Bonzo the Wonder Dog and the Cricket World Cup


Bonzo lives with his human family, the Khans, in Clapham South London. Anwar, the Dad, is an illustrator who works from home, while Jen, the Mum, works in an office in town. Zak 12 and Lita 10, attend a local school on Clapham Common.


Bonzo obtains local notoriety and the ‘Wonder Dog’ tag for accidentally discovering a potentially disastrous fire. His reputation grows as future events conspire to bring Bonzo’s family and the villainous activities of the Toolbox Gang together.


Unwittingly the gang steals the Cricket World Cup, in London for promotional purposes. Unaware of its significance and value the gang dispose of the Cup which, is later unearthed by the hero in the title. More celebrity follows for Bonzo and there is much media interest generated. The coverage alerts the crooks to their mistake and they decide to steal back the trophy and kidnap the famous hound to hold both for ransom.


Losing the cup before the competition begins is not an option for the organisers and a meeting is held to discuss their options. With the countdown for the opening ceremony of the global competition well and truly underway the pressure to resolve the matter is on. Will the tournament have its trophy for its opening ceremony and more importantly will Bonzo be reunited with the Khan’s?


The story was inspired by Pickles (born 1962 or 1963; died 1967)  a black and white collie dog, known for his role in finding the stolen Jules Rimet Trophy in March 1966, four months before the 1966 FIFA World Cup was scheduled to kick off in England.

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