Proof you can still teach an old dog new tricks!

Gail with Ellie who is set to be a small screen star
Gail with Ellie who is set to be a small screen star
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A talented pooch has landed a role in a film.

Ellie, a 12-year-old Jack Russell, is learning new tricks and commands for the hush-hush role.

It’s definitely why I decided to open there

The movie is coming out early next year and owner Gail Baker, from South Shore, can’t reveal many details until nearer the time.

But as Ellie’s shot at stardom has coincided with Gail’s new venture in Morecambe these are exciting times for the ‘doggie day care’ expert.

Gail’s new firm Hydropaws on the Whitefield Place business park specialises in looking after pet dogs while their owners are away or at work, as well as dog training and behaviour, grooming, hydrotherapy, massage and rehabilitation.

As physiotherapist for the Welsh Dog Agility Team, Gail also has a wealth of experience in preparing dogs for ‘dog agility’ events where canines run through an obstacle course led by a handler.

She travelled with the Wales team to the World Games in Holland and has helped prepare dogs for Crufts.

Gail said Ellie’s own training for the film role has gone well.

“She has to learn to growl and bark on command, things she’s not done before,” said Gail.

“I can’t say much about it yet but it’s going to be great.”

Gail chose the White Lund site of her new business after being attracted to the area by the opening of the new Heysham bypass road.

“It’s definitely why I decided to open there,” she said.