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Episode 88 - Kate and Gin .. and Ice


Released Sat May 23, 2009
Length: 0:40:16
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Kate, Gin and Ice

Gin wants to work permanently but as soon as you've stopped working Ice she'll just lay down and chill. She's got an on and off switch, whereas Gin is permanently switched on.
 - Kate Nicholas

It's hard to believe that it was only last year that doggy dancing duo Kate and Gin burst onto our television screens in the show Britain's Got Talent. They amazed the judges with their display of heelwork-to-music, with Simon Cowell declaring, "All my life I have searched for the new Lassie and I think I've found him. That dog has got more talent than Rin Tin Tin."

Kate and Gin went on to the finals of the show, delighting viewers at home with their wonderful routines. Since then there have been countless personal appearances for the partnership as well as success in competitions, and of course lots and lots of dancing displays.

So how does a girl of sixteen cope with such incredible success? And what came after that initial blaze of publicity?

The big news is that the duo has become a trio with the arrival of Border Collie Ice, who is now nine months old. According to Kate, Ice seems to know that she has big footsteps to follow, and is proving a very willing pupil. So how has Gin taken to the arrival of the newcomer? And what was it that Gin did in obedience classes that was so embarrassing? To discover all that and more, listen to Kate talking about her beloved - and clever - dogs.

To find out more you can visit Kate's website or tweet her on Twitter.


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