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Flora from Islington is the first dog to get a green plaque (it’s a pet project)

Samantha Willis

Everyone loves the blue plaque scheme, right? There’s something very rewarding about squinting through the gate of a Victorian terrace to discover which legendary Londoner once called it home. 

Well, if you like the blue ones, you’ll love the green ones. The new commemorative plaque launching in the UK today will recognise remarkable animals. And, boy, are we excited to peek through the privet at these. Picture the scene: you’re wandering up to ’Stow Village for a Sunday roast at your local and shout ‘Look, Chris – Barry the poodle lives in this one and he volunteers at the local care home!’ There simply aren’t enough heart-eye emojis in the world to sum up this kind of cockle-warming discovery.

Some of the first animals to be recognised in the scheme include Walnut the whippet (remember his final beach walk? 😭), a bully-fighting cat called Smudge and Flora the Akita from Islington for alerting her owner to oncoming blackouts.

There are more than 20 plaques currently being put up around the UK and members of the public can nominate their own pets to receive a plaque via the TrustedHousesitters website:

Keep your eyes peeled for the first plaques popping up around town – they might be accompanied by a waggy-tailed greeting!

Want to locate your local London blue plaques? Use this handy interactive map.


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