Pussy Galore and Pumpkin Pie represent Exeter at this year's Crufts
By Ben Baker, Sportsbeat
EXETER’S Halcyon Pugh and her three-year-old Wire Haired Dachshund, Truffle, were top dog at last year’s Crufts, and the canine expert is determined not to give up their title without a fight.
Truffle was one of over 25,000 dogs at Birmingham’s NEC at the world’s most prestigious dog show Crufts, presented by the Kennel Club.
But despite the sheer numbers Truffle still stood out, wowing the judges to bring home the Best of Breed award.
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Halcyon, of Queen’s Terrace, is returning to the West Midlands this year and the Crufts veteran admits she has her sights set on finishing top of the pile again.
But whatever the outcome Halcyon insists it is simply an honour to be heading back as a reigning champion with the Kennel Club celebrating 140 years of promoting healthy, happy dogs at the pinnacle of the showing calendar.
“I won’t be returning with Truffle this year because she’s got a litter at the moment,” said the 61-year-old retired midwife.
“I’ll be returning with Pussy Galore and her mother Pumpkin Pie who’s going into veteran in the Wire Haired Dachshund category.
“It’s a different judge so it’s anybody’s guess as to our chances.
“They’re nice dogs; Pussy Galore’s a nice little bitch she’s done very well this year.
“We’ve got all the people from the continent and we’ve got some dogs from America so it’s a hard thing to do well in, really, but we are hoping for the best.”