Why yes, Pro­fes­sor Hig­gins, you did it!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

A LEAD­ING coun­cil­lor’s grey­hound has won a land­slide vote in a top dog show.

Hig­gins, owned by Ash­ford coun­cil deputy leader Paul Bartlett, has won the pres­ti­gious Best of Breed award in the hound group at Cruft’s.

The pet, nick­named Pro­fes­sor Hig­gins, was one of 25,000 dogs at the show pre­sented by the Ken­nel Club.

Cllr Bartlett said: “An­other dog of mine won best of breed in 1988 so to win again is a fan­tas­tic feel­ing. Hig­gins is a great char­ac­ter.

“It takes a lot of hard work to get to this stage but it has been worth ev­ery sec­ond.

“Hope­fully we will come back next year and re­tain Hig­gins’ crown.”

Out­side the de­bat­ing cham­ber Cllr Bartlett, 42, is an ac­coun­tant and, with his wife Rita, a keen breeder of greyhounds.

They have three oth­ers at home, Tan- zie, a four-year-old fe­male, and Teddy and Bunty, eight-year-old brother and sis­ter from the same lit­ter.

Hig­gins, nick­named af­ter the char­ac­ter in My Fair Lady, was born in Nor­way and has been owned by the Bartletts since he was 11 months old.

Cllr Bartlett’s 1988 prize-winning grey­hound Ru­pert died in the early 1990s.

He said: “Greyhounds are one of the most love­able breeds. They are very af­fec­tion­ate and love noth­ing more than curl­ing up in front of the fire to sleep.”

Pic­ture: onEdition

Pro­fes­sor Hig­gins, the Ash­ford grey­hound that won a prize in Crufts, with owner Paul Bartlett

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