Thanks to the Times Colonist for this article.
If you haven’t seen Wendy, the Bully Whippet, here’s your chance! She was born with a genetic mutation that gives her double the muscle of regular Whippets. And according to her family she’s very sweet as well!
Celebrity dog from Central Saanich makes U.S. TV network appearance
Kim Westad, Times Colonist
Maybe it was the smell of steak in the air, or maybe Big Wendy just likes a crowd. Whatever the reason, the ripped whippet was no doggie diva Monday as she made her television debut on The Today Show in Manhattan.
Rather, the celebrity dog from Central Saanich seemed quite serene as hundreds of fans lined Rockefeller Plaza for the taping of the popular morning show. She accepted pats from reporters Al Roker and Natalie Morales, who interviewed owner Ingrid Hansen for a few minutes about the muscled dog who has made international headlines.
“She was pretty good,” Hansen said Monday night, relaxing at the $500-U.S. a night hotel room that NBC booked for her and Wendy. “I think she’s actually loving the attention.”
The morning show was also doing a segment on grilling steaks, and some of the crew slipped Wendy a few pieces before the camera rolled. Hansen said it’s likely her four-year-old dog was sniffing for steak while she made her network television debut.
Wendy has shot to infamy because of a genetic condition that has seen the usually sleek whippet body become incredibly muscled. She weighs 27 kilograms and is pure bulging muscle, a so-called “bully whippet.”
Wendy’s day started with an SUV driving to the entrance of Le Parker Meridien hotel on West 57th Street in Manhattan to pick up her and Hansen for the morning show. Afterwards, she went to Central Park for a walk. It took a while, because Wendy fans kept stopping Hansen, telling her that her dog looked like the one they had seen on the Internet. Hansen told them it was the same dog.
“There were a lot of photos taken of her.”
Inside Edition, an evening entertainment show, also did a segment on Wendy. They took her to a dog park in Manhattan, but Wendy was a bit intimidated by the other dogs,” Hansen said. “She doesn’t have all her friends here so she was a little cautious.”