A DOG owner from nearby Bradley Green has coached her pooch to become Obedience Champion at Crufts.
Floozie, a working sheepdog, and her owner Philomena Barnes took home one of the top prizes at Crufts on Saturday March 10 after winning the Obedience Championship (Bitches) final.
Philomena, who works as a dog trainer, has been competing at Crufts for over 30 years and took seven year-old Floozie up against some of the top dogs in the country to clinch the title.
All competitors at the worlds greatest dog show had made it through to the final from one of the 46 shows that hosted qualifying classes for the Crufts Obedience Championships.
“It feels fantastic. I never thought that I would win. I knew I had a chance on the day because anything can happen at Crufts – that’s what makes it so magical,” said Philomena.
“We keep on going back to Crufts because we love it. The atmosphere is great and when moments like this happen, it is all worth it.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said: “Huge congratulations to Floozie and Philomena for their excellent Crufts win. Their bond was clear from their teamwork and it was fantastic to see how obedient and well trained Floozie was.
“Obedience competitors come from far and wide in the UK to showcase their skills at the show and the standard of dogs and their handlers who enter are always very impressive.”