Co­de­name cracker for spy-dog Bess

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Judge­ford dog breed­ers Wendy and Gra­ham Bug­den were de­lighted to dis­cover their first jack rus­sell ter­rier bound for Rus­sia – with love – has a mi­crochip code end­ing in ‘007’.

‘‘ That was just so jammy,’’ Mrs Bug­den says. ‘‘It was ‘oh my god, she ends with 007, that’s the James Bond one!’’

Ian Flem­ing’s iconic spy could reg­u­larly be found play­ing cloak and dag­ger with the Sovi­ets dur­ing his Cold War es­capades.

Dog breed­ers tend to only use the fi­nal three dig­its of a 10-digit mi­crochip code, which are im­planted long be­fore the dogs are sold.

Bess, a smooth coat jack rus­sell, has been bought for $1000 as a pedi­gree show­dog and fu­ture breeder by a woman in Eka­ter­in­burg, 1700 kilo­me­tres east of Moscow in deep­est Rus­sia. She leaves on March 13 and will fly via Korea.

‘‘It’s a big trip for a lit­tle dog,’’ Mrs Bug­den says.

The Bug­dens have sold jack rus­sells to Sin­ga­pore and Nor­folk Is­land in re­cent years.

Bess’ fa­ther is the Bug­dens’ top dog Quinn, who won 150 shows with his good looks – which his daugh­ter has in­her­ited.

‘‘ She’s a beau­ti­ful lit­tle puppy,’’ Mrs Bug­den says.

Money­puppy: This Octo-puppy might not wear a tuxedo or en­joy mar­ti­nis, but she’s bound for Rus­sia un­der the co­de­name ‘007’. Here’s hop­ing the lone­some plane trip doesn’t scare The Liv­ing Day­lights out of her or cause her a Quantum of So­lace.

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