Pearl is a girl’s best friend at Crufts

Susan Crummy and Pearl
Susan Crummy and Pearl

A dog groomer from Bletchley and Pearl, a one-year-old American Cocker Spaniel, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.

Pearl was one of over 25,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC, presented by the Kennel Club, who are celebrating 140 years of promoting healthy, happy dogs.

Along with owner Susan Crummey they fought off competition from a number of other dogs to claim the prestigious Best of Breed award.

And 33-year-old Miss Crummey, of Southland Drive, was left beaming with pride at her and Pearl’s performance at the world-famous Crufts in the West Midlands.

“I have been coming to Crufts for 20 years but this is the first time Pearl has been entered into this group,” she said. “It is amazing to get best dog in the breed and to have handled a winner.

“It is just the biggest dog show in the world. It’s the atmosphere, the people, the dogs. There is not much more you can say about it really, it’s just the pinnacle. She is so easy going and a great dog to live with.”

Pearl wasn’t the only success story in Birmingham with Great Brickhill’s Antonia Leech also scooping a Best of Breed award with Scooby Doo, a Basset Fauve De Bretagne.

And Miss Leech, of Galley Lane, said: “Winning at Crufts is always a nice and although you come every year it is always a special occasion.

“I was hoping to do well but you don’t expect to do as well as we did this year. Crufts is the show of the year and one of the most prestigious dog shows you can do.”

And there was another landmark as Alan Bray, Leadenhall made his 20th consecutive appearance at the world-famous dog competition in Birmingham with five-year-old miniature poodle Tatiana.

But standing in his way in the agility category was his daughter Selena with four-year-old Shade – also a miniature poodle.

And the family connections don’t stop there with granddaughter Adele also in competition over the weekend.

“We love each other to bits, but it is still a competition,” said Alan, head of sales and marketing for National Express Trains and Coaches.

“We have had a few finals where we have been nip and tuck. She has had a few wins and then I’ve got my revenge on a few occasions.”