Gloucestershire's pedigree pets win prizes at Crufts
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.
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"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.