Politicians and their pets: Liam McArthur and Gerry

Written by Staff reporter on 9 July 2019 in Inside Politics

The MSP for Orkney introduces us to his spaniel, Gerry

Liam McArthur and Gerry - Image credit: Liam McArthur





Springer (spaniel)



Nine months


How long have you had him?

Three months


Where did you get him?



What can he do?

About 0-30 in five seconds


What do you love about him?

Madcap personality


What special talents does he have? 

Vertical lift off that puts NASA to shame


What’s his best trick?

Extracting food from a ‘kong’ by dropping it down the stairs


What are his most annoying habits?

Getting on a scent and not coming back


What’s the worst thing he’s done?

Apart from shit on the sitting room floor?


Do you think of yourself as a pet parent or pet owner?

 Seriously? Spaniel retriever


What’s the most exorbitant thing you’ve ever purchased for your pet?

Fencing of the fields round the house to try to stop Gerry running away


What’s the most ridiculous thing you have bought or done for your pet?

Paid for fencing in the vain hope of stopping Gerry running away


What was the first pet you ever had? 

A mongrel called Maggie


What would be your dream pet? 

A dog that didn’t keep running off


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