Saturday 20 January 2018

Twink reveals dog Teddy's disappearance has 'turned into a criminal investigation'

Twink and her dog, Teddy.
Twink and her dog, Teddy.
Twink and Teddy
Twink and Teddy Bear reunited
Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin
Twink's missing dog, Teddy Bear
Twink & Teddy Bear The Dog
Barry Egan

Barry Egan

In the past week, he has become perhaps the most famous Teddy since Roosevelt or Kennedy. The story of how Twink's dog was stolen and then recovered captured the nation's hearts as much as anything in recent times. It has grown legs - posssibly even four of them.

I was in London on Friday interviewing Graham Norton; I told him the heart-warming tale of Teddy. He told me to pass on his love to Twink and indeed to Teddy.

I felt a little part of the story of Teddy.

Last weekend myself and Sunday Independent ace photographer Tony Gavin did an interview with the star at her home in Knocklyon. The following day Tony met by chance a friend in town, to whom he told the shaggy dog story about missing Teddy. 'Oh my God,' she said, 'I was in the pet shop yesterday and these two young fellas came in with a Yorkshire Terrier and they were asking what the dog was worth etc.'

Tony's friend rang Twink. Then Twink and the woman went to the pet shop, looked at the CCTV footage, and got the registration of the car from it. The guards traced the owner of the car, got a search warrant, searched the house and found the dog under a bush in the back garden. The police brought the dog to the vet, checked the microchip to make sure it was the right dog. And then brought Teddy home last week.

Read more: Panto queen Twink overjoyed to be reunited with her beloved Teddy

So yesterday lunchtime, Tony Gavin and I returned once more to Twink's - and Teddy's - house in Knocklyon. I had had a 60 minute phone conversation with Twink on Thursday night which left me with the impression, however vague, that she would give me another interview on Saturday. How barking am I!

I ended up talking to Twink through the intercom of her gate for 20 minutes while all her dogs (bar Teddy, "my little hero", who was inside with his famous mammy) ran around the garden. She said she was in her dressing gown with one foot in the shower.

"As Paddy Cole used to say you've a neck like a jockey's bollocks - and that's made of leather," she said.

I'll take that as a compliment, I say.

Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin
Twink (Adele King) and her dogs, minus the missing Teddy Bear Photo: Tony Gavin

"Fuck off!" she laughs as I laugh in return. (Twink can make f**k off seem like Shakespeare at his most lyrical.)

Twink & Teddy Bear The Dog
Twink & Teddy Bear The Dog

I tell her that Graham Norton sends his love.

"He told Louis Walsh his parents used to bring him up to see me in the pantos. And that he used to come back down and pretend to be Twink on the bed with the hair brush. "

I ask her to tell the story of how Teddy was found.

I immediately wish I hadn't.

"Jesus!" she erupts. "There is no f**king hope for you! I'm dying to know the full facts of how Teddy was found. It has been turned into a criminal investigation and I don't want to say much more."

Read more: Linda Martin and Twink end feud as Linda helps to find missing dog Teddy

You have to admire, even love, Twink. The late Gerry Ryan once told me that it was one of the biggest shames of national television that RTE never gave Twink a show, and that the powers that be at Montrose were frightened of strong, talented women like Twink. That said, she was preparing to head out to Montrose to appear on the Saturday Night Show last night.

"Because of the gravity of the situation," Twink said referring to Teddy's dogknapping. "Brendan O'Connor was professional and courteous enough to come out to my house yesterday [Friday]" Twink claimed, because she was fearful, needlessly, of being presented as "the jaded, fluffy, blonde, ditzy Barbie's Granny Twink. "

"Ted, God bless that little man, was a catalyst to highlight what is actually going on - and so serious and so rampant is that crime! And Brendan O'Connor in his infinite maturity and wisdom said it deserves another show. So another programme is on the cards."

Sunday Independent

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