Crufts success for breeders from Spalding and Gedney Hill
It was a case of every dog having its day for Cardigan Welsh Corgi Mr Blobby as he secured a prestigious prize at Crufts 2018 alongside his Spalding owner Peter Clifton.
Mr Blobby put his best paw forward at Birmingham’s NEC, suitably impressing judges to scoop the Best of Breed award.
That made it a Crufts to remember for owner Peter, who joined thousands of other canine lovers in descending on the West Midlands for 127th edition of the world’s largest dog show.
An estimated 22,000 pooches visited the NEC during the four-day event, with a record 3,623 four-legged-friends from 49 countries vying for the chance to win the coveted Best in Show.
Visitors learnt about 200 different breeds at the Discover Dogs zone, crossbreeds competed for the Scruffts crown and the Friends for Life event reminded people about the truly inspiring and unique stories that show dogs at their absolute best.
And for retired Peter, who has been visiting Crufts since 1952, there was no wiping the smile off his face as his beloved Mr Blobby enjoyed his moment in the spotlight.
“To win the best of breed at Crufts is perhaps the ultimate one to get – you’re meeting some of the stiffest competition, not just from this country but abroad as well,” he said.
“To be there when the win comes in is a great thrill.
“He’s just a dog that comes along once in a decade or perhaps every two decades – he’s so special to the breed.
“And he’s just a dog that is probably before his time. He’s probably got another year in him as well.”
There was further success for the region too with Gedney Hill self-employed accountant Nicola Singh celebrating a best of breed win for eight-year-old Greenland Dog Java (pictured left).
While fellow Spalding resident Shelda Hornby also did the same with 14-month-old Long-Coated Chihuahua Sherlock.
“Our claim to fame is that we have bred the top winning breed of dog,” said the 56-year-old.
“I have gone to Crufts every year since I was two years old.
“My Mum and Dad were both Championship show judges. I will be judging here in three years time.”