11:18AM, Friday 18 March 2016
Barks of delight could be heard around Windsor as dogs won big in this year’s Crufts competition.
The annual dog show took place over four days in Birmingham from Thursday, March 10.
John Fallows, of St Edward’s Road, Ascot, travelled to the competition with his two French bulldogs, Audrey Hepburnn and Miss Diva.
John had been taking the 14-month-old sisters to competitions around the country and said he was just excited they had qualified for the prestigious event.
The 49-year-old has recently joined the committee of the Maidenhead and District Canine Society.
In Birmingham, Audrey was awarded first place in the Yearling Bitch category while Miss Diva came fourth in the Junior Bitch category.
Audrey Hepburn was named in honour of John’s love of ‘old fashioned films’.
The dog lover said: “We had a fantastic day. She has been doing very, very well when she has been shown but I didn’t expect her to get first place at all.”
Gary Howes, 55, of Welley Road, has lived in Wraysbury since he was five. His dog, Firefrost Amethyst won in the Good Citizen Dog Scheme category at the show. The Hungarian wirehaired vizsla was awarded her bronze Good Citizen Award in 2011 and gold in 2013.
The dog’s pet name is Sophie and this year was the fifth time she had competed at Crufts.
Other winning dogs include Braccanza Valentina from Windsor who came second in the post graduate bitch category and Cleeve Hill Kasper, from Windsor, who came third in YKC Members Stakser category.
Sammara Little Black Dress, from Wraysbury, also came third in the Mid Limit Bitch and Graduate Bitch categories.
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