Twinkle really is a little star

Nine-year-old Bobbi Shepherd with victorious mongrel Twinkle.
Nine-year-old Bobbi Shepherd with victorious mongrel Twinkle.
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A LITTLE mongrel dog called Twinkle helped nine-year-old Bobbi Shepherd, of Holbeach Fen, to dfs Crufts victory at the weekend.

Bobbi romped home with Young Kennel Club red rosettes for Handling and Grooming after training Twinkle from a puppy.

Bobbi’s mum Kate said: “Bobbi’s been entering classes at Crufts since she was six, but this was Twinkle’s first. She’s only 18 months old and Bobbi’s taught her everything she knows. We’re very proud of them!”

Sutton St James Primary School pupil Bobbi travelled to the show at Birmingham NEC with sister Alexandra (21), who was also competing. The family own ten dogs, mostly pedigree pure-breeds, among a host of other pets.

Two other local dogs had their day out of the 21,500 from the UK and abroad attending the 120th Crufts to be presented by the Kennel Club.

Jan Ralph, from Spalding, scooped a Best of Breed award with her seven-year-old Malinois Belgian Shepherd dog Chamonix.

And Gedney Hill accountant Nicola Singh’s beautiful six-year-old Greenland dog Grit proved that he has what it takes – again – with a repeat triumph as Best of Breed.

Nicola went into the main arena at the NEC with Grit to compete for best in group and narrowly missed the overall Working Dog prize. She said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won with Grit again, we’ve had a lot of success with him here. The competition was tough but he was wonderful all day.”