From left to right: Casper, Billy, Lucky (with the leash) and Basil (hiding behind the street lamp).
The inspiration for this gang of Westies or West Highland Terriers –as they are also known- is based on the Westies I’ve encountered, seen or heard of in Notting Hill. I wanted to feature some additional characters, other than the current one I’ve started using with Casper, as there are more Westies in the Westies of West London.
Casper is our office dog and he’s always raiding the bins, so I thought he’d love it out on the streets, free to do as he pleases. Billy, is one of our client’s Westies –I’ve never seen him but I have heard of his name– and I liked the idea that he has this long, unmanaged fringe which distinguishes him from the rest. He’s also a little bigger than the others and loves betting or gambling with the local pigeons to pass the time. Lucky is one of the other Westies who lives in the mews and is always running around with a leash attached to his collar (sort of like a security blanket I suppose). Basil… well Basil is an excitable, hyperactive pup who is still a bit “leaky”, so he’s generally creating little puddle surprises all over the place.
Welcome to the Westies Gang!