Crufts 2012: Retired social worker scoops Best in Show on final day


A seven-year-old Lhasa Apso proved every dog has its day after winning the top prize at Crufts.


By Jack Zorab

A RETIRED Coventry social worker and Elizabeth, a seven-year-old Lhasa Apso, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with the top prize at Crufts.

Elizabeth was one of over 26,000 healthy, happy dogs at Birmingham’s NEC, presented by the Kennel Club, and claimed the prestigious Best in Show award last weekend.

Owner Margaret Anderson fought off competition from the six other finalists in Sunday’s final to add her and Elizabeth’s name to the record books.

And the 59-year-old, of Tile Hill, was left beaming with pride at her and Elizabeth’s performance at the world-famous Crufts in the West Midlands.

“I couldn’t believe it when the judge came over to me,” she said. “I felt like I might faint when he was walking over to me but I thought I best not fall on the dog so I better not fall over at all.

“Elizabeth is just wonderful, she always rises to the occasion, she’s not at all phased and the more applause she gets the more she loves it.

“And this will probably be her retirement, I mean you can’t get any better than this, both for her and for me.

“I’ve been showing dogs for 35 years and done a lot of winning in that time but this tops all of them, it’s a perfect swansong for her, there’s nothing left for her to do.”


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