Simply the beast! Springer Spaniel with a VERY voluminous hairdo wins legions of fans who compare him to the likes of Tina Turner and Rod Stewart
- Springer spaniel Teddy, five, from Sheffield, shot to stardom due to crazy hair-do
- Owner Tracy Burgess, 48, set up page for him after fans started flocking posts
- Captions daily posts with hilarious ‘quotes’ from the hound in Yorkshire accent
- Teddy has followers across world including Australia, America and South Africa
A pooch has gone viral after his wacky mane left adoring fans saying he looks like Tina Turner.
Five-year-old Springer spaniel Teddy has gained him an army of followers across his social media platforms for his charming posts and crazy hair-do.
Owner Tracy Burgess, 48, from Sheffield, South Yorkshire, started posting photos of her popular pooch on a dog Facebook group and set up a page devoted to him after fans started flocking to her posts.
Now, she posts daily updates to Teddy’s followers – who come from as a far as Australia, America and South Africa – and captions them with hilarious ‘quotes’ from the hound in a Yorkshire accent.
Five-year-old Springer spaniel Teddy (pictured), from Sheffield, has gone viral after his wacky mane left adoring fans comparing him to the likes of ‘Rod Stewart’ and ‘Tina Turner’
The pooch (pictured) has gained an army of followers across his social media platforms for his charming posts and crazy hair-do
Owner Tracy Burgess (pictured with Teddy), 48, started posting photos of Teddy on a dog Facebook group
Tracy has even written a book about Teddy’s life and spaniel has even got his own calendar – raising over £21,000 for charity over the years.
‘People often compare him to celebrities like “Rod Stewart” and “Tina Turner” because of his crazy hair,’ said the stay-at-home mum. ‘He’s got followers from all over the world – it’s gone mental.
‘People love his posts, especially because they’re all in a Yorkshire sounding accent. We’re based in Sheffield and I imagine he’d sound like Sean Bean if he could talk.
‘We’ve done meet and greet before and I think some of his fans are genuinely surprised he doesn’t speak in that accent!
‘He loves teddy bears but we have to call them his “babies” because he gets confused otherwise – he has around 80 that fans have sent him from all over the world.’
Tracy first fell in love with Teddy when she found him at the South Yorkshire Springer Spaniel rescue centre in December 2015.
After fans started flocking to her posts, the proud owner decided to set up a page devoted to Teddy (pictured)
Tracy now posts daily updates to Teddy’s followers and captions them with hilarious ‘quotes’ from the hound in a Yorkshire accent. Pictured, playing with his toy over the park
Tracy has even written a book about Teddy’s life and the spaniel has even got his own calendar – which has raised over £21,000 for charity over the years. Pictured, with his wacky mane
After bringing him home, she started posting photos of him online before creating the ‘Teddy Burgess’ Facebook page in 2018.
Since then, she has been overwhelmed with the response and Teddy has gained thousands of fans all over the world.
‘I used to donate to the rescue centre a lot and one day I saw Teddy in there – he had been rehomed a couple of times,’ she explained. ‘The next time I saw him to walk him he went crackers and started crying and I knew he remembered me.
‘I wasn’t planning on adopting a dog but I just fell in love. After I got him home, I started posting photos of him on springer spaniel Facebook pages and people loved him.
‘After that, my daughter, Storm, 15, helped me set-up a Facebook page, and things just blew up from there.’
Tracy posts daily – sometimes up to seven times a day – with photos that follow the day-to-day happenings of her pet pooch.
Every post include a funny captions that written phonetically – which when read aloud, would sound like someone with a Yorkshire accent.
Over the last couple of years Teddy’s following has shot up over a thousand across all Facebook and Instagram – which keeps growing.
Teddy (pictured over the park) has followers across the world including Australia, America and South Africa
Tracy first fell in love with Teddy (pictured) when she found him at the South Yorkshire Springer Spaniel rescue centre in December 2015
Tracy posts daily – sometimes up to seven times a day – with photos that follow the day-to-day happenings of her pet pooch, Teddy (pictured)
‘I just post photos and updates of Teddy’s life and people love it,’ said Tracy. ‘I think the fact he sounds like he has a Yorkshire accent is what really makes him stand out.
‘That and his crazy hair style. We have followers from all over the world – I can’t believe how much it’s taken off.
‘People from Australia, America and places in Africa have got in touch to say how much they love Teddy.’
Tracy has also written a book called ‘Ey Up It’s Ted’ about Teddy’s life story and is written in first person from his perspective.
She also sells Teddy-themed merchandise – from aprons to mugs – all the proceedings of which go to animal charities.
‘We created a calendar for Teddy in 2019 and 2020,’ she explained. ‘All the proceeds go to charity and so far we’ve raised £21,000.
‘We split the proceeds between around 15 or 16 different rescue centres, not just dogs, but cats and donkeys too.
‘It’s lovely to see how much joy he can bring and how his posts can brighten up people’s day.’
Teddy (pictured with his toy) has around 80 teddy bears that fans have sent him from all over the world
The owner revealed Teddy (pictured with one of his toys) has done a meet and greet, and joked she thinks some of his fans are surprised he doesn’t speak in an accent
Tracy (pictured) sells Teddy-themed merchandise, with all the proceedings going to animal charities
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