You sure can teach this dog new tricks
A doggy-dancing duo who were European semi-finalists are aiming to fly the flag for Scotland once again.
Marie Docherty, 53, from Calderwood, and four-legged friend Erin travelled to Belgium recently with their team-mates from the Elite K9 Dancers squad.
It is a modern dog-sport that is a mixture of obedience training, tricks and dance that allows for creative interaction between dogs and owners.
The squad – made up of three humans and five dogs – competed at the Open European Championships (OEC).
Team coach Heather Smith even made it through to the finals with her dog Dare. But having won Crufts three times, she is no stranger to tough competition.
And following a successful trip, Scotland have been asked to go to Switzerland next year where the OEC 2018 will be held.
While Marie and Erin will have to go through a final selection process, she is hopeful they will rise to the challenge after a fantastic experience in Belgium.
It was the first time a team from Scotland had competed at the European championships.
Marie told the News: “Team Scotland were very proud to fly the flag at the opening ceremony where we were among around 16 nations.
“It was a really emotional experience and my mum Mary Docherty was persuaded to be our team mascot and joined us in our parade for Scotland.
“The first night was memorable as all the nationalities came together for dinner where we all exchanged gifts from our own countries.
“Tunnock’s teacakes, Walkers shortbread and Highland toffee were some of the goodies we handed out.
Star performers Marie Docherty at the European championships in Belgium with Erin
Best friends Marie finds time to relax with dancing dog Erin