13 hope it is lucky as they head for Crufts

Macclesfield Express - - NEWS - DANIELLE ROPER

ADOG fam­ily span­ning four gen­er­a­tions will be strut­ting its stuff at a world­fa­mous dog show.

Chi­huahuas Lara, Blos­som, Daniel and Ed­ward, who live with their owner Mairie Austin in Macclesfield, have all suc­cess­fully qual­i­fied to com­pete in this year’s Crufts.

Dog lover Mairie is hop­ing suc­cess runs in the fam­ily for the quar­tet, who will com­pete among 22,000 dogs for the ac­co­lade of Best In Show.

She is one of 13 han­dlers from Macclesfield and Poyn­ton to com­pete in this year’s con­test.

The ve­teri­nary nurse, who works at Wright and Morten vets on Cum­ber­land Street, said: “They are a very out­go­ing team. Lara, who’s 10 and great grand­mother to Ed­ward, who is eight months old, has won sev­eral awards be­fore and Daniel, who is 15 months, won Re­serve Best Puppy at New­port Agri­cul­tural Show – he loves show­ing off in the ring.”

She added: “It’s go­ing to be a very tough com­peti- tion this year as there have been so many en­tries so if my dogs win any­thing I’ll be more than happy. Of course I would love to win Best In Show but I just love the buzz of the event and meet­ing up with the other dog ex­hibitors.”

Also fly­ing the flag for Macclesfield in a host of cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing heel­work to music and agility, will be minia­ture smooth haired dachs­hund Pa­trick, six

wner Va­lerie Nolan, 79, from Cavendish Close in Tyther­ing­ton, is hop­ing this year will be 19th time lucky af­ter en­ter­ing 18 times in the com­pe­ti­tion so far.

Va­lerie said: “I’ve never won. The stan­dard is un­be­liev­ably high. I did get a third once though.

“It would be a bonus if we won but I just love the at­mos­phere.”

She added: “Pa­trick watches me like a hawk and fol­lows me ev­ery­where. When he’s in the ring he re­ally shows him­self off. I’ve had a few write-ups say­ing what a lovely mover he is.”

Simon Clark and Nicki Ea­gles, also from Macclesfield, are hop­ing for suc­cess with their ot­ter­hound named Rebel, of which there are only 900 in the world.

Also be­ing shown in dif­fer­ent classes by han­dlers from Macclesfield and Poyn­ton are a Labrador re­triever, West High­land white ter­rier, Cana­dian Eskimo dog, flat coated re­triever, minia­ture schnau­zer, saluki and greater Swiss moun­tain dog.

Crufts, which takes place at the Birm­ing­ham NEC, runs from Thurs­day,. March 10, to Sun­day,O March 13.

Mairie Austin with chi­huahua Lara and (top from left) Ed­ward, Blos­som, Lara and Daniel. Be­low, dachs­hund Pa­trick and (right) Simon Clark with ot­ter­hound Rebel


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