Banana Chat – meet Jimmy Chipolata

This week’s Banana Chat is with our inspirational person, I mean dog (!) of the week – Jimmy Chipolata , a therapy dog from Nottingham Trent University with his own fashion brand….

I’m Jimmy Chipolata and I‘m not your average Dachshund – I‘m a dog of many talents, bursting with charisma.  I am a registered Pet Therapist, whose favourite pastime is hanging out with people and making them feel happy.  I‘m available for appearances for wellbeing sessions and mental health events.  I love the limelight and hot on the tail of my media and modelling career (Vogue, Italy) I have now launched my own Jimmy C clothing range, so other Dachshunds can look great too.

What is your favourite joke?
So this guy walks into a bar with his Dachshund. Despite the strange stares from the other bar occupants, they order round after round. They proceed to drink themselves silly.

After about a dozen drinks, the dachshund stood up, staggered for a few steps and then toppled over, paws straight up, tongue hanging out, snoring loudly. At this his companion stands up as well, settles the bar bill and starts to walk out of the bar.

The bartender shouts, “Hey buddy, you can’t leave that lyin’ here!”

At that the man replies, “You’re wrong… that’s a dachshund, not a lion!”

What makes you smile?
When I cheer up students I meet who miss their own pets in my role as a pet therapy dog.

What is your favourite good news story?
That recent research has shown that having a dog as a companion not only enhances your social life, but can also improve your mental and physical health.

What inspires you?
People being prepared to spend hours on the streets and even get arrested to show their support for safeguarding the Earth’s environment and biodiversity.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
That the world’s wealth was shared more evenly across communities, across the planet.

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
To have pooh that immediately vanished so it didn’t need picking up.

What is your favourite food?
Cheddar cheese

What is your favourite drink?

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home?
My velvet collar and Jimmy C bandana.

If you could make one law, what would it be and why?
That it would be illegal for people to laugh at dogs wearing hats.  Because it is rude and I like wearing hats.

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know?
I have appeared in the Italian version of Vogue.

What is your favourite phrase or saying?
Properly trained, a man can be dog’s best friend.

What cause, project or event would you like to promote?
I support the charity ‘Student Minds’ through my online clothing website – as it’s a cause very close to my heart.  Mental health in young people is fragile and we need to do all we can to support them.

Who is your favourite music artist?
Snoop Dog (only joking it’s The National)

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
My Mum Debra, who rescued me from my previous home, got me into shape and enabled me to bring some extra happiness and comfort to the people I meet in my role as a therapy dog.

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold?  Hot

Cat or dog?  Dog

Blue or pink?  Blue

Tea or coffee? Bleurrgh water

Glass half-empty or glass half-full?  Always half full

Pyjamas or not?  Not

Night out or night in?  Night In

Pizza or pasta?  Pizza

Biscuits or cake?  Biscuits

Wine or beer? Bleurrgh Water

Football or rugby?  Rugby

Cinema or theatre?  Cinema

Gym or TV?  TV

Naughty or nice?  Naughty

Silver or gold? Silver

Tent or hotel?  Hotel

Bath or shower?  Bath

Starter or pudding?  Cheese

Sheets or duvet?  Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones

Finally, apple or banana?  Apple

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