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Gloucestershire's pedigree pets win prizes at Crufts

By This is Gloucestershire  |  Posted: March 16, 2010

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TOP dogs from Gloucestershire are wagging their tails with joy after wolfing down awards at Crufts.

Several dogs from the county won best in their class at the world's premier dog competition, which was held at the NEC arena in Birmingham this weekend.

More than 22,000 dogs took part during the four-day competition, which started on Thursday.

Liz Jacka-Slater's 14 month-old Dandie Dinmont terrier, Quinn, whose pedigree name is Cassencarrie Robbie Burns, came first in its class.

"I am absolutely ecstatic," said Liz, from Frampton-on-Severn, who also has two pet poodles; Coco and Skye.

"It is a very long and tiring day, and being in the terrier class there is lots of yapping going on, but it is great fun."

Jess Flanagan, from Tredworth, left the competition with a smile on her face as her Lancashire Heeler, Pancake, whose pedigree name is Trapsyke Pandemonium, came first in its class.

"I am over the moon," she said.

Meanwhile, Thirza Chapman's miniature bull terriers Hanna and Daisy both walked away with rosettes for finishing best in their classes.

"It is the biggest show in the world, it really is great," said Thirza, from Pauntley, who has been showing dogs for 45 years.

"Hannah won last year too, I really am thrilled and delighted."

Meanwhile Neil Smith's Tibetan terriers carried on a winning streak.

His 15-month-old Notoriety Moonwalker at Tetsimi, known as Bailey, gained first place in Special Junior – Dog.

He is the grandson of Araki Fabulous Willy, who was crowned Best in Show 2007.

Mr Smith, from Brockworth, said: "He's following on from his grandfather, he's a fantastic mover, he's got a good coat and he's well constructed. I was hopeful he was going to do well, although he's quite a baby.

"A good show dog needs to have a little bit of attitude – saying 'look at me', but be calm enough not to be disturbed.

"They have to be used to people and crowds, but have an edge."

Araki Dominatrix at Tetsimi, aka Trixi, won first place in Post Graduate – Bitch. Trixi's mad, very lively and very loving and she's doing very well because she's a fantastic mover," said Neil.

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    Put off, Forest of Dean  |  March 20 2010, 5:19PM

    Kay Powell - Before you make rash comments about pedigree dogs you may wish to do your reading. The majority of breeds are healthy and responsibly bred, there are more troubles with people who exploit dogs in puppy farms. Show breeders care about there dogs and look after them and as someone who shows dogs myself, i find your narrow mindedness insulting. I watched the documentry and i am intelligent enough to realise that the BBC did not give a full picture. Come and see my healthy happy well trained pedigree dogs and tell me im wrong. Then walk into any rescue centre in the country and count the number of dogs that are show bred, pedigree dogs, i can promise you the number will be very very small compared to the amount of dogs sold by animal abusers and bought by idiots. Why not use your apparent love of animals to attack these people? You may find your time better spent. Thank you to the Citezen for printing this article highlighting these achievements of people that love their dogs.

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    Kerri Blutteryer, Glos  |  March 17 2010, 8:17AM

    Kay Powell, Tredworth That's like saying all car drivers are killers. In every 'group' there will always be a bad apple or two. Most KC breed standards are fine. The problem with the RSPCA doc was that they did not give the KC a chance to reply. And of course, our beloved farmers wouldn't be doing anything similar to create perfect strains, would they?

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    lizzy, stroud  |  March 16 2010, 5:19PM

    congratulations to all you winners, such lovley, happy healthy dogs, ignore negative comments, most breeders breed for health and good breeding

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    Kay Powell, Tredworth  |  March 16 2010, 3:12PM

    Anyone who supports the breeding of pedigree dogs to Kennel Club standards should be forced to watch the BBC documentary from last year that exposed the pain and illness that is caused to some of these unfortunate animals by bad breeding and stupid breed standards.

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    Kerri Blutteryer, Glos  |  March 16 2010, 12:48PM

    Trying to get the KC to agree a sexually explicit name for my dog for Crufts next year!

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    Doggie Style, Eastgate Street  |  March 16 2010, 9:15AM

    Sounds like a report of a night out in Glawster...