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Canine competitors represent Hampshire at Crufts

Dogs and their owners are getting ready for the biggest event in the canine calendar, Crufts 2014

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Wendy Simpson, from Fleet, has entered her chihuahuas Bobby and Elvis into Crufts

Dedicated dog owners from across the area are busy preparing for this year's Crufts.

The world's largest dog show will see more than 27,000 canine competitors vying for the coveted Best in Show title and taking part in a host of other events, from agility to flyball.

The show, organised by the Kennel Club of Great Britain, attracts dog breeders and owners from all over the world.

And canine residents from across north-east Hampshire and the surrounding area will be making their way to the NEC, in Birmingham, to take part from Thursday (March 6) to Sunday (March 9).

Viki Shennan, of Isis Way in Sandhurst, will be entering her two-year-old affenpinscher, Wilma.

Ms Shennan said: “She competed last year and won in her class last year, which was our first time competing there.

“She has qualified again for this year many times over and is my first show dog.

“Affenpinschers are a relatively unknown breed but are great fun to be around, are loving and loyal and, despite their diminutive size, they have huge personalities and are natural comedians.”

 

Sheila Cann, of Tower Hill, in Cove, Farnborough, has been taking part in Crufts for more than 40 years and used to breed dogs.

This year she will be showing her four-year-old briard, Milly.

Mrs Cann said: “I have been going to Crufts for 38 years with briards and with poodles before that.

“In that time I have had six litters and have had lots of champions. I have judged all over the world and judged at Crufts in 2000.

"The judges have preferences and I don’t think Milly is what the judges are looking for but she has done extremely well.”

Wendy Simpson of Hawkwell, in Church Crookham, will be showing her two Chihuahuas, Bobby and Elvis, for the second year in a row.

This year will also be parson russell terrier Phidget’s second year at Crufts.

Her owner, Wanda Coogan, of Cromwell Way, Farnborough, said: “I have a 10-month-old puppy, who I got from Germany, but I never registered him in time.

"I always wanted a dog called Phidget and she lives up to her name. I always said if I get another, it’s going to be called Diddums.

“I’ve had a border collie in Crufts before and I showed Phidget last year and she came second.”

Julia Fowler, of Pavillion Road, Aldershot, is showing her 14-month-old dog, Kane, a tervueren.

Miss Fowler said: “I’ve been doing Crufts for more than 30 years and have gone every year.

“I usually show my bitch but she’s in season so I am just taking the youngster this year, it’s his first time.”

If you and your dog are off to compete in this year's, Crufts then we'd like to hear from you. Email the digital team with some details and a photo and we'll add it to our gallery.

 

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