Akita-labrador puppy is already working with thatcher master on roofs

He’s a woofer too! Akita-labrador puppy Shuck is already working alongside his thatcher master fixing traditional roofs at just a few weeks old

  • Shuck is the new dog of thatcher Richard Haughton, from Witton in Norfolk
  • Mr Haughton, who runs Broadland Thatchers said Shuck is ‘enjoying the trade’
  • The dog is following black labrador Axel, who spent 13 years on roofs 

A labrador-akita puppy cross who is just a few weeks old has already taken to his new dizzying trade – helping to lay thatched roofs with his master.  

The dog, named Shuck, is following in the paw prints of black labrador Axel, who spent 13 years working with thatcher Richard Haughton, in Witton, Norfolk, until his death last year.

Shuck now has the honour of being carried up the ladder before taking a comfortable spot next to Mr Haughton, who runs Broadland Thatchers, as he goes about his work. 

A labrador-akita puppy cross who is just a few weeks old has already taken to his new dizzying trade – helping to lay thatched roofs with his master

The dog, named Shuck, is following in the paw prints of black labrador Axel, who spent 13 years working with thatcher Richard Haughton, in Witton, Norfolk, until his death last year

‘He’s new to the family, he is new to the business. I’ve only had him a few weeks with us but he already fitting in with us and, you know, he’s really enjoying the trade,’ he told the BBC.

‘He’s our new generation of dog on the roof with us. We used to have Axel, he passed away last year,’ he added. 

Shuck is named after a local legend involving a ghostly one-eyed demonic dog, Black Shuck, that is said to stalk the countryside. 

Mr Haughton told the BBC: ‘He’s new to the family, he is new to the business. I’ve only had him a few weeks with us but he already fitting in with us’

Shuck now has the honour of being carried up the ladder before taking a comfortable spot next to Mr Haughton, who runs Broadland Thatchers, as he goes about his work

Shuck is named after a local legend involving a ghostly one-eyed demonic dog, Black Shuck, that is said to stalk the countryside.

Axel became a local celebrity during his time high up, and Shuck is likely to follow him. 

Mr Haughton said of Axel in 2012: ‘He comes everywhere with me and is perfectly happy to sit and watch us at work,’ said the father of two from Witton, near North Walsham, Norfolk.

‘When he was a pup we had to carry him up the ladder but he soon learned how to climb the rungs himself. 

‘You just have to be behind him so he has the confidence to get up,’ he added. 

Axel became a local celebrity during his time high up, and Shuck is likely to follow him. Above: Axel being lifted off the roof by Mr Haughton

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