Meet your Antrim celebrity – the 2022 Antrim Nose of Tralee, Dexter.
Name: Dexter (Dex, Dexter Dawg and other unrepeatables).
County: Co Antrim
Age: 4 years old
Special Skill: Contortionist
Favourite Food: Chicken! No I’ve changed my mind, ham. Definitely ham. Oh wait! I do love cheese …
Favourite Toy: Squeaky ball or squeaky squirrel. Either will do as long as it is loud and annoying.
Favourite Place to Sleep: Mum and dads bed obvs.
Favourite Activity: Sniffing the bushes in the park and howling at the postman (I have levelled up from barking).
Favourite Place To Go For A Walk/Hangout: The Maritime Mile, Belfast for an urban adventure or any beach along the north coast. Whiterocks is my fav.
Most Mischievous Thing You Have Ever Done? Where to begin! In my initial entry pic I had been caught on lifting cold embers from the fire, chewing them on the rug in the living room and demolishing a vase of flowers scattering the remnants throughout multiple rooms. My black staining on my head was from the soot in the fireplace and the yellow from the pollen. My paws were black because I was holding the embers to get good purchase and there was also a green tinge as I did zoomies around the freshly cut garden. I was alone for 5 minutes, they deserved it!
How Did You Come Into Your Owners Life? Dad had drank too much sangria on a beach in Callella and said to mum ‘I think I’d like a cockapoo’. Mum didn’t need to hear that twice and hey presto!
What Makes You The Most Pawtastic Pet Ever! I am every man’s dog. I will sleep and lie around when you are feeling lazy and the next day stand beside you on top of a mountain. Also, I am not hard to look at – have you seen my eyelashes? 😂
Why Did You Decide To Enter The Nose Of Tralee? Mum said the Tesco vouchers would be handy when the man child went to uni! She also wanted to share my bootifulness with the world 🥰
How Did You Prepare For The Contest And Get Votes? I took a big sleep so that I didn’t haff bags under my eyes, I had my floof poofed, I practised all my best poses for the camera, got the teefers polished and made sure to moisturise twice a day.
What Did You Enjoy Most About The Nose Of Tralee? Seeing everyone else in their pictures every day was fab. Also the community that the finalists built, supporting each other and lending encouragement an some craic.
What Advice Would You Give To The Next Nose Of Your County? Make sure the hoomans have enough treats to last the entire campaign. There is a lot of posing and picture taking and I may have gained a few pounds.
How Are You Handling Your New-Found Fame? I am taking it handy. When people ask for a picture I happily oblige but the paparazzi are a pain.
If You Could Be Any Super Hero Who Would You Be? My dad. He is a superhero. He says I saved him but I think he saved me ❤️
Where Can Your Fans Follow You Online? Find me on insta: dexter.dawg.cockapoo