Interview with Greg James

You may have recognised the familiar voice of BBC Radio 1 DJ Greg James in our latest TV advert. Greg is the proud owner of Battersea rescue dog Barney and is supporting our Wear Blue for Rescue campaign to celebrate all the wonderful, quirky rescue dogs and cats who just need a second chance in life.

Could you tell us about why you support Battersea?

It’s always really sad when people have to give up their pet for one reason or another, but once they’re at Battersea, they’re looked after so brilliantly by the staff and volunteers until they find their loving new home. This is why I support Battersea and the work you do to help dogs and cats everywhere.

Tell us a little bit about Barney and his story and how he has changed your life?

We don’t know much about Barney’s story but we do know that he was brought in with his sister (who we’d love to meet one day). He was eight months old and had very basic training. In his previous home, he was left inside for upwards of 10 hours a day so Barney needed some extra care and training when he arrived at Battersea — and we have since carried on with that training to manage his energy. Taking on a dog is a huge effort, and requires a lot of hard work but it’s so rewarding. I can’t imagine my life without my little (absolutely enormous) pal.

What are some of Barney’s quirks?

He’s quite goofy. And I mean that in a loving way. He’s incredibly gentle but coupled with his size, he is ridiculously clumsy. It’s really never a dull moment with Barney and he makes me laugh every day.

Why did you decide to be the voice of our new TV advert and take part in our Wear Blue for Rescue campaign?

I support Wear Blue for Rescue and Battersea’s work because Barney changed my life. He has given me a new thing to focus on. A brand new challenge and a reason to slow my working life down and an excuse to go on long walks and spend some time with a very fun creature who only wants me to feed him, clean up after him and play with him. He enjoys the simple things in life and he’s encouraged me to be more like that.

Why do you feel it’s important for everyone to champion rescue animals?

I think one of the reasons my partner Bella and I are so close with Barney is that we’ve had to really work hard with him to gain his trust. We’ve done lots of training and we’re now reaping the rewards. He could be a bit of a handful when we got him. It’s incredibly satisfying to see a change in the behaviour of a dog and when he’s falling asleep with us on the bed, we’re proud that we’ve given him a great new life. He is living the dream really. He has no idea how lucky he is to be in the house with such legends.

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