Here’s a new service that I came across being discussed on the radio today, it’s called something like Phone A Pet! As soon as I heard the introduction to the article, my ears pricked up. After all, this was mainstream BBC radio around midday. What else caught my interest was the fact that it’s been set up by non other than former high profile TV/Radio presenter, Noel Edmonds. Yep, ‘Phone A Pet’ seems to be his idea and initially he has been doing the phoning.
I can’t help thinking this is some kind of prank, after all, Mr Edmonds made a living from pranking people in the 1980’s. Him and that Mr Blobby character before he moved on to afternoon TV running a quiz show where people open cardboard boxes in the hope of winning life changing amounts of cash.
Like most people, I like animals and certainly wouldn’t hurt one. However, I do believe that pets in particular are what they are, pets!! Goldfish, dogs, budgies, spiders whatever your choice and usually as long as you feed them, water them and take some of them for a walk they seem quite happy to me. If there’s a problem then it’s usually a trip to the local vet that can sort 90% of the problems.
Mr Edmonds seems to think that some of our pets need a little talking to, just to show our appreciation of them and he’s prepared to call you up on the phone and talk to your beloved, depressed out of sorts animal. If I’m honest, I think he’s gone stark raving bonkers! I don’t have a pet, but if I did and it wasn’t looking to happy or was having a bad day, I’d give him a pat and maybe a treat to cheer him up and leave it at that.
Can you imagine the scene:
Breep breep, breep, breep…….. “Hello, 453625672 The Joneses residence, this is the butler speaking, how may I help?” A well known voice comes back, “Hi, this is Noel Edmonds, can I speak to Tiddles who I’ve heard is a bit down at the moment.”
Everything goes quiet for a minute or two while the butler goes in search of the cat.
“Hello, Mr Edmonds, I’m putting the phone to Tiddles ear now.”
“Hi Tiddles, I’ve heard you’ve not been feeling too good lately, but I want you to know that you’re a very appreciated Tiddles and I’ve phoned you especially to tell you how much everyone loves you.”
Silence!!! Not even a purr from the cat.
“Hello Mr Edmonds, this is the butler again, Tiddles has just ran off and pi**ed all over the kitchen floor! I have to go now and clean up, thank you for that!” Beeeeeeeeeeep.
I honestly don’t get it, the poor guy is losing the plot. He should never have split from Mr Blobby!!
There’s an article in the Guardian newspaper here just to show I’m not making it up.