A DOG-owner from Cam and Freya, her 23-month-old Kooikerhondje, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with three prizes at Crufts.
Christina Suiter, of Tyndale Road, and Freya fought off competition from a number of other Kooikerhondje’s to scoop one of the most acclaimed awards, Best in Breed.
The talented tail-wagger also came first in the post-graduate bitch category as well as winning best bitch.
Christina, who has run dog parlour Doggy Fashions at her home in Woodfield for seven years, said she was ecstatic at her dog’s achievements.
“It means the world to me, it’s just amazing. I was really excited, very nervous but I loved the experience,” she said.
She said that she wanted to thank Woodfield-based dog training club Woof-It for helping her get over her stage fright.
“I have worked very hard this year. I suffer from ring nerves so had to work really hard to overcome that so I wasn’t expecting this win,” she said.
“Freya was fantastic, she really pulled it off.
“She’s a complete diva, she’s naughty but she’s great fun and has taught me a lot about showing because she is hard work.”
The 49-year-old told the Gazette she was not expecting to win again after Freya won two awards as a puppy in last year’s competition.
“She is a good example of the breed but she is just coming into her own in the last couple of months and this year she really pulled it out of the bag,” she added.
This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life, with 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show from March 6 to 9.
Freya was one of more than 21,500 dogs at the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, which has been running for 122 years.