An abandoned dog will be with a loving family this Christmas, after being adopted from a north Northumberland rescue centre by a former TV star.
Tony Booth, father of Cherie Blair and best known for his role as Mike Rawlins in the BBC series Till Death Us Do Part, and wife Steph have recently taken on the cute Cavalier King Charles spaniel, who they festively named Carol.
And it came after a chance meeting in Grannies, Alnwick, between the West Yorkshire-based couple and Phyl Robson, from North Sunderland, who helps out at Alexa’s Animals Dog Rescue.
The volunteer organisation had been looking after the pooch, aged around eight or nine, after she was found tied to a lamppost and suffering from a worm infection.
“Phyl started talking to us in Grannies and told us this story about Carol, who was named Poppy at the time,” said Steph.
She added: “I took a mouthful of sandwich and Tony, who was a bit damp around the eyes, said, ‘we’ll have her’.
“We had a Cavalier called Bella, but she died last year, which was heartbreaking,”
Carol is settling in well at her new home and joins the couple’s other two pooches, Jack Russell Jess and springer spaniel Millie.
“She is gorgeous and very jolly,” said Steph.
“It is definitely a case of serendipity with Carol.”
Carol is also on the front cover of Alexa’s Animals’ calendar.