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Mid Devon women and pets star at Crufts
TWO dog owners were jumping for joy when they scooped top prizes with their canines at the world-famous Crufts event.
Lawyer Sally Ellison, from Tiverton, and Blondie, a three-and-a-half-year-old Cocker Spaniel, proved every dog does have its day when they fought off competition from a number of other dogs to claim the prestigious Best of Breed award.
Cullompton teenager Naarah Cuddy with Sassy, a two-year-old Border Collie, also walked away with the Under-18 Jumping award.
Sally was left beaming with pride after picking up the coveted prize.
She said: “Blondie has done exceptionally well, I am very proud of her and it is a really great feeling to win Best of Breed this year.
“I enjoy Crufts, it is always a great show and I like to come as a spectator even if I am not competing, but it is even better to come and win and I am really pleased.”
More than 25,000 dogs were battling it out to impress judges in a variety of competitions at Birmingham's NEC Arena.
Bicton College pupil Naarah, who has just turned 18, said it felt amazing to win.
She added: “It is weird to have won, because there are all these other dogs here.
“I did not realise I had gone as fast as I did. I did start getting a bit nervous about five minutes before the start but once I went in I was fine.
“I love the atmosphere here at Crufts. It feels like a proper final and I feel very lucky to have won.
“I don't know what I would do without Sassy. She is my best friend. “We have 14 other dogs at home, who are working dogs, but Sassy is mine and I love her to bits.”