13 hope it is lucky as they head for Crufts
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