PD Captain, and incredible assistance dog Rowley, in the final.