BISHOP the bull terrier celebrated his success as a Crufts prizewinner with hot dog treats from proud owner Dianne Kerr.
Bishop’s third place in the junior class for his breed is the latest in a growing list of accolades for the 15-month-old canine.
But he is not necessarily top dog at home or even number one in the pet pecking order.
Animal lovers Dianne and Greg Brett, the 2016-17 Mayor of Mossley, also look after two other dogs, three turkeys, four ducks, 10 chickens and two canaries.
“We might be rescuing some ex battery hens as well,” says Dianne, a mum of two plus two foster children.
However, Bishop, named after one of the chief characters in Alien and who came to the couple as an eight-week-old pup, has received a few extra pats after his accolade at the world-famous show.
He is already qualified for Crufts 2020 and is looking to catch the judges’ eyes at the National Terrier Show on April 6 and the Northern Provincial Bull Terrier Club Show eight days later.
“Every time we have been to other shows Bishop has got placed,” said Dianne whose Hot Dogs dog training classes take place on Mondays and Thursdays at Squire Mill on Micklehurst Road.
“But to be recognised at Crufts is really pleasing. I always get nervous before every show but Bishop seems to take everything in his stride.”
Dianne is holding eight-week puppy foundation courses starting on April 4 and April 8 from 6.30pm-7.15pm and 7.15pm-8pm.
There will also be ringcraft classes on Thursdays between 8pm-9pm when owners can learn how to show off their dogs and perhaps emulate Bishop’s 2019 achievements.
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