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One Dog and his Man

“A backward country like Scotland doesn’t have any industry, just some shacks in the highlands making whisky and souvenir golf accessories”. The quote is from satirical news site The Daily Mash, in a piece mocking the views of those ardently opposed to Independence. In fact, Scotland is now the second most popular tourist destination in the world (India is top), with various grassroots websites spreading the word. Leading the promotion pack is “Oor Blaze fae Skye”, a 5 year-old border collie whose stunning “scenery selfies” atop Scotland’s photogenic peaks have earnt him 11.5K Twitter followers and climbing iScot heads to the Isles Inn on Skye to meet Blaze and his “Dad”, Steve Millar.

As he enters, heads turn and a Mexican smile rolls around the cosy bar-room. Pretty young ladies approach to highfive him, his eyes a deep honey colour in the firelight. His besocked paws display near-perfect symmetry, as does the white-streaked face which inspired his name. Blaze is stocky for a border collie, yet has dainty facial features belying endless stamina. His sideline job, as a “mountain model” and online icon, comes naturally – he poses for photos like a Tory leader straddles a tank.

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iScot Magazine April 2017 - issue 28 116 quality pages from THE ONLY TRULY INDEPENDENT PRO SCOTTISH MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HQ'd IN SCOTLAND. "The one with 'Blaze the mountaineering dug' front cover" Featuring the best writers in Scotland today Robbie Dinwoodie, Tom Morton, Derek Bateman, Will MacLeod, Wee Ginger Dug, Jennifer Harper, Grousebeater, Major Bloodnok, Zoe Weir, Vivien Martin, Dave Bowman, Mary Edward, Alyn Smith MEP, Peter A Bell, Dr Steve McCabe, Ann MacKinnon, Angela Robb, David MacKenzie, and Jason Michael McCann