Simon Cowell loves a dog act, and that includes Britain’s Got Talent contestants Dave and Finn. Police officer Dave Wardell shared the inspiring story of his friendship with the German Shepherd, and brought Simon to tears.
The pair competed on Season 13 of the show, in 2019. They reached the finals with their touching magic act. Read on to find out more about their BGT journey, and where they are now.
Dave And Finn Make Simon Cry On ‘BGT’
“We all think our dogs are magical, but Finn truly is,” Dave shared in their audition. He asked David Walliams to think of an object and write it down. He then showed it to Finn, who seemed to whisper it in Dave’s ear. He guessed it correctly.
Dave went on to share a slideshow telling their story. Finn was Dave’s police partner, and he saved Dave from a knife attack, almost losing his life as a result. The story clearly moved Simon Cowell, who could be seen crying.
Dave ended up asking Simon to come on stage and look through a book of words to describe Finn. Simon chose one of them (“heroic”) and was amazed to see that it had already been engraved on the dog’s collar.
In later performances, Finn seemed to read the judges’ minds. The pair made it to the finals, and finished the competition in fifth place overall.
Where Are They Now?
The two friends have done a lot more than read people’s minds. Dave co-wrote a book called Fabulous Finn, which shared the story of Finn’s bravery and how he came back from the brink of death after his stabbing.
The pair also made a difference in the legal system. After Finn’s attacker walked away without punishment for his stabbing, Dave fought to have a law put in place that would protect service animals from attack.
In 2019, Finn’s Law came into effect, making it harder for people who harm service animals to claim self-defense. “This law is the only reason I put myself on stage in front of nine million people,” Dave shared with the BBC. Such attacks on animals could previously only be considered criminal damage.
“Finn is an incredible dog and an amazing character,” Dave said of his trusty companion. “I’m immensely proud of him.”