HE’S unaware of his new found fame – but a Southsea pooch has joined the top dogs of the music industry after he was picked for the cover of a music star’s new album.
Big-selling blues musician Seasick Steve picked the image of labrador-collie cross Twm, whose name is the Welsh equivalent of Tom, for the front cover of his new record You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks.
His owner Claire Sambrook, 46, got a phone call in person from the star after she posted on the internet her picture of Twm paddling in the sea at Eastney beach.
University of Portsmouth lecturer Claire, of Collingwood Road, Southsea, who used to be a freelance photographer, said: ‘An American guy called Steve left a message and said he would like to use a photo of my dog that he had seen.
‘I had no idea who he was, but he went on to explain he really liked the image of Twm in the water because his name was Seasick – and then the penny dropped.
‘I was amazed, especially later on when I received a preview copy of the CD with my picture of Twm on the front and inside.
‘Even better I’ve heard the album and I love it.
‘It’s really wonderful that this has happened to Twm because he’s such a delightful dog and a real character.’
Rescue dog Twm – named after the Welsh Happy Highwayman Twm Sion Cati – was dumped on a motorway in Swansea before being taken to a local dog pound 11 years ago.
Ms Sambrook, who was in Wales visiting family and on the lookout for a dog to take back to her new house in Portsmouth, laid eyes on Twm and knew he was the one.
She said: ‘There were lots of dogs in the pound but Twm sat there quietly and gave me this look – he chose me.
‘In a way this album couldn’t have come at a better time.
‘Twm’s getting old and slow and I don’t know how much longer he’s got left.
‘But at least now I know that this album will always be there. When I go around the world after he’s gone I can just play the album and he’ll be there with me.’
Seasick Steve, who claims to have once lived as a tramp and plays a three-stringed guitar, shot to fame after appearing on TV with Jools Holland.
He will be performing at the Isle of Wight festival this year.