An Upwell dog owner and Dan the Man, a three-year-old Samoyed, proved every dog does have its day after being voted second best Dog in Show at Crufts.
Dan 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, and put his best paw forward to not only claim the Best in Breed category for Samoyeds but also group best in the pastoral category.
That put him and owner Sue Smith through to the grand final of the show in the main arena where they came up against six other finalists.
And he once again impressed judges to finish as runner-up behind overall winner Ricky the standard poodle, leaving Mrs Smith (60) over the moon at Dan’s performance.
“I would like to scream. It is the biggest thing in the world for me,” said Mrs Smith, who co-owns Dan with Val Freer.
“We were up against very beautiful dogs and professional breeders and handlers so for a hobby breeder it’s fantastic. When the judge stepped up to me it was just a feeling of disbelief. It was unreal.
“We’ve had so many well wishes and I’d like to thank everyone for them. Crufts is amazing and you get drawn into the atmosphere of it all.”