Falkirk dogs take the lead at Crufts!

Graham Leask with his Rottweiler Max who came third in the Working Dog group at Crufts 2013
Graham Leask with his Rottweiler Max who came third in the Working Dog group at Crufts 2013

Dog owners were celebrating this week after four-legged friends came up trumps at the world’s biggest canine competition.

Graham Leask from Stenhousemuir walked away with a best of breed award at Crufts 2013 for his rottweiler Max, who then went on to come third in the working group.

And professional dog groomer Anne Harrower from Falkirk was thrilled to see her Rhodesian ridgeback bitch Prada also named best of breed.

Graham, who has three rottweilers said: “This is really a highlight of my show dog career.

“I’m absolutely delighted. It doesn’t get much bigger than this.”

Graham (50), who’s a builder and slater, has been showing dogs for nine years and five-year-old Max since he was just six months.

Max, whose official name is CH Varenka Maximillion at Granjolea, beat competition from 400 other rottweilers to take the title.

Graham added: “Max has won a lot of things over the years, but this is the best so far.”

Anne (53), who runs Canine Cut and Clip in Stirling, said: “To come so far in Crufts is the top of the tree, you just don’t get any better than that.

“This is Prada’s biggest win to date.

“My customers have been coming in to congratulate me after seeing us on the TV.”

Friends Marilyn Smith and Linda Tyler, both from Grangemouth, were bursting with pride when their young dogs gave others a run for their money.

Linda’s Welsh springer spaniels Riley and Alfie, jointly owned by Linda and Noreen Shiels, won top places in their classes.

Alfie, who is 22 months, came third out of 13 in the special yearling class, and Riley, who’s four-and-a-half, came fourth out of 18 in the limit class.

Linda said: “They are superstars. To even qualify for Crufts is great and to win anything is just brilliant.”

Marilyn’s bichon frise, 23-month-old Dexter, took second place in the post graduate dog section.

She said: “I was gobsmacked. I’ve only been showing him a year and he has done very well in open shows.

“But I’m ecstatic about Crufts, I still can’t believe it.”

Other local winners from the 2013 event included R. Gillie from Falkirk whose deerhound took reserve fourth place in the open bitch competition, Mr and Mrs Mills from Banknock whose the Tibetan spaniel won very highly commended in the special junior bitch category, and Mr and Mrs Stewart from Falkirk whose Welsh corgi won very highly commended in the special junior dog section.

Also taking home prizes were Mr and Mrs A. Cowan from Slamannan with their foxhound, Falkirk’s Mrs J. Mansfield and her Finnish spitz, and S. Allan from Falkirk and her samoyed, who all won second place in their breed’s post graduate bitch categories.

A Siberian huskie owned by Michelle Abercrombie also won second place in her class of 15 dogs.