Wally Meets Royalty


Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Local author Marsha Boulton and her Bull Terrier Wally recently had a brush with royalty.

Wally is the subject of Ms. Boulton’s latest book, “Wally’s World: Life with Wally the Wonder Dog.”

The Scottish Duke and Duchess of Hamilton were in Hamilton promoting travel to the United Kingdom and the Britain Show.

They took a break to meet with Ms. Boulton and Wally.

Angus Alan Douglas Douglas-Hamilton and his wife, Kay, are active campaigners for animal welfare. The Duchess is chair-person of Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue and active in the Edinburgh-based Advocates for Animals.

 Ms. Boulton presented the couple with a copy of “Wally’s World” and the Duchess’ ears received a noble licking from Wally. Both gifts were accepted with great delight.

 “I’ve had Staffies all my life and Angus’ family all have Bull Terriers. They really are tremendous fun,” noted Her Grace, who has been highly critical of Britain’s Dangerous Dog Act which bans “pit bull-type” dogs.

 Ms. Boulton and Wally serve as ambassadors for the Dog Legislation Council of Canada, a group which is involved in the legal challenge to Ontario’s dog-breed specific legislation. The Duke and Duchess accepted Honorary Membership to the group.

 “Dogs should be properly licensed and owners should be made to be responsible,” said the Duchess, whose own dog is one of the banned breeds in Ontario.

 The Duchess asked why Bull Terriers had not been included in the sweeping Ontario breed ban….which includes any “pit bull-type” dogs.

 Ms. Boulton explained that Ontario Attorney General Michael Bryant had specifically exempted Bull Terriers because popular hockey commentator Don Cherry has a Bull Terrier named Blue and the politician did not want to incur the wrath of Mr. Cherry. Ms. Boulton also pointed out that this was somewhat ironic since Mr. Cherry now owns a purebred American Staffordshire Terrier, which is one of the breeds presently banned in Ontario.

 “Once any breed is singled out and banned, all other breeds are one a slippery slope,” noted the Duke, who is the Queen’s representative in Scotland. “For goodness sake, the Corgi is a banned breed in Italy!”