Gun dog Baxer collars top dog prize at Crufts: Flat-coated retriever is named ‘Best in Show’

Gun dog Baxer collars top dog prize at Crufts: Flat-coated retriever is named ‘Best in Show’ – before enjoying the taste of his rosette!

  • Baxer, the flat-coated retriever, won best gundog and Best in Show at Crufts
  • The dog’s win left his owner Patrick Oware from Oslo, Norway, in tears
  • The results came after Ellissia East-Hickman, 12, impressed judges on her debut

He wowed the Crufts crowd by winning best gundog last night – then followed it up by winning Best in Show as well.

And crowd favorite Baxer the flat-coated retriever wasn’t content just to receive the winner’s rosette – he wanted to eat it too.

The dog’s win left owner Patrick Oware from Oslo, Norway, in tears.

Mr Oware told Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre: ‘It’s amazing. I’m really, really proud of him.’

Baxter’s win at Crufts left owner Patrick Oware from Oslo, Norway, in tears. Mr Oware told Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre: ‘It’s amazing. I’m really, really proud of him’

The results came after a 12-year-old girl with a rare and incurable gastrointestinal disorder impressed the judges on her Crufts debut – scoring first place with Shih Tzu Pebbles in the Minor Puppy Bitch section on Saturday.

The nine-month-old puppy was one of six dogs Ellissia East-Hickman showed at Crufts – all of whom placed fourth or higher in their sections.

The schoolgirl, from Marden, Kent, wore a colostomy bag beneath her smart buttoned jacket in the ring to help her cope with chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, a condition which has seen her in and out of Great Ormond Street Hospital for much of her life .

Ellissia East-Hickman, who has a rare and incurable gastrointestinal disorder, impressed the judges on her Crufts debut ¿ scoring first place with Shih Tzu Pebbles in the Minor Puppy Bitch section on Saturday

Ellissia East-Hickman, who has a rare and incurable gastrointestinal disorder, impressed the judges on her Crufts debut – scoring first place with Shih Tzu Pebbles in the Minor Puppy Bitch section on Saturday

Ellissia, who is autistic, said it was a ‘big achievement’ getting to Crufts less than a year after she began entering dogs in shows.

She added: ‘I find the dogs calming to be around, and it is interesting reading different dogs and getting to know them. You can’t just say “a dog is a dog” they all have different personalities and mindsets.’

Mum Cheryl East, 44, who runs beauty businesses, said: ‘It’s still not really sinking in, we are over the moon and so proud of Ellissia, we can’t believe it! In some of the categories there were best of breed group winners, but Ellissia’s dogs placed higher.’

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