Blown away! Family's delight as Benny the spaniel leaps to fame after windy beach stroll is pictured around the world
Meet possibly the most talked about dog on the planet right now: Benny the spaniel, whose bracing walk on the beach made us all smile.
He became top dog on the world wide web yesterday after a hilarious picture of him with his ears flapping in the howling wind – and seemingly walking on his hind legs – appeared on the front page of the Daily Mail.
As the image went viral and was widely shared on Twitter, we tracked five-year-old Benny down to his home in Jersey, where his owners declared themselves ‘blown away’ by their beloved pet’s new-found fame.
Last night Richard Dale, 40, said: ‘I can’t believe it. I thought it was an amusing shot, but no more than that. To see it get so much coverage is amazing, just insane really.
‘I took the photo at the beach where we take Benny a lot. He loves the beach. I was throwing tennis balls and he is landing after jumping to catch one, that’s why he looks like he does with his ears up on end and as if he’s standing up.
‘It’s a very lucky shot of him landing after jumping to try to catch the ball – and he obviously missed the ball or it would be in his mouth.
Ishowed it to friends and they thought it was funny. Then after a glass of wine one night I thought it’d be fun to send it to the local paper using the name of my two-year-old daughter Sophie and they put it on their website. It took off from there. I had no idea it would be such a hit.’
Mr Dale, who runs a gardening business, lives with Sophie and his wife in St Lawrence on the island.
They bought Benny for £400 when he was a 12-week-old puppy from a breeder in Monmouthshire, Wales. One of a litter of four English springer spaniels, he had already been named when the Dales got him.
Mr Dale said: ‘He loves the sea and always has done. He isn’t bothered by the wind, rain and elements, just as long as you’ve got a tennis