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Rumble hits the big screen

Issue: 08/12/2023

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With dreams of opening a shop in a city renowned for its chocolate, a young and poor Willy Wonka discovers that the industry is run by a cartel of greedy chocolatiers, and so goes the story of the newly released blockbuster Wonka, which looks set to be a box office hit.
And it was certainly a hit for Jayne and Chris Roberts (Joybull) after their Bullmastiff  Ch the Nightshifts Hotmail at Joybull (Rumble) got asked to play Twizzle in the film.
Jayne told OUR DOGS: 'One Sunday night we got a phone call that we thought was a prank, asking if we have a brindle Bullmastiff, our reply was yes.  They asked if we could take him down to Warner Brother studios for an audition the following morning, luckily we had no plans so off we headed with Rumble (then aged eight)  and his daughter, three-year-old Treacle.
'We were greeted by security and escorted in to the studios, where there were various dogs all brindles, Rumble was put through his audition and temperament test which he passed with flying colours.

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'We went off for lunch, on return we were told they would like to use Rumble.
'The following Monday he went off for training, where he lived with one of the trainers and her family. We had daily updates and pictures, Rumble very quickly became a family member and an on set favourite with the cast and crew.
'We had the chance a few times to go and see him on set, he was a natural, they say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. This is so wrong and it was amazing to see the talents of these trainers. This went on through lock down, and Rumble ended up having a extended stay as the production was stopped a few times.
'In March 2022 we had to ask for him back to attend Crufts where he won BVIB! 
'This boy is something special and we thank his breeders for the opportunity of owning and loving this special boy'
Rumble was bred in Holland by Debby and Marijn of the Nightshifts Bullmastiffs. He is is now 10 and a half years young and enjoying his retirement on the sofa.
Wonka is released in UK cinemas on December 8.