A LABRADOR retriever has beaten off 11 other contenders to win the Pets As Therapy Showdog of the Year title at Crufts.

Lembas Thank’U For the Music at Jaybec Sh Cm (pet name Tia) is owned by Rebecca and Jayne Mills, from Bristol.

Taking the runner-up position at Friday’s activity at Crufts was Maltese Terrier, IR Champion Sumarnik Hot Pursuit CW12 SHCM (pet name Percy), owned by  Raewyn & Doreen Cowset, Nicola Welbourn, Susan Tyler.

The competition was judged by Mr Tony Allcock MBE, from the Kennel Club.

Each of the contestants in the Showdog event were stake class winners from previous events held in the UK and Channel Islands.

It is not stipulated that all competing in the class must be an active Pets As Therapy dog, but to enter the prestigious contest, it is required that the owner is either a supporter or volunteer of the Pets As Therapy charity.

The full line-up of the finalists was:

CH Amikirs Bubblelicious JW (pet name Bubbles), a Keeshound, owned by Dawn Gregory, from Kettlethorpe, Lincs

CH Hishners Diamond Geezer At Anfranjo JW ShCM (pet name Yogi), a bearded collie, owned by Ann, Frank and Jodie Harrison, from  Corrington, Essex

CH Kaskae Butterfly Lily (pet name Suki), an Alaskan Malamute owned by Jordan Marshall, from South Normanton, Derbyshire

Foxthyme Back to Black (pet name Angus), a Lancashire Heeler, owned by Nina and Ellie Beach, from  Carnforth, Lancs

IR Champion Sumarnik Hot Pursuit CW12 SHCM (pet name Percy), a Maltese Terrier, owned by Raewyn and Doreen Cowset, Nicola Welbourn and Susan Tyler, from Grantham, Lincs

Just Kidding of Angel’s Legacy at Casacavallo JW SHCM (pet name Kiddy), a Chinese Crested, owned by Donna Crow, from Peterborough, Cambs

Lawleymoon First Love (pet name Gracie), a Whippet, owned by Alison Handley from Whitchurch, Shropshire

Leibwache Rufus Ruffcut (pet name Rufus), a Chinese Crested, owned by Donna Crow, from Peterborough, Cambs

Lembas Thank’U For the Music at Jaybec Sh Cm (pet name Tia), a Labrador Retriever owned by Rebecca and Jayne Mills, from Bristol

SC Mariglen Ice Crystal (pet name Valerie), an English Setter owned by Linda Lawson, from Beverley, East Yorkshire

Shardlow Knickerboka Glory SHCM (pet name Gloria), a Japanese Chin, owned by Jane Paradise

Spellcast Talking About Me (pet name Doris), a German Spitz Mittel owned by Lucy Barnes, Lynda Hewett and Dan Mann from Snodland, Kent

Cheryl Tissot, CEO of Pets As Therapy, said: “Once again, this particular contest proved to be of an exceptionally high standard, so all of the finalists can be very pleased with reaching as far as they did.

“Obviously our special congratulations go to Tia, and we thank the Kennel Club for judging this field and enabling us to spotlight the charity through the competition.”

Sponsoring the contest for the first time this year was Arden Grange, makers of premium pet food.

Joanna Hoadley, Marketing Manager from Arden Grange, said: ‘Our congratulations go to each of the finalists, especially to Tia who is a very well deserving winner! It was a competitive final filled with outstanding show dogs and we are proud to support Pets As Therapy award the PAT Showdog of The Year’.

As the winner of the Pets as Therapy Showdog of the Year title, Tia’s owners received a cheque for £200, with the runner-up receiving £100.

Arden Grange, is also providing the winner with a further 12kg bag of dog food.

Pets As Therapy is always keen to hear from those who are interested in becoming part of Pets As Therapy’s great work.

For more information, visit www.petsastherapy.org


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