CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Hertfordshire Life today CLICK HERE

Casualty actress Jaye Griffiths talks about her mischievous pets

PUBLISHED: 12:30 23 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:39 27 June 2016

Actress Jaye Griffiths relaxes at home with four-year-old Peggy the blue and white whippet and nine-year-old lurcher Rodney (Danny Loo)

Actress Jaye Griffiths relaxes at home with four-year-old Peggy the blue and white whippet and nine-year-old lurcher Rodney (Danny Loo)

© 2016 Danny Loo, All Rights Reserved

Jaye Griffiths, whose CV is a roll-call of prime-time British dramas, has two friends who help her to stay relaxed amid the whirl of a TV film set – her whippet Peggy and lurcher Rodney. The Barley actress tells Laura Vickers about the joy they bring

Actress Jaye Griffiths and her husband Paul Bezodis relax at home with four-year-old Peggy the blue and white whippet and nine-year-old lurcher Rodney (Danny Loo)Actress Jaye Griffiths and her husband Paul Bezodis relax at home with four-year-old Peggy the blue and white whippet and nine-year-old lurcher Rodney (Danny Loo)

Like all dog owners, my husband and I own the best dogs in the world. Four-year-old Peggy is a blue-and-white whippet of a rare and delicate beauty and Rodney, (or Sir Rodney, to give him his full title) is a nine-year-old lurcher of grace, courage and a wistful loyalty. They are our joy. However, they are also cheeky, naughty tea–leafs! Their philosophy is ‘If you put it down, it’s mine. If you think about putting it down, it’s mine.’ I have often heard a dining room chair being dragged across the room as Peggy attempts to get the treats from my coat pocket.

And how many times have I ended up on the floor because two dogs have managed to stretch themselves out on the sofa? They are upside down, legs doing the dream samba and I am deeply uncomfortable on my six-inch square of cushion. But their vulnerability is so charming that we don’t want to break the spell. So we let them sleep and we sit on the floor. I know there are those who find that bizarre but when you share your home with a creature that arrived scared of the world and months later she is secure and happy enough to push you slowly off the sofa, well it’s difficult to be ‘top dog’. Relinquishing the furniture seems to us a price worth paying.

Outside of sofa lounging, they are hunters. If it moves, chase it. If it stands still, chase it in case it moves. It is something to behold when you watch creatures bred for speed run with their whole hearts. It is breath-stealing. They can cross a field in seconds. They go from standing to full sprint in a head turn.

They have been on set with me on a number of occasions. They are very settled in the trailer and make full use of the space, throwing their toys around and moving their beds. My only misgiving with set visits is the catering truck. Within seconds of arrival they are at the back door and the kind chefs feed them sausages and bacon. Even though you stress that they do not need any supplements to their diet, the crew and cast all secretly give them titbits and I go home with fat dogs. However, as I work long hours I am very fortunate that I am able to take them with me.

The only advantage to leaving the beasts at home is the return. The crowding of you as two dogs attempt to get as close to you as possible while they shake their bodies from side to side in a tail-wag frenzy is a delight. Perhaps that is one of the main reasons we share our lives with this other species. They cannot lie. Their feelings are only now. They do not re-hash yesterday’s woes; they revel in today’s joys.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hertfordshire visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hertfordshire staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hertfordshire account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Friday, December 7, 2018

Devon Life received this heartfelt letter from Mr Michael Thompson, of Torbay, which is felt particularly poignant to share with our website audience at this time of year

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

The actor Anthony Head talks to Bernard Bale about his love of animals and wildlife, and the countryside around his Somerset home

Read more
Friday, December 7, 2018

Talented singer brings home prestigious title after top performance

Read more
Thursday, December 6, 2018

Hanna Miraftab, newest star of hit TV series The Real Housewives of Cheshire, shares some insight into her life

Read more
Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Bursting with festive inspiration, KATE WILLIAMS seeks out the best presents for a perfect Devon Christmas

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Ballroom star and world class judge Gary Edwards has enjoyed an incredible career in dance, claiming 30 dance titles across the globe, followed by a stint as advisor to the Royal family of Brunei. Now a presenter on hit American show Dancing with the Stars, Denise Marshall caught up with the Romford-born star for the inside word on Strictly 2018!

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

As we mark the centenary of the end of world War I, Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office reveals a unique insight into life at war during this bleak time | Words: Hannah Salisbury

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We asked our very own Snowman to reveal his top cultural picks

Read more
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

We peek inside wildlife painter Catherine Ingleby’s Shurlock Row home, which she has transformed from a dated 70s relic into a colourful hive of creativity

Read more

Celebrating the centenary of women being allowed to vote in a UK General Election, we look at leading Kent ladies, then and now

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search