Dianne and Islay win top Crufts prize

Picture shows Diane Scott from Ayrshire, Scotland with Islay a Spaniel (English Springer), which was the Best of Breed winner today.  Picture: onEdition
Picture shows Diane Scott from Ayrshire, Scotland with Islay a Spaniel (English Springer), which was the Best of Breed winner today. Picture: onEdition

A Dunure dog owner and Islay, a three-and-a-half-year-old English Springer Spaniel, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.

Islay was one of 22,000 healthy, happy dogs at Birmingham’s NEC last week for the annual dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, and claimed the prestigious Best of Breed award.

Owner Dianne Scott fought off competition from a whole host of other dogs to scoop the coveted prize in Thursday’s Gundog day.

And Mrs Scott, of Fisherton Avenue, was left beaming with pride at her and Islay’s performance at the world-famous Crufts in the West Midlands.

“I’ve been coming to Crufts for the past 43 years and this is one of the best things that has happened to me,” said the 70-year-old retired PA and secretary.

“The dog is a family dog so it’s great that it’s been able to win. I’m really happy and excited.

“It’s really hard to put into words what it means to get best in breed, it’s just such a special feeling.

“Crufts is such a well known event, so to be handed the best of breed award is a very big achievement.”