A VETERINARY nurse has proved that every dog really does have its day after scooping a top prize at Crufts.
Lisa Gudgin and her 19-month-old miniature schnauzer, Riley, fought off competition to win the Best of Breed category at the prestigious awards show.
The pair went head to head with 137 other canines for the award and came out on top after impressing judges.
It was the first time either had picked up a prize at the event.
Riley was one of over 26,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC, presented by the Kennel Club, competing at the event which was held at the weekend.
After scooping the coveted prize he went on to compete for Best in Group but couldn’t quite continue his winning run.
Mrs Gudgin, of Elizabeth Road in Daventry, was left beaming with pride at both her and Riley’s performance at the world-famous competition.
She said: “I’ve been coming to Crufts for 30 years as a veterinary nurse. But this is the first time I’ve made it into the arena with my own dog.
“To win Best of Breed for the first time is a huge honour and we’re so pleased.
“I really didn’t expect it at all, especially considering I gave birth to my son Harry as recently as January this year.
“But the break from competition did us some good it seems.
“It’s an incredibly proud moment for me and the whole family and we are enjoying every minute of it.”
Crufts, which runs over four days, is the largest annual dog show in the world.
It began in 1886 and was named after its founder, Charles Cruft, who worked as general manager for a dog biscuit firm.
Dogs must qualify to enter the competition by impressing throughout the year.