Retford: Owner delighted with top Crufts prize

Kate Smith from Retford with her Parson Russell Terrier, Sadie
Kate Smith from Retford with her Parson Russell Terrier, Sadie

A Retford dog owner and her beloved pooch proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.

Sadie, a two year-old Parson Russell Terrier, was one of more than 21,500 happy, healthy dogs at the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club.

She put her best paw forward and claimed the prestigious Best of Breed award.

Kate Smith, a member of Retford Canine Society, and Sadie fought off competition from a number of other Parson Russell Terriers to scoop the coveted prize in the West Midlands.

And the 33-year-old was left beaming with pride at Sadie’s performance in front of the crowds at the annual competition.

“I’m absolutely elated to have won Best of Breed after we had such a fantastic year last year,” she said.

Katie was over the moon to win at the show, which she has been coming to watch since she was young.

“The atmosphere was absolutely electric and it’s such a special day out,” she said.

“Some people may say that Crufts is just another jump show but it really isn’t.”

“I’ve been coming here to watch since I was eight so to now be showing and to win Best of Breed is so special.”

This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life.

A total of 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show which ran from 6th to 9th March.

A number of celebrities also dropped by to sample the 122-year history of the competition including TV personality Amanda Holden, former EastEnders actress Pam St Clement and 2012 Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford.

The Parson Russell Terrier is a breed of small white terrier that was the original Fox Terriers of the 18th century.

The breed is named after the person credited with the creation of this type of dog, a Victorian hunting parson, the Reverend John ‘Jack’ Russell.