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.