IT WAS only her second time appearing at Crufts, but Michelle Clark came away a winner.
The 36-year-old put her pet forward for the world’s largest dog show and her pooch came out on top by winning a first in the Open Bitch category.
Michelle’s two-year-old German Pinscher, Tauri, won two rosettes despite it being her first-time appearing at Crufts in London.
Michelle, from North End, was over the moon with their success.
She said: ‘Crufts was fantastic and we had a lot of fun.
‘Tauri is a rare breed so, although she it still a pedigree, her breed isn’t recognised that well in the UK.
‘But she did so well winning a first and then coming out best in the Best Opposite Sex competition.
‘Then, she went on to win the first heat of the Canicross Relay Display race. We were in the main arena for that so we had thousands of people watching us and it was fantastic.
‘I never imagined we would do so good in Crufts.’
Michelle has been doing dog shows for nearly two years. But for her, signing up to Crufts wasn’t about winning.
She added: ‘Originally, I decided to try to qualify for Crufts as a good weekend away.
‘I knew it was going to be fun and sociable so that was the main attraction for me. Winning was a bonus. I didn’t expect it but I am so happy. It’s just fantastic.’
As well as Tauri, Michelle has other dogs which she is also training to take part in future dog shows.
She is a member of the Southern Show Team Ringcraft club and takes Tauri’s puppies along every week.
‘Tauri recently had four puppies and we are taking Max and Willow to the dog show club so we can hopefully show them at Crufts next year,’ said Michelle.
‘I have definitely got the dog show bug but we have so much fun and you get to meet some great people.’