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Puppy love Laura Whitmore reveals husband Iain Stirling first chatted her up about her dog Mick

Others who star in Darren Kennedy’s podcast series ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ include Amy Huberman

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Laura Whitmore and her husband Iain Stirling

Laura Whitmore and her husband Iain Stirling

Laura Whitmore and her husband Iain Stirling

TV presenter Darren Kennedy has persuaded several of his celebrity friends to open about their personal lives with their pets.

Laura Whitmore reveals to Darren how her now husband Iain Stirling initially chatted her up with he slipped into her DMs enquiring about her adorable Maltipoo dog Mick.

And Vogue Williams tells the 40-year-old how she had to train her pouch Winston, which is a cross between a beagle and cavalier, to get used to her new baby.

Others who star in Darren’s podcast series ‘The Secret Life Of Pets’ include Amy Huberman, James Kavanagh, Trinny Woodall and ’How to fail’ author Elizabeth Day.

“I recorded them in the early part of lockdown,” explains Darren.

“The interesting thing with Vogue is, a lot of people underestimate the preparation you have to do when you introduce a new baby into a home with a dog - so that everyone is a happy family.”

The style guru himself has a Yorkshire terrier, Harry, who is nearly aged 15.

“He’s been very good, I haven’t really had many problems, bar with his teeth, as yorkies tend to have dental problems,” he points out.

“Twice he has needed to get major work done on his teeth. But other than that, he had been fit as a fiddle and is still full of beans. He’s a great little fellow.”

Darren reveals he has always been an animal lover.

“I always had animals when I was growing up and in my early days, I wanted to be a vet or a zoologist,” he smiles.

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Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

Darren Kennedy

“Although I’m not good with needles, I’m very squeamish.

"When I was young, I always had dogs, I had fish, birds, rabbits, frogs - everything. I find it very rewarding being close to nature and the wilderness. I grew up in Santry, even though some people think I grew up on a farm or something.”

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Getting involved with pets is right up his street.

“It’s a passion I’ve always had,” he said.

“People would know me with Harry and supporting charities like Dogs Trust.

"I thought it would be nice to talk to some people I know, or am interested, in about their pets.

"Pet ownership and dog ownership has gone through the roof during lockdown, so it’s quite timely.

“The way Iain and Laura got together through their love of dogs doesn’t surprise me at all.

"I’ve lived where I am for a long time, and before I had Harry, I didn’t speak to people.

"But with animals with you, it’s a great way to open a conversation otherwise you’d never have an opportunity to speak to anyone else in the community.

“They say owners are like their dogs and vice versa. I don’t know what Harry says about me!”

Darren is also smitten with the love of his life, Conor, who he’s pictured with here.

“As a couple we are very private, but I’m very happy out,” he stresses. “ We are together about a year and just enjoying life.”

The TV star is currently on the Greek island of Santorini, where he is recovering after injuring his foot.

“I injured my ankle, sprained it, while playing tennis,” he confirms “I was on crutches for a few days and as anyone who has been to Santorini with its hills it’s a difficult place to get around on on crutches.”

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