Is this Britain's best dog?: Axl up for award after helping teach canine first aid
WHILE his contemporaries were mastering "fetch", Axl the dog was "writing" his first book.
And after helping his owner teach canine first-aid classes, the pooch is now in the running for Britain's Best Office Dog.
Rhodesian ridgeback Axl was nominated by one of the students in his class – which teaches dog owners and those who work with dogs how to perform first aid if man's best friend gets into trouble.
"Axl is a great dog for showing students how to perform first aid," said owner Kerry Rhodes.
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"I use him in demonstrations, so they can do things like listen with a stethoscope and find his pulse.
"It is all well and good explaining things to people, but it is better to do demonstrations on a real dog rather than a cuddly toy."
Axl is also regularly dressed up in bandages, so students of the Rhodes2Safety classes can learn how to tie them with the correct amount of pressure.
Kerry, 42, who lives with her dogs Axl and Rain in Elloughton, said: "We've been doing the courses for three years now.
"Axl is a very good dog, he is quite happy to just sit there and let the students practise on him."
One of Axl's pupils nominated him for the Britain's Best Office Dog award.
The competition is fierce, with Axl going up against 90 other dogs.
They include Ralph, who has his own blog, Maisie, who can do pig impressions, Daniel the spaniel, who works in IT, and Dexter, who has his own Twitter account.
A host of prizes are up for grabs, which Kerry and Axl will donate to Midlands and Northern Rhodesian Ridgeback Rescue.
Kerry said: "If it is cash, it is something they can spend, or if it is a physical prize I'll give it to them to raffle to make money."
Axl is six years old and has been with Kerry since he was a puppy.
He travels all over the UK with her, giving first aid courses from Scotland down to Bournemouth.
Just before Christmas, he released his first book – Rhodes 2 Recovery ... Doggy Style.
The book charts Axl's various scrapes and accidents he has been in and tells humans how they should perform first aid in the different situations.
Kerry said: "The first bit of the book is written in a funny style from Axl's point of view.
"He describes his mishaps and how to fix them.
"There are various stories about things that have happened to him over the years.
"In the back, there is a more formal step-by-step guide so people can quickly flick to that for help."
The ebook is available online at www.rhodes-2-safety.co.uk but Kerry hopes it will soon be on other book websites, too.
So what are Axl's chances of winning Britain's Best Office Dog?
"I think he has a good chance of winning," said Kerry.
"I'm circulating the website link to all my friends.
"We just need people to vote now."
• Cast your votes for Britain's Best Office Dog before Sunday, January 20.