The dog with the blog

CELIA WIGG He's got a hairy coat and a glossy nose and is fast becoming a Norfolk celebrity. For Murphy the dog has got his own internet blog which has just celebrated its 1000th visitor.

CELIA WIGG

He's got a hairy coat and a glossy nose and is fast becoming a Norfolk celebrity.

For Murphy the dog has got his own internet blog which has just celebrated its 1000th visitor.

The 12-year-old labrador-collie cross - also known as Mr Murphy or the Murphmeister - has been building up a loyal following since April when his website k9life.blogspot.com was launched.

Canine and human fans from across the globe have been reading his blog - or personal diary - "It's a dog's life", which features Murphy's view of the world together with that of his brother, a Tibetan Terrier called Oz.

There are regular updates, the topics including 'What we did for our holidays' and 'Separation Anxiety', a common problem when dogs have to be left outside shops or toilets for brief periods while their owners pop inside. And there are loads of photos of the duo.

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Roger Peacock and his wife Catherine Bramwell inherited Murphy when they moved to Eccles, near Attleborough, three years ago and found he came with the house.

Mr Peacock said: "My late father's Old English Sheepdog used to publish a printed newsletter and Murph is keeping the tradition but with new technology.

"Blogs are becoming all the fashion for everybody from chief constables to members of the public, and now a local Norfolk labrador-collie cross has started his own.

"He has followers in Canada and Australia, and even gets messages from a female collie called Cara in Sydney. He and Oz give a simple canine view of the world which we bipeds often make too complicated.

"They can be very wise!"