A Midlem dog owner and Nutti, a seven-year-old Hungarian Vizsla, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.
Nutti was one of more than 21,500 canines at the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, and put her best paw forward to claim a prestigious best-of-breed award at the weekend.
Owner Gillian Aynsley and Nutti fought off competition from a number of other Hungarian Vizslas to scoop the coveted prize.
And the 50-year-old was left beaming with pride at Nutti’s performance in front of crowds at the annual competition.
“It’s brilliant, she always astounds me, but to go one step further and win best of breed, I would never have dreamed of,” she said.
“Nutti is an absolute diva, but she’s a pleasure to be around and deserves it. It was a bit nerve-wracking before going into the arena, but I think we both handled it well. It really is a lovely hobby to have and I’d like to continue as long as we’re all enjoying it.”
This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life, with 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show from March 6 to 9.
A number of celebrities also dropped by to sample the 122-year history of the competition, including TV’s Amanda Holden, former Eastenders actress Pam St Clement and 2012 Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford.