Raising the woof!

13.03.11 Copyright onEdition 2011?'Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition''Picture shows Jim Irvine from Southferry, Northern Ireland with his Retriever (Flat Coated) called Jet, on their lap of honour after winning Best of Show today 13.03.11, the fourth and final day of dfs Crufts 2011 at the Birmingham NEC.''dfs Crufts is the world's largest dog show and was established in 1891 by Charles Cruft. It has been run by the Kennel Club since 1948 and 2011 will be the 20th year that the show has been staged at the NEC Birmingham. This year will see more than 22,000 healthy, happy dogs enjoying competing for the coveted 'Best in Show' title. dfs Crufts 2011 runs from the 10th to the 13th March 2011 at the NEC, Birmingham.''dfs Crufts is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers to find out even more about the range of schemes, activities and events that they can get involved in, to ensure that they and their dog have a long, healthy and fulfilling relationship from puppy-hood, all the way through thei
13.03.11 Copyright onEdition 2011?'Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition''Picture shows Jim Irvine from Southferry, Northern Ireland with his Retriever (Flat Coated) called Jet, on their lap of honour after winning Best of Show today 13.03.11, the fourth and final day of dfs Crufts 2011 at the Birmingham NEC.''dfs Crufts is the world's largest dog show and was established in 1891 by Charles Cruft. It has been run by the Kennel Club since 1948 and 2011 will be the 20th year that the show has been staged at the NEC Birmingham. This year will see more than 22,000 healthy, happy dogs enjoying competing for the coveted 'Best in Show' title. dfs Crufts 2011 runs from the 10th to the 13th March 2011 at the NEC, Birmingham.''dfs Crufts is the perfect opportunity for dog lovers to find out even more about the range of schemes, activities and events that they can get involved in, to ensure that they and their dog have a long, healthy and fulfilling relationship from puppy-hood, all the way through thei

EVERY dog has its day and it was last Sunday for Queensferry retriever Jet who walked away with top prize at Crufts.

Top dog Jet, a nine and a half year old flat-coated retriever, won the best in show award out of a total of 21,500 dogs that competed in the national contest.

Owner Jim Irvine and wife Carol (both 65) live in the town’s Echline Place and began last week in Birmingham scooping the ‘Best of Breed’ award followed by the ‘Best in the Gundog Group’.

On Sunday, Jet proved his pedigree by beating six other finalists to come out ‘Best in Show’.

Jim said: “I am delighted - it’s a marvellous achievement. Jet is nine and a half but he doesn’t look that age - he looks about six and he acts like he’s three! He is a slow maturing breed and is in superb condition.”

Jet and Jim have gone to Crufts for years and previously won best in breed at Crufts in 2008. This week, Jim was full of praise for the prize winning pooch.

He said: “He is an outgoing dog and has a great ring presence. He loves life and this works to his advantage. You have to have a good specimen to start off with, which goes towards making a good show dog, and Jet has the right personality for showing.

“This is not something we are likely to do again. This is a one off and a once in a lifetime dog.”

Although Jet was reared by hobby breeder Jim, the prize winning pooch lives in Glenfarg, Perthshire with Jim’s friend Iain Ross - perfect for escaping the media spotlight and enjoying his win.