I've never approved of stage mothers, but I find myself very close to being one as Scamp is now a model. This may later lead to film and TV work, which I hear is very lucrative, but the commission already earned by Scamp has been very useful, though, of course some has been set aside for him in a Trust Fund for when he reaches his majority.
Scamps image has been reproduced on this very fine porcelain mug, made by one of the great English Fine China Companies, and is available from Morrisons.
To get this role he had to audition alongside many other furry hopefuls. To make him stand out from the crowd we brilled and combed his fringe but he looked too much like Little Lord Faunteroy so we fluffed it up again. Then we tried Eleanor's hairclip (as we have seen quite a few dogs walking about with bobbles) but in the end we decided on the natural look, like an unmade bed. That must have worked with the people at the Fine China Company as they picked him out very quickly out of the lineup.
He behaved very well in the photoshoot and I stood in front of him talking to him to get the alert look you see in the picture, though it was a difficult pose to capture, what with the carefully poised hat at a jaunty angle, which kept falling off when he moved. The photographer had to snap very quickly, and I think this was the only one he could use.
We have got a whole box of them here which we are going to distribute among family and friends.