A Big Issue vendor who lost his pet dog on Christmas Day has welcomed a new canine companion to his pitch this week.
Ian Duff, who sells the magazine outside Waitrose in Bath city centre, was left heart-broken following the death of pointer springer Boycie on Christmas Day.
This week the 55-year-old vendor, who described the late dog as “like a son”, welcomed his new dog Trigger – like his predecessor named in tribute to a character from Only Fools and Horses – to his pitch.
“He’s been perfect on the pitch,” said Duff.
“He’s done exactly what Boycie’s done. He’s gone there and been like ‘I’m at work’. He’s had a few blips, he misses the small dog he was with before and so every small dog he wants to go up and play with.
“But, for now, he’s been brilliant.”