Ask anyone in the UK to name a female wildlife presenter and they are all but guaranteed to mention Michaela Strachan. Since the early 90s she has been synonymous with broadcasting about animals after becoming part of the team on The Really Wild Show, a well-loved and well-remembered series enjoyed by animal-lovers of all ages. In the intervening years, Michaela has popped up as a regular presenter on all manner of programmes focusing on flora and fauna, from Countryfile to Springwatch and Autumnwatch.
We are very pleased to announce that Michaela Strachan will be hosting Super Dogs Live at this year’s National Pet Show at the Excel in London, on the 6th and 7th of May.
Michaela answered a few questions for us about her love for all things four-legged and furry.
Are you excited to be hosting Super Dogs Live at this year’s National Pet Show?
“I had such a good time at the National Pet Show last year, the Super Dogs Live show is such good fun. I have a puppy and I know how difficult it is to train her to do anything! All I've managed is 'sit' and lie down'! We're still working on recall. So I have huge admiration for anyone who can train their dogs to do a routine! It needs such a lot of time and patience. All the dogs seem to love it, the human performers seem to really enjoy it and the audiences are totally entertained by it. I smile through the whole show, it's such a feel good day.”
What would you say are your favourite acts on Super Dogs Live?
“There's no particular key skills I'm looking for as I'm not a judge, but I do love a bit of comedy in a routine and a bit of bling! And I'm a sucker for a cute dog!”
Would you say you have a personal favourite breed when it comes to dogs?
“I have a soft spot for Jack Russells because we had one for 16 years called Toto. Sadly Toto is no longer with us. He was an amazing character and such a wonderful part of our family. We now have a rescue puppy, Rio, who by pure chance has a bit of Jack Russell/terrier in her. We all adore her and she's completely taken over our house!”
You spent the night in a dog kennel for a charity in South Africa... How did that come about and what did you learn from the experience?
“We got Rio from a rescue centre in Cape Town called TEARS. They were doing a sleepover to raise money. My son Ollie and I thought it would be a good idea and a worthy cause so we signed up. We each had to get about £150 sponsorship money. We spent the night with two gorgeous dogs in quite a small enclosure! There was only just enough room for our camping mattresses and sleeping bags. About every hour throughout the night, a dog would wake up and start barking, setting all the others off. Needless to say, we didn't get a lot of sleep! What did I learn? To take ear plugs if I ever do it again!”
How old is Rio now and do you have any other pets?
“Rio is now seven months old. I take her everywhere when I'm at home. She goes on the school run, to cricket matches, soccer practice, shopping! We live in a beautiful place so it's a joy to walk her every day. We also have a cat - he just turned up one day and started eating our dog Toto’s food! We kept taking him back to his owner, but the cat just kept coming back so ,eventually, his owner agreed that we should keep him We called him Gypsy. He's quite a wild cat and spends a lot of time outdoors. He and Rio get on really well and chase each other, it's really funny to watch. Gypsy even follows us on walks sometimes!”
Would you say that dogs make the best pets? What are your favourite wild animals?
“Dogs are just the best pets you can have. It's unbelievable how happy they are to see you every time you come home, whether you've been away for an hour or two weeks! Rio's whole bum wiggles from side to side. I've tried to encourage my partner Nick to give me the same greeting but he's not going for it! My favourite wild animals are orangutans and sharks!”
What should people most look forward to at the National Pet Show?
“The National Pet Show is a great day out for families. If you love dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters... What is there not to love? There are some amazing talks, entertaining shows including of course SuperDogs Live, so many interesting stands selling everything you could possibly want for your pet and of course so many dogs, cats, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters. If you come, come with a smile because you'll be using it all day!”
And if anyone knows about smiling it has to be Michaela, who has one of the most famous smiles on British TV! She’ll also be one of the most unmissable features of the National Pets Show, so book your tickets now to enjoy the show.
Tickets to Super Dogs Live are FREE with your National Pet Show ticket – seats are limited and bookable in advance, so book now to reserve your spot! It’s guaranteed to be “really wild”!
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