Welwyn Garden City worker’s Crufts triumph

A WELWYN Garden City worker’s dog had its day by walking away with a top prize at this year’s dfs Crufts.

Three-year-old bearded collie Hattie was accompanied by owner Julie Turner, who works as an administrator at Welspray Accident Repair Centre, on Welwyn Garden City’s Burrowfield Industrial Estate.

Hattie joined 21,500 healthy, happy dogs at Crufts, presented by the Kennel Club, and claimed the prestigious best of breed award at Birmingham’s NEC, which finished yesterday (Sunday).

Mrs Turner, 55, showed nerves of steel with Hattie seeing off competition from more than 300 other entries to scoop the coveted prize before going on to compete for best in group.

And Mrs Turner was left beaming with pride at the prize-winning pooch’s performance on the 120th anniversary of the world-famous Crufts.

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She said: “I’m still so excited about winning – it’s quite surreal.

“Hattie is on a roll at the moment – she’s on really good form and we’re delighted.

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“Even so, I never expected to win this, is a brilliant achievement.

“She’s such a character too, a real cheeky monkey, and she’s earned herself a few treats.”

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