IT’S a dog’s life for Meg, the famous litter-picker from Little Cornard.
Since appearing in the Free Press, the six-year-old collie and her owner Ken Pople’s feet have barely touched the ground.
Thanks to Meg’s incredible ability to pick up any litter she sees and put it carefully in the bin, the pair have become stars of ITV’s Daybreak and Anglia News programmes and a host of national newspapers.
“I can’t believe the exposure we’ve had on a national scale,” said Mr Pople, who has trained dogs for 50 years. He added that Meg was yet to throw any diva-like strops on camera.
“We have had nothing but compliments from presenters, one said she was one of the most incredible dogs he had ever worked with,” explained Mr Pople.
Meg became the face of Sudbury Town Council’s Spring Clean Fortnight, encouraging people to take pride in their town and help clear up mess and litter.
Mr Pople showed Meg’s talents to pupils at Great Cornard Middle School, before a 29-strong group cleared litter from the school field.
Jonathan Amos, 13, from Bures Road, said: “We are trying to stamp out litter and stop people leaving rubbish on the field.
“You don’t really want to play on the field if there’s mess everywhere. Now it will be better and we can be pleased and proud of where we are.”
The school field was cleared in a single sweep, taking less than half an hour.
Community warden Andy Nunny added: “The main thing is to get these children interested in litter picking, we want to see it all the time.
“If everyone had the mindset of these kids, it would be a much better place.”