Sergeant Noodles sheds his winter image

SERGEANT Noodles has been called many things. Newcastle’s favourite dachshund. A canine role model. The people’s champion.

Well you can add ‘‘fashionista’’.

You see, Noodles, who you met in Topics when he gave us his picks for the last Melbourne Cup, dresses for the season. He’s been sporting this fleecy beige coat over winter, which ends today. 

The Newcastle East Newsagency resident was kind enough to model it for us. Or, more accurately, he was snoozing on the footpath and we got him to wear it. To be honest, he didn’t seem too pleased.

Not to worry. The spring returned to the Sergeant’s step on a trip to Newcastle Beach (not on the sand, compliance officers) for this spring fashion shoot.

We even got to walk him there. Such an honour. At one point he looked poised to make us regret not taking a plastic bag, but it turned out he was just marking his territory.

Noodles may look trim and fit now, but it’s been a tough 18 months. He’s had to recover from two back operations.

‘‘Five grand a pop,’’  his owner, Ed Hudson, said.

For fashion-conscious dogs this spring, Noodles recommends a simple collar and lead ensemble.

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