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Crufts 2016

A white Westie called Geordie Girl has picked up the prestigious Best in Show title at this year’s Crufts.

Celebrating it’s 125th anniversary Crufts is the world’s largest dog show with thousands of dog-lovers flocking to Birmingham’s NEC. In between the Best in Breed competitions and agility races, visitors to the show can wander the arena, meet dogs of every variety, talk to breeders and of course indulge in a little retail therapy.  Dog-related delights include roast dinner flavoured dog toothpaste, doggy dumbbells, 3D models of owners and their pets and, for those feeling flush, diamond encrusted dog collars. Back in the arena there’s the ever-popular, slightly strange heelwork to music display (think doggy dancing), and the tear-jerking Dog Heroes award.

There was also more negative news around the show. After the scandal surrounding an alleged dog poisoning at last year’s show (later  found to have happened elsewhere) this year’s headlines focussed on dog welfare after a lame looking Alsatian controversially won its best in breed category.

The competition, held over four days saw 22,000 entrants whittled down to just seven group winners for the Best in Show finale, which included a sheepdog, a whippet and a Pekingese called Eric. Geordie Girl (otherwise known as Devon) from County Durham was a popular winner and became the first West Highland Terrier to win the show in 26 years. Surely it’s only a matter of time before this almost two-year-old pup has a legion of Twitter followers ad endorsement deals rolling in…

 

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