BGT talking dog: Animal cruelty or clever canine?

by Bronwyn Hall

This Saturday saw the return of the popular ITV show, Britain’s Got Talent.

Almost eleven million viewers tuned in to watch this years hopefuls dazzle or disappoint Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, Alesha Dixon and David Walliams. And with fearless free runners, soulful singers and even a chicken attempting agility, we were not let down!

Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent


However, as a massive dog fan, there was one act that stood out – Wendy the talking dog. Wendy came along with her French owner, Marc Métral, who had claimed that she could indeed talk. Wendy went on to impress the crowd by mouthing along to the 70s hit song Feeling and showing off an amazing ability to open her mouth in time to answer Mr Métral as he questioned the canine on stage.

Britain's Got Talent

Britain’s Got Talent

After the show aired though, it appeared that all was not as it had seemed. In fact, this same trick was used three years ago on America’s Got Talent when a French Bulldog called Irving astounded the audience by moving his mouth in time to let his owner, Todd Oliver, act as a ventriloquist. The secret is that a mechanical nose and mouth is placed over the dogs face which blends in with their fur. The owner then uses a remote control to open the fake mouth as and when he pleases.

Britain's Got Talent

America’s Got Talent

Some Britain’s Got Talent viewers called on the RSPCA to investigate, however, a spokesman for BGT gave the following statement to The Mirror: ”Marc has a huge amount of experience having worked with animals since 1980 and with Wendy for the last five years.’ The RSPCA say that they will be asking producers of the show if Wendy was indeed wearing a mechanical mask.


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