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Degree date for dissertation dog in Edinburgh

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Media captionMr Proctor said he wanted Fudge to share his big day with him

A student and his dog have donned robes in Edinburgh at his graduation after the pet helped his owner complete his university degree.

Jack Proctor, 34, joined forces with cocker spaniel Fudge as he studied for his design and digital arts degree at Edinburgh Napier University.

The seven-year-old dog starred in Jack's introductory video and course work, and was in his dissertation.

Fudge was at the ceremony wearing robes made by Mr Proctor's wife.

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Mr Proctor, from Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, said: "I know it seems eccentric, but Fudge has been part of my journey through uni since day one, so it just feels like a nice way to mark the journey's end.

"He was such a fundamental part of my dissertation that I even mentioned him in the acknowledgement section."

Mr Proctor and Fudge were seen online last year doing the Ice Bucket Challenge craze when technical trickery was used to show Jack being hoodwinked into getting a soaking by his four-legged friend.

Fudge featured in a series of videos for Jack's dissertation on how designers can optimise the shareability of their work, comedy special effects being used to show the dog regularly outsmarting hapless humans.

He also took lead and cameo roles in Mr Proctor's course assignment videos including The Dog Dice (in which Fudge plays Snakes and Ladders) and the Soi Dog Foundation.

Mr Proctor said: "Our Ice Bucket Challenge video was our most successful, with millions of views on Facebook and 250,000 on Youtube, but other videos we had made have had view counts ranging from 30,000 to 300,000, and have appeared on news video sites.

"We are very much a partnership so it just seemed right that Fudge should share my big day with me."

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