Martin is Master of the Ballet

Posted by Nerilie Watson on 27 May 2014 | 8 Comments


My partner and I adopted Martin in June 2012- so have almost had him for two wonderful years now.


I just wanted to give you an update on how he is doing. We did a training course with him early on, and have continued to practise the skills we learnt there every day. Every walk we go on is a reward based training session, and we do lots with him at home too. He is a super calm, happy and relaxed dog. I can’t imagine life without him.

I look after three young girls under five- three days a week- and Martin comes with me and has absolutely become part of their family.

One of the girls has a condition which means she has no language or communication skills and probably never will, and I think it would be fair to say that Martin has become her best friend. They adore each other and she absolutely delights in his company. He is very good for all of the girls moods, but especially hers- he calms her down considerably.

Recently Martin has been performing with the West Australian Ballet in their current season of Giselle. My partner, Craig, is the Ballet


Master there and has a role in this production. He plays The Duke, and Martin is The Dukes Dog. Martin has two entrances and about 15 minutes on stage all up. He does some walking about and some sitting while watching the dancers perform. He is doing really well in his role and seems to really enjoy it. The audience love seeing a real dog on stage and he has a lot of fans now. Having a dog on stage is very unusual for a ballet.

We did a lot of training with him both on and off stage and he knows where he needs to be and what he needs to be doing. His body language shows a very relaxed and comfortable dog. Martin brings so much joy to pretty much everyone he meets and often people remark about how calm he is.

I have attached some photos of him with the girls I look after and some of him backstage.

Please know that he is happy and extremely well loved and looked after.


Regards, Nick Lord-Sole.



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  • This is such a wonderful story! It's great to hear all the people Martin has had an impact on. I'm sure he is very relaxed and happy with you

    Posted by Liz, 27/06/2014 8:13pm (4 years ago)

  • How wonderful to see that Martin has not only found a wonderful new home, but has made lots of new friends in the process!
    Look how happy he looks in the company of the little girls...well done Martin, this is a gorgeous, heart warming story.

    Posted by Suzanne, 05/06/2014 6:16pm (4 years ago)

  • Great photos! =)
    And always great to see man's best friend on stage... =)

    Posted by Johnson, 02/06/2014 12:41am (4 years ago)

  • We saw Martin on stage last Tues performing with West Australian Ballet & he looked very relaxed & content. My daughter was so excited to see a real dog onstage with the dancers !

    Posted by Charmaine, 28/05/2014 4:32pm (4 years ago)

  • Probably the most interesting career of any ex- refuge dog and one talented and loving pooch!

    Posted by Ali, 27/05/2014 10:43pm (4 years ago)

  • Dogs love to have a job to do and to be with their people so Marvin has the best of both worlds. He really looks like he enjoys his child care duties too. What a fantastic outcome.

    Posted by Sarah Kearn, 27/05/2014 10:13pm (4 years ago)

  • Wow what a fantastic story,I enjoyed reading it immensely,what a beautiful looking boy Martin is,and a celebrity too.

    Posted by Dot , 27/05/2014 1:03pm (4 years ago)

  • One very lucky dog! Lovely to see these beautiful animals go to such wonderful homes. Dogs are so therapeutic for special needs kids. Keep up the great work x

    Posted by Jo, 27/05/2014 9:45am (4 years ago)

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