Southwell woman and russell terrier claim prestigious best of breed award at Crufts
A Southwell woman and her prized pooch put their best paw forward to win a major prize at Crufts at the weekend.
Sarah Broadberry, 41, her son, seven-year old Seth, and their parson russell terrier, Stanley, claimed the prestigious best of breed award, making them the best of their class in the country.
“He is absolutely amazing,” said Sarah.
“He’s a family pet. I have two young children, aged seven and five, and he is absolutely brilliant with them.
“He’s just always a happy little guy — he wagged his tail the whole time he was on the green carpet.
“We are farmers, so he might be a show dog but he’s also a mucky pup.”
An estimated 27,000 dogs visited the NEC during the four-day event run by The Kennel Club, with just under 21,000 dogs from 220 different breeds competing for a chance to be named best in show.
That honour went to Dylan, a papillon.
Visitors had the chance to learn about 200 breeds at the Discover Dogs zone, crossbreeds competed for the Scruffts crown and the Friends for Life award demonstrated the unique relationship people have with their dogs, and the important role man’s best friend plays throughout our lives.
Sarah and Seth and two-year-old Stanley enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, with millions watching live coverage on Channel 4.
“He absolutely adores the children,” said Sarah.
“I love the breed. I’m competitive and there’s nothing exaggerated about this type of terrier, it’s absolutely fit for purpose — they’re just a healthy happy little breed and really good with children.
“I have so much fun handling dogs” said Seth. “Dogs are really good friends.”