Ear dog Sophie a hit with the ladies


A fluffy white poodle and a pink 1958 VW beetle are turning heads in New Plymouth.

People look twice when they see 72-year-old Jock Hughes driving around town. Not due to his age, but because it’s not everyday you see a Glasgow man with a poodle, or in a pink car.

Mr Hughes, who moved to New Zealand 37 years ago, is hearing-impaired and his poodle, Sophie, is a hearing dog.

Mr Hughes has had two-year-old Sophie for a month and not only has she made his life easier, but she has also attracted the ladies, the 72-year-old said.

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