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Dog's old sofa saved by petition
Levi the dog on his sofa
The campaign to save Levi's sofa attracted worldwide support
A pet dog's favourite tatty old sofa has been saved after an unusual petition attracted support from around the world.

Levi's owner Jacky Jackson wanted to throw the "smelly and chewed" sofa out when she moved home in Buckie, Moray.

The bone of contention doubled as the Rhodesian ridgeback's bed.

An online petition started by her partner was signed by more than 100 objectors - so Miss Jackson allowed the sofa to move house with them too.

Miss Jackson wanted to throw out the threadbare three-seater as she said it was tattered and smelly.

It's a success for the dog, he needs a familiar place
Darren Spence

However, her partner Darren Spence started the petition to save three-year-old Levi's comforting favourite seat.

Miss Jackson said she would allow the couch to move to their new home - but only if enough people supported the petition.

More than 100 people from as far afield as Germany and Finland offered their support, and she conceded Levi's sofa was saved.

Restaurateur Mr Spence, 34, told BBC Scotland on Monday: "Levi is now settling in to his new home and has parked himself on his favourite sofa again - so he's happy, which is the main thing.

'Absolute mess'

"It's a success for the dog, he needs a familiar place.

"Jacky thinks the sofa is smelly and chewed, it's about six years old and Levi took a shine to it. He also used it as a bed.

"The online petition response was thick and fast, it has had more than 100 supporters from all over the UK and Europe. It's amazing - and it also saves us buying Levi a new bed.

"Levi loves it."

He said his partner "took it on the chin" when she realised the petition had saved the sofa.

Miss Jackson said of Levi's sofa: "It's an absolute mess."


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