Twm The Dog Dies

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Twm was famous as abandoned dogs go. He was found wandering along the M4 near Swansea about ten years ago and was going to be put down. Fortunately, Claire Sambrook saw him and decided to give him a kind, loving home with her family down in Portsmouth. She decided to name him after the 16th Century Highwayman, Twm Sion Cati – often referred to as the Welsh Robin Hood. Nothing too special in that story you may think, that kind of thing happens every day. This is true but then Seasick Steve stepped in to the story.

Blues singer and friend of the bears, Steve saw a photograph that Claire had taken and posted on Flickr and decided he wanted it for the cover of his 2011 album. The album just happened to be called; “You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks” and Steve wanted to feature the Labrador-collie cross on its cover. Claire admitted she did not even know who Seasick Steve was when he phoned to ask to use it. He spotted it on the internet and said, because Twm was standing in water, it went well with his stage name. Seasick Steve’s popularity has soared in England since he performed on Jools Holland’s annual hootenanny in 2006, and he has now sold more than a million records.

The 69-year-old singer phoned Claire, originally from Tonna, Neath, last November. He left a message on her answer phone, but she was not sure who he was at first. She said at the time; “I had this voice message from someone called Steve from America, but I wasn’t sure who he was,” she said. “He said he liked my picture and would like to use it on his next album,” she added.

Ms Sambrook, who works as a creative technologies lecturer at Portsmouth University, said the penny dropped when the singer explained he liked the image because it featured Twm standing in water and so it suited his stage name, Seasick. “Steve said he was looking on Flickr when he saw a file called old dogs and he saw Twm. He said he was going to launch a competition to find the right picture, but when he saw Twm he said there was no need for a competition anymore. I think it’s absolutely wonderful for Twm and I’m delighted my picture has been used on the album.”

Claire is credited for her photograph on the album, which also includes a few details about Twm.

After hearing of Twm’s death, Steve said; “Thanks for bein’ my Cover Dog, Twm … sure woulda liked to known you … See you on the other side!”

Twm died peacefully of old age.


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The Bearkeeper

A sad and lonely old man who used to have a life but it has now been taken over by his dedication to the cause of saving Renault Bears, running Jammy Toast and searching eBay, car boot sales, charity shops, lofts and even under beds for his beloved bears. He has even now taken in Flat Eric to save him from homelessness – his life is no longer his own!


8 Comments on “Twm The Dog Dies”

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