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  • Skill Rating : 3
  • Animal Type : Dog
  • Breeds - Dogs : Griffon Bruxellios
  • Weight : 10-20Kg
  • Back Length - Base of neck to start of tail in cm : 30
  • Please tell us a little about your pets personality and skills :
    Alfonso is a 5.5 year old Brussels Griffon living in London’s Shoreditch with his adoring Mamma Charlotte.

    Whilst living an incredibly full dogs life, Alfonso also suffers from the debilitating genetic disease, Syringomyelia, increasingly common in pedigree dogs. Through his hugely successful Instagram Account 'Alfonso the Griffon' he is able to educate, campaign and raise awareness of this critical and relatively unknown condition amongst his 22k fans, amassed in the past year. Through his social media channels Alfonso also shares his tales, adventures, favourite treats, charities and go-to brands, as a result Alfonso is Brand Ambassador for apparel brand Animal Hearted, canine gifting company BarkBox and their UK division BarkPack, alongside other famous canine counterparts 'Tuna Melts My Heart’, 'Digby Van Winkle’ and ‘Manny the Frenchie’.

    Alfonso is a regular four-legged fixture at a variety of launches and events to help campaigns and businesses increase visibility, recent invites included Goodhood, l’Escargot, The Gourmand, a campaign to allow dogs to travel on Eurostar, alongside his good friends Noodle and human Rosie Fortescue, Gladys and Pixie and human Brix Smith-Start, plus rallying for climate change alongside campaigners Vivienne Westwood, Emma Thompson and Peter Gabriel.

    Despite being quoted in Esquire Magazine as one of the most stylish dogs on Instagram, voted Hackney’s Cutest Dog by the Hackney Post and being hailed a ‘True Bearded Hipster’, by London's Rocket Barbers, Alfonso the Griffon remains incredibly humble and loves nothing more than lazing in a sunny spot with a constant eye on his human, hanging out with his local friends at Reservoir Dogs or sharing his favourite cheese treats with his best pals Bandit the Cavalier, Kingston the Griffon, Rupert the Griffon and Dude the Chihuahua, who's human, emerging artist Lauren baker, allows them to run riot in her creative studio and with Riley the Parsons who really does have the 'life of Riley' thanks to his human, event designer extraordinaire Fiona leahy, where they also get to hang out in a humongous warehouse full of spectacular and curious findings. Otherwise, it's all about the great outdoors for Alfonso. He has a garden with a cool collection of palm trees to inspire his California dreaming, hanging with his human around his Shoreditch neighbourhood, road-tripping to the Norfolk and Cotswolds countryside to hang at Daylesford of course or hopping the channel to Paris to check out the Parisienne Pooches. Favourite parks include Victoria Park, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath.

    Alfonso is powered by Marks & Spencer Pet Insurance who have funded his extensive tests leading to his diagnosis in 2013 and further support his ongoing treatment. Alfonso has to thank his incredibly supportive ‘Team’ consisting of two Neurologists, a Nutritionist, three Vets, a Hydrotherapist, an Acupuncturist and Physiotherapist for their continued support in ensuring he leads a full and interesting life.
  • Lives with other Animals : Yes
  • Dog Skill Set : Sit, Stay, Will wear clothes, Good with cats, Good with other dogs, Used to professional camera flash , Will hold item in mouth
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