It was a great day for a Retford youngster after her five-year-old Parson Russell Terrier Sadie put her best paw forward to claim a prestigious prize at Crufts 2017.
One of 22,000 happy, healthy dogs at Birmingham’s NEC for the world’s largest dog show, Tease made sure to take a starring role alongside owner Jessica Smith, walking away with the Best of Breed award.
Presented by the Kennel Club, this year’s Crufts marked the 126th edition of the show, which attracts dogs and owners from all over the world as well as thousands of visitors over the course of the four days.
And after enjoying her own moment in the spotlight, Jessica could not be more delighted with Sadie’s performance in the West Midlands.
“It’s an incredible feeling to win, I’m so happy,” she said.
“Sadie is just nuts - she’s so bouncy and happy. She gets up to all sorts, mostly running round playing, running, walking and chasing things.”
Another victorious contestant was Michaella Dunhill-Hall, 17, a student at Confetti College, whose dog Dragon was named Best of Breed in the Shiba Inu.
The Retford teenager lavished praise on her companion, and added the Crufts experience this year had been one to savour.
“It feels great, really fantastic to win,” she said.
“Dragon is a crazy dog but he really has a heart of gold. He’s a beautiful dog to live with but he can be a handful.”
“We’ve got two more days and it’s been a really great Crufts.”