The real stars of the opening ceremony? Scottie dogs

The Scottie dogs which took part in the athletes' parade stole the show at last night's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

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Fans flocked to Twitter to tell of their delight as the terriers trotted around Celtic Park sporting red tartan coats bearing the name of the national team they were leading out.

Around 40 Scotties took part in the celebrations in Glasgow, with many "recycled" to accompany more than one nation.

But it all became too much for some weary animals and they had to be carried around the stadium.

Jacqui McKinnon told BBC Breakfast that her pet Jock had auditioned for the star role in the opening ceremony, but when the big day came he unexpectedly staged a sit-down protest.

She said: "The dogs dealt with it really well; it's just Jock decided he wasn't walking. As soon as I put his Malaysia coat on he thought 'I'm sitting down'. So Jock was the one who was carried around the Celtic stadium."

She said her Scottie was giving the world a taste of the breed's trademark stubbornness.

"They are very good-natured, they have great temperaments, but in Scotland we say they are thrawn, which means they are stubborn", she said.

"And when they take a notion, there is just no budging them. You can try food, everything. They will take the food, but still not budge."

And she revealed that backstage the dogs were pampered by a special team of trainers and vets to ensure they were looking and feeling their best for their moment in the spotlight.

She said: "They were absolutely fantastic, the team - they had a vet, they had a dog trainer, they all had crates if they wanted to go in the crates, there was water, there were fans. They looked after the humans as well, but the dogs were absolutely fantastic."

The biggest cheer of the night was reserved for Hamish, who proudly led out Team Scotland at the Games where 71 nations will compete for sporting glory.

His owner, Aaron Chisholm, said: "It was amazing. It was quite loud but it was a really, really good experience."

His father, Barry, said the Games helped to showcase the famous dog breed.

Asked why he had chosen to have a Scottie, he said: "We just like the breed, we like the dog and have always loved him, so why not? Why wouldn't you have a beautiful Scottie dog?"

Twitter was awash with messages from fans who said the Scotties were the true stars of the show.

Andy Murray's mother, Judy, posted a photograph of Hamish leading out the Scottish team, with the message: "Scottie dogs in tartan coats at CG opening ceremony. Barkingly brilliant."

And Scottish MP Jackie Baillie wrote on Twitter: "Just love the Scottie dogs! Can I have one please?"

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