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Runcorn display dogs perform at Crufts
A PAIR of rescue dogs who train in Runcorn entertained crowds at the prestigious Crufts competition.
The two cross breed golden retriever poodles, known as goldendoodles, beat 56 dogs to perform in the silver display team at the NEC in Birmingham.
It is the second time four-year-old Ozzie has been chosen.
Their owners, Georgette Kluiters, and Gareth Baylis, from Neston on the Wirral, train their dogs at Sutton Weavers Agility Club, where they both belong to a display team.
Georgette, aged 26, who works at Liverpool University’s Leahurst Vet School, said:”We’re really proud of what both dogs have achieved. “They have come so far from when we first got them and it’s just great to be able to represent not only our training club at Crufts, but also the rescue organisations these dogs came from.”
Gareth and Phoenix were selected as one of three dogs demonstrating the bronze award to a number of handlers.
Both dogs regularly perform at country shows, doing a mixture of obedience to music, heelwork and agility.
Gareth, aged 28, a microbiologist for Thor Specialities, said: “They take it all in their stride and enjoy the interaction with the public.”