Owners hope dogs will have their day at Crufts
EVERY dog has its day and owners from northern Lincolnshire are hoping their's will turn out to be top dog at this year's Crufts.
Among the entrants are members of the Grimsby And District Society For Ringcraft, whose Crufts-bound members have been rehearsing at their regular meeting place of St Giles Church hall, Scartho.
Kelly Mountain, 32, of Robert Pearson Mews, Grimsby, is hoping for a touch of magic with her Weimaraner German gun dog.
The nine-month-old is making his debut in the puppy class and hoping to emulate the success of fellow gun dog Storm, who came third in his class last year.
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Both are fed on a diet of fish, including pilchards and sardines, share bath time and have their claws manicured together.
Kelly, who climbed Ben Nevis, in Scotland, with her dogs last summer, said: "The key is lots of exercise, because they are a hyper-active breed."
The owner, who also runs a dog-grooming business, added: "Dogs are my life."
Hairdresser Paul Wright, of Willingham Street, Grimsby, will enter his pet Chihuahua Wellington in his first puppy class.
Paul said: "I love the breed. They are full of spirit and very courageous and very loving. They have hearts like lions."
He said he prepares "Wellie" by giving him a 20-minute rehearsal every day.
Paul said: "That is so he gets used to people looking in his mouth and touching him in places that he is not normally touched."
Wendy Allenby of New Waltham will take her 14-month-old Havanese dog Jazmine.
She said: "They are the national dog of Cuba and are a very old breed.
"They are fantastic companions.
"They really adore their owners.
"Their coats need a lot of grooming and lots of walks to keep their muscle tone up. Although they are short-legged, they love walking."
Wendy has been entering dogs at Crufts for about 30 years and having won two awards for Best In Breed is hoping to make it three-in-a-row.
Her sister-in-law Denise Allenby, of Cleethorpes, is hoping for debut success with two-year-old Lily, a Lhasa Apso entered in the special yearling class.
She promised to give the treasured Tibetan breed plenty of chicken if she wins.
East Halton owner Keith Robinson is hoping Bruce, a 52kg rottweiler, will have lift off at his first Crufts.
The site supervisor at RAF Scampton, which is home to the Red Arrows, has been showing rottweilers for 20 years and is ensuring Bruce is on top form by taking his two-mile walks every day and feeding him plenty of his favourite cheese.
Keith said: "I have had dogs all my life. I am lost without a dog.
"Rotts are very well mannered. It is some of the bad owners that make them what they are. There are no bad dogs, just bad owners.
"Rotts have a guarding instinct and were bred for herding cattle."
Bruce has already got nine Best Of Breed awards in his 14 months of showing.
Louth dog groomer Heidi Powles is making her first trip to Crufts with Bo the Boston terrier, who is entered in the yearling utility group.
Heidi, who runs her business from Belvoir Way, Louth said: "They are a good show dog, a good companion and a good pet. They are easygoing and happy to go with the flow."
Laura Sleight, 21, of Cleethorpes, will be an owner with one of the oldest breeds of dog in the competition – the Dandie Dinmont.
The canine behaviour student at Bishop Burton College, in Beverley, will enter three-year-old Bobby in the limit class and good citizen category.
Bobby has a half-sister, Maddy, who came second in the Crufts X-factor contest for her footballing skills.
Laura said she already had large amounts of her dog's favourite treat of liver ready to take to Birmingham as a reward.
Winnie the nine-month-old miniature wire-haired dachshund will be making her debut at Crufts thanks to Christine and Bill Morris of Cleethorpes.
The dog is named after Bill's favourite aunt and he has another dachshund called Ella, named after another aunt.
He said: "When their beards grow they look like little old women."
Bill said: "Winnie loves anything to eat, but loves lamb and rice for dinner or tripe sticks.
"We walk them regularly along Cleethorpes Prom and in the country park.