A Doncaster dog owner and Will, an 18-month-old Akita, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at Crufts.
Will was one of more than 21,500 happy, healthy dogs at the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, and put his best paw forward to claim a prestigious Best of Breed award.
Owners David and Jenny Killilea, of Doncaster Road, Owston, and Will fought off competition from a host of other Akitas to scoop the coveted prize.
And 67-year-old Jenny was left beaming with pride at Will’s performance in front of crowds at the annual competition.
“I can’t believe Will has won Best of Breed on his first appearance at Crufts. It’s unbelievable,” she said.
“Will means everything to me and I’m so proud of what he has managed to achieve.
“We’ve been coming to Crufts for a long time and the atmosphere is amazing. To win here is just so special.
This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life, with 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show from March 6 to 9.
A number of celebrities also dropped by to sample the 122-year history of the competition including TV personality Amanda Holden, former Eastenders actress Pam St Clement and 2012 Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford.