ONE dog owner who’s determined to make an impression at this year’s Crufts is Frank Marlow, from Longley – who wants to restore the reputation of Staffordshire bull terriers by showing his two-year-old dog Sam.
Frank, 69, has attended the dog show every year since 1982, and picked up a rosette in 1994 with bitch Champion Mary Queen of Staffs.
The retired window repairer is showing Sam – whose show name is Champion Briganah New Moon – on Sunday, and will be travelling to Birmingham with wife Linda, 68.
He said he is ‘feeling great’ about his pet’s appearance at the world’s biggest dog show, and said Staffies don’t deserve the stigma that’s attached to them.
“If you’re looking for a good dog with children it’s a Staffordshire bull terrier,” said Frank, who has six grandchildren.
“Many people think they’re nasty dogs but it’s the people that get them that make them nasty. Everybody that’s into Staffs hates their bad reputation. They’re lovely, strong, loyal dogs.” Frank – who also owns another Staffie, called Ruby, added: “Sam wags his tail at everything and wants to play with every dog he sees.”