Barney with his owner Donna (Photo: Instagram / @donnalouisevoiceactorpresenter &barneythefilmcockapoo)
The charming dog often stars in commercials and is led to shoot and perform all kinds of tricks as long as he is tempted by delicious sausages.
The Mirror reports that Barney has become a true star in the advertising world and has even appeared in one on Tails.com.
But no wonder, with star quality in the family.
Barney’s owner, Donna Louise Bryan, works as an actress and broadcaster.
Barney behind the scenes. (Photo: Instagram / donnalouisevoiceactorpresenter and barneythefilmcockapoo)
But the dog’s talent was discovered purely by chance.
Donna was working on one of her acting jobs, when she was filming an advertisement for a pet product and she was accompanied by a dog that had to perform some intricate tricks.
But the puppy was not doing well that day and refused to scratch when asked.
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Knowing that Donna had a dog, producers asked if Barney could cut the mustard.
Donna texted her partner Mark, who was at home with Barney, explaining that the pup has a chance to be the star of the show, but will have to master a new trick first.
To his surprise, Mark soon responded with a video of Barney scratching himself while driving.
“He came on set and stole the show,” Donna recalls.
In fact, he stole the show so much that the team wanted more of the Banbury-bred dog.
“in the end of the day, [the crew] He came to me and said, “It was really cool today. We would really like to have you back tomorrow.”
I said, ‘Oh, well, it’s only been booked for two days. I’m going to talk to my agent.’ And they said, ‘No, no, no, it’s not you that we want tomorrow.’ We would like another day with Barney! «
He hasn’t looked back since.
“Sometimes they say they want to do something with me and they don’t want Barney on set, and we have to stop him sneaking onto the set because he always wants to be the focus on him,” Donna says.
Barney is normal in front of the camera. (Photo: Instagram / donnalouisevoiceactorpresenter and barneythefilmcockapoo)
Barney’s newfound fame has led him to become a backstage singer.
“If we’re having dinner, we turn around and he’s just doing some tricks, looking to see who’s noticed.
“We always joke that one day he’ll ride a tricycle just to get our attention.”
Barney really gets the star treatment in his work, even more so than his fellow human actors.
“You have to be dictated by the dog, you can’t tell him what to do. You have to make sure you provide the right environment for the dog, so that he is happy and ready to do it,” Donna says of why she likes her fellow canines.
“Sometimes I’m on set and it’s cold, I do the same thing over and over and I’m hungry. All I want to say is, ‘I want to stop now, I’m hungry!’ Obviously you can’t do that. But animals do. When they have Enough, they just tell you and walk away. Love it.”
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In addition to owning a “private hot dog” to eat on set, Barney has a private bank account with the money he makes from his acting jobs, which Donna uses to treat him. “I’m your driver, they take you from one place to another,” she says. “I am your agent, I accept all your calls. I do all his Instagram «.
It’s still early days for Barney, but he has his sights set on Hollywood. “He hasn’t made a movie yet, so that would be fine,” Donna says. “But he’s only been doing it for less than a year, so he’s in the prime of his career, really.”
When he’s not at his day job, Barney plays the most important role of all: that of the perfect family pet. In their Oxfordshire home, “He is just a happy, charming and loving little dog,” Donna smiles. “I just completed my life.”
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