Well-ard luck! EastEnders dog Bronson AXED from the soap as understudy replaces him by 'doing a better job' while the pooch was off sick
The new arrivals have been stirring up trouble in Albert Square this summer.
But amidst the EastEnders drama, the Taylor family may not have noticed that the dog playing the role of their beloved pooch Bronson has been switched for a 'better' model.
The original canine, a Staffie cross called Cyrus, won the hearts of 'Enders fans when he went missing after the dramatic gas explosion on the soap this month.
Axed: EastEnders' new Taylor family may not have noticed that the dog playing the role of their beloved pooch Bronson (pictured) has been switched for a 'better' model
But the dog's owner claims Cyrus has now been axed and replaced on the show by his understudy after he had to take time out from filming the soap to get an operation on his leg.
Owner Caroline King, 42, received a phone call dismissing the dog from the role after his second-in-command proved better at 'waiting' during filming.
Furry friends: The Taylor family, who have been compared to the Millers, arrived in Albert Square this summer with Staffordshire bull terrier Bronson and bearded dragon Rooney
Big brood: Cyrus (pictured) has been axed and replaced on the show by his understudy after he had to take time out from filming the soap to get an operation on his leg
The swift move by the show's makers is reminiscent of the demise of Robbie Jackson's beloved Wellard who was killed off the programme in 2008 after Robbie's sister Bianca Jackson fed the pooch a chocolate.
Wellard II, bought by Carol Jackson to try to fill the hole created by the loss of her son's Belgian Tervuren, didn't last long at all.
Sonia Jackson revealed the news of his passing to Dot Cotton in a throwaway comment in an episode in July.
Caroline, who trained Cyrus up to star in music videos and theatre roles such as that of Bill Sikes's pet Bullseye in the musical Oliver!, told the Sun: 'It's cruel, he's been treated unfairly. It's a ridiculous decision because Cyrus is 100 per cent trustworthy and reliable.'
Wellard II (left) suffered a sudden off screen death this summer. Roly (right) was Sharon Watts' poodle from when EastEnders first started in 1985
'The agent rang on Thursday to say the back-up dog was fantastic. It does a better wait and she was going to stick with it. I'm really angry.'
Cyrus's agent Kay Weston was quick to respond and told the paper: 'This dog can't do the work and isn't fit for purpose. The dog didn't fulfil the contract. The back-up is doing what it didn't. Right from the word go I said it must have a good sit, down, stay, wait.'
An EastEnders spokesman said: 'It's not uncommon in a continuing drama for an animal to be recast.'
Ethel Skinner with pet pug Willy and poodle Roly
The original Wellard (left) is by far the most well known Enders pooch, while Keith and Rosie Miller's Irish Wolfhound Genghis perhaps wins the prize for the largest dog on the soap
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