Codename cracker for spy-dog Bess
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.