Why yes, Professor Higgins, you did it!
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.”
Professor Higgins, the Ashford greyhound that won a prize in Crufts, with owner Paul Bartlett