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Romford dog walker wins Crufts’ Best in Breed with Great Dane

PUBLISHED: 10:40 11 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:26 11 March 2015

Tamasin Pocock and Great Dane Mini

Tamasin Pocock and Great Dane Mini

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An animal lover and her pet proved that every dog does have its day as the pair were awarded with Best in Breed at Crufts.

Tamasin Pocock, 34, of Romford, was one of 22,000 dog owners competing at the annual show held at Birmingham’s NEC last week but her four-year-old Great Dane – ironically named Mini – grabbed the judge’s attention and strolled off with a top prize.

She said: “It hasn’t quite sunk in yet that we’ve actually won Best in Breed.

“I’m absolutely over the moon and very proud of what Mini has accomplished.”

Tamsasin has been breeding and entering Great Danes in competitions for almost 20 years, taking care of seven litters.

She said: “My parents had a Great Dane so I’ve always been around them for as long as I can remember.

“Mini’s grandfather also won Best in Breed at a dog show so I think they’ve got some good genes!”

Tamasin – a dog walker by day – is a member of Romford Dog Training Club and has been taking her pets to the world famous show for several years.

She said: “Mini has been coming to Crufts for the past three years and this is our first time winning here so it’s great and feels very special.

“We were last to compete so we had to wait all day and watch everyone else celebrate which made it very nerve racking.

“We had to stand there for a moment as the judge was deciding who to pick and when he started walking over to us I couldn’t believe it!”

Tamasin is eager to carry on competing in dog shows and hopes one day to win the grand prize.

She said: “It was an amazing feeling for me when we won but to Mini it’s just a fun day out so she doesn’t realise she’s a champion dog.

“I can’t wait to go in for the next contest and maybe a Great Dane will take home the prize!”

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