Brotherly love counted for nothing compared to man’s best friend when it came to Richard Lawson’s house hunting.
For the Whitley Bay ice hockey player wasn’t convinced of the need to buy a Story Homes’ property when his brother Alex joined the business as a quantity surveyor.
But when he saw the developer’s Brierdene site in Backworth, he thought it was just the thing for his five-month-old cocker spaniel Hugo.
And thanks to the government’s Help to Buy scheme, he has reserved a four-bedroom house.
“It’s great for a dog owner,” said Richard.
The pair will move in in August.