A warehouse supervisor from Yaxley says she feels “over the moon” after scooping a double success at the 125th anniversary of the world’s largest dog show, Crufts.
Wendy Amon, 58, and five-year-old Swedish Vallhund Buse fought off competition from a host of other dogs to claim the Best of Breed award.
Buse was one of the 22,000 dogs at the Birmingham NEC for the prestigious event, which ran from March 10-13, while their was further success for Ms Amon, with female Vallhund Peanut winning the bitch open class in a field of nine.
The first Crufts ran in 1891 and featured just 2,437 entries.
“I feel over the moon,” she said.
“Winning something like this at Crufts is what everyone wants to, so to have done it is an incredible feeling.
Crufts is the one show where everyone wants to win best of breed.Wendy Amon
“Crufts is the one show where everyone wants to win best of breed.
“Buse is an extraordinary dog to live with; he’s superb company and an absolute joy.
“Crufts has such an incredible atmosphere, and having been to other shows on the continent, this is the show and by far the best.
“There are so many dogs and people and that is what makes it what it is.
“Everyone wants to compete at this big anniversary for the show, because it’s such an incredible feeling to be out on that green carpet, so to do so in such a big year makes it that little bit more special.
“It is the one everybody wants to win.”
Ms Amon said she has entered Crufts every year since 1995, having bred Swedish Vallhunds for more than 20 years.
Her last victory in the competition came in 1997, also winning in the Best of Breed award.
It was a second appearance in a row at the event for Buse, who was imported from Sweden towards the end of 2014.
“I always wanted a dog to do agility with,” added Ms Amon.
“Swedish Vallhunds have got a real sense of honour. They just crawl into your heart.
“They will do anything with you.
“They will help in the garden, or they can be a couch potatoes.”