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Rainham schoolgirl overcomes nerves to win prize at Crufts

PUBLISHED: 13:30 14 March 2018

Rainham schoolgirl Laila-Mai Ogborn and her chihuahua Eugene who placed at Crufts at the weekend. Photo: sweetnuttydogs

Rainham schoolgirl Laila-Mai Ogborn and her chihuahua Eugene who placed at Crufts at the weekend. Photo: sweetnuttydogs

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A 12-year-old girl from Rainham has overcame her nerves due to IBS and placed at the Crufts dog show for the second year in a row.

Rainham schoolgirl Laila-Mai Ogborn and her chihuahua Eugene who placed at Crufts at the weekend. Photo: sweetnuttydogs Rainham schoolgirl Laila-Mai Ogborn and her chihuahua Eugene who placed at Crufts at the weekend. Photo: sweetnuttydogs

Laila-Mai Ogborn and her three-year-old pedigree chihuahua Eugene, placed in 4th in the Post Graduate Class despite the schoolgirl suffering from awful nerves because of her Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Laila’s mum, Jenette said she was extrememly proud of her daughter and said: “She has been absolutely wonderful, and did so well.

“She was extremely nervous on Saturday, and at one point didn’t even want to do it.

“But she got through it and we even had a lovely message from someone else who had been there who congratulated Laila on her sportsmanship because she went around and shook everyone’s hand at the end.

Rainham schoolgirl Laila-Mai Ogborn and her chihuahua Eugene who placed at Crufts at the weekend. Photo: sweetnuttydogs Rainham schoolgirl Laila-Mai Ogborn and her chihuahua Eugene who placed at Crufts at the weekend. Photo: sweetnuttydogs

“Laila can get an upset tummy because of her nerves, but she overcame that at the weekend and I’m extremely proud of her.”

Jenette said that Laila had been handling dogs since she was nine, and has encouraged any other parents who have children with an interest in dogs to join a kennel club or take part in dog shows.

She said: “Our dogs have always been a massive part of our family, and Laila has really took to dog handling, she’s brilliant.

“It has really helped with her nerves, as you can imagine going into a ring with thousands of people is pretty scary, but she did it and I think if Laila can do it then hopefully it can inspire others to do it too.”

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