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Hero dog sits on Commons ‘throne’ during bomb sweep

PC Spalding and Poppy the bomb dog in the House of Commons dog-happy
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Not many humans have the honour of placing their derrière on the Speaker’s Chair in the House of Commons, let alone dogs. So this bomb specialist looked very pleased with herself.

By Nick Whittle

Published on the 20/07/2020, 18:00

Poppy became a hero during the London Bridge terrorist attacks of 2017. Led by her equally brave handler PC Spalding, Poppy – then just two years old – entered buildings in the aftermath in order to check for explosives.

 

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Poppy was awarded the PDSA’s Order of Merit for her work. But the Spaniel is not fazed by glory and awards. She continues to work diligently sweeping the Palace of Westminster for the modern-day Guy Fawkes.

Meeting and greeting

It was during one of her routine explosive sweeps of the Commons that Poppy and her handler were met by Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, an avid animal lover himself.

Poppy was given an enviable treat: to sit atop the Speaker’s Chair which has for centuries been inhabited by only a select few.

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Writes the BBC, Sir Lindsay has a menagerie of pets, “including a parrot called Boris and Maggie, a 16kg tortoise.”

Of his meeting with Poppy and PC Spalding he said, “I felt honoured to meet Poppy and her handler PC Spalding - who are a brave and talented double act.”