It proved to be a day to remember for a Belper dog lover after his 19-month-old English toy terrier Coco put her best paw forward to claim a prestigious prize at Crufts 2017.
One of 22,000 happy, healthy dogs at Birmingham’s NEC for the world’s largest dog show, Coco made sure to take a starring role alongside owner Nick Gourley, walking away with the Best of Breed award.
Presented by the Kennel Club, this year’s Crufts marked the 126th edition of the show, which attracts dogs and owners from all over the world as well as thousands of visitors over the course of the four days.
And after enjoying their own moment in the spotlight, pub owner Nick, of Broadholme Lane, could not be more delighted with Coco’s performance in the West Midlands.
“We’re thrilled, she’s only a young bitch and she had a great career as a puppy and then she was a group winner so to win here today is wonderful,” explained the 49-year-old.
“She’s very special, I hoped that she coped well with all the lights out there for the presentations, I wanted to make sure she enjoyed the experience.
“We brought her mother over from America where she was a top winner, they only allow that to happen in special circumstances.
“Today showed why that was a great decision.”