Wellingborough’s Britain’s Got Talent winners Ashleigh Butler and dog Pudsey were back where it all started at Crufts on Thursday as the pair marked their remarkable journey with a book signing.
Teenager Ashleigh shot to fame with seven-year-old Border Collie, Bichon Frise and Chinese Crested powderpuff cross Pudsey in May last year when they won ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.
Since then the pair have appeared on television and a movie, to be produced by Simon Cowell, is also in the pipeline.
A book called Pudsey: My Autobidography has already been released and the duo were on hand to sign copies for the 25,000 dogs and owners at Birmingham’s NEC, presented by the Kennel Club, which is celebrating 140 years of promoting healthy, happy dogs.
Crufts is where it all began for them and Ashleigh admitted she wouldn’t miss it for the world.
“I started coming to Crufts when I was eight having begun in the Young Kennel Club and Pudsey had been coming so we didn’t want to miss out this year,” Ashley said.
“Crufts means a lot to me and we were desperate to come back and say thank you to all the people that have supported us and helped us get where we are.
“At Crufts you see the dedication and love that people have for their dogs and it is the premier dog show in the world for sure – I love coming to Crufts.
“As for us, I never thought that when I first started coming to Crufts I would be where I am now and even though it still hasn’t been a year it has been amazing.
“But there is plenty more in the pipeline for us and we are both really excited about what the future might hold.”