A TALENTED teenager and her dog proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.
Charlotte Dalgarno, 17, who attends Chichester College accompanied Teran, a four-year-old Akita, to claim a handling award at the world’s biggest dog show.
Charlotte and Teran fought off competition from a host of other handlers in the 17 to 24-year-old category to scoop the coveted prize.
Charlotte said she was proud of Teran after his performance in front of huge crowds.
“I can’t really describe how I’m feeling because I am in so much shock,” she said.
“It’s my first year in this age category, I was loving every minute of it.
“Teran’s fantastic, he’s so easygoing. He’s a big dog, but I have had lots of practice with him, every time I handle him he’s been great.”
This year’s Crufts attracted 21,500 dogs to the NEC in Birmingham. Charlotte and Teran were not alone in representing the Observer area on the podium.
Bernadette Bay, from Fittleworth, and her dogs Zaz and Giz-mo also competed at Crufts.
Zaz won the British Open Agility Championship and the Agility Championships. Giz-mo competed for the first time at Crufts in the Novice Cup, won the Novice Cup Agility and was runner-up overall.
Agility competitions are judged on time, precision and direction. The owner determines the quickest route of a course and directs the dog, they are then assessed on their time and precision.
Diet is particularly important to competing dogs. Zaz and Giz-mo have been fed Burns since they were puppies.
Fiona Firth, head nutritionist of Burns Pet Nutrion, said: “Congratulations again to Bernadette, Giz-mo and Zaz for their outstanding performances.”