Top dog Betty leads the way

Rosemary Rostron-Parker with her Boston terrier Betty.
Rosemary Rostron-Parker with her Boston terrier Betty.
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A BRAINY Boston terrier has set tails wagging at this year’s Crufts.

Nineteen-month-old Betty proved every dog has its day after walking away with the prestigious Best of Breed award.

She was one of 26,000 dogs taking part in the annual event at Birmingham’s NEC, presented by the Kennel Club.

Owner Rosemary Rostron-Parker, fought off competition from 136 other terriers to scoop the coveted prize before going on to compete for Best in Group.

Rosemary, of Lawsons Road, Thornton, said: “I was so proud of her, the main arena is so big, and she looked so small compared to some of the other dogs.

“I was delighted she won her class. I had a wonderful day in Birmingham and all of my family came along too.

“My daughter came with her husband and my son came back from university with his girlfriend.

“It was great to have all six of us together.”

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Rosemary, a civil servant, started out training horses and show ponies before entering her first dog Harry into competition six years ago.

And the 57-year-old hopes it will be the first of many Crufts titles for her younger dog, Betty, who has already won awards at other championships across Britain.

She said: “We have a packed itinerary this year but I enjoy training her when I’m not working and she likes the attention.

“I usually take her to the Co-op car park and there is a great ring craft class at Bispham, we do just enough so she doesn’t get bored.

“The average age for a veteran in competition is six or seven so she has a few years yet.

“She is such an intelligent dog with a wonderful personality, when we did our lap of honour that really came out – she was in her element.”

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