County dog owners are all set for Crufts show

MORE than 30 entrants will represent the north of the county in Crufts this year.

The annual competition will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from March 8 to March 11.

A total of 31 entrants from Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire will compete against 21,000 dogs from all around the UK and overseas during the three-day show.

As well as the prestigious best in show final, dogs and owners will also be competing in a variety of competitions, including the international agility championship and the friends for life contest, which is full of stories of friendship in adversity, where dogs have earned the title of man’s best friend through bravery, support or companionship.

Members of the Rushden Dog Training Group are among those taking part.

Group member Victoria Gell, 16, Will be competing with her border Collie Kate in the young kennel club advanced category.

She said: “This is the third time that I have taken part in Crufts, and the first time with Katie.

“It’s a good experience and always very enjoyable. The dogs always enjoy taking part too.

“There are about six of us from our group who are participating and we are all looking forward to it.”

Vicky Wayling, of Wellingborough, is competing with her 16-month-old Leonberger Alfie.

She said: “This is the second time that I have competed. His mother got through two years ago. I am very much looking forward to it. It’s a lovely experience and you get to see other Leonbergers.”

This year the show will be televised on More4, with two-and-a-half hours of coverage every night.

Caroline Kisko, communications director at the Kennel Club said: “Crufts is a celebration of the relationship between dogs and their owners, and is full of events that showcase the diverse role that dogs play in society. Competitors from all over the UK will descend on the NEC, as well as people from almost 40 other countries across the globe.”

The latest results will be available during the show at www.crufts.org.uk.