New Deer dogs to compete at Crufts one year after disappearance

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A New Deer woman will show two of her pet poodles at Crufts in March after missing out last year when one of her dogs went missing.

Rebecca Ellis will put her Toy Poodles Dan and Charlie through their paces at this year’s show as she takes part in the event for the first time.

Rebecca, 45, said: “It’s been a lifetime ambition.”

“If the boys come back with something then all the better but just to be there in the ring will be wonderful.”

Rebecca and Dan had qualified for Crufts last year until Dan went missing for a week just days after Rebecca’s dad’s funeral.

Rebecca remembers it was a stormy night when her poodle disappeared.

Over the next week they put up photos around town and had spots on local radio stations appealing for information on the missing dog.

Dan and Rebecca were finally reunited when the poodle showed up just half a mile from Rebecca’s front door, suspiciously dry given the stormy conditions.

The poodle did however have barbed wire stuck to his fur meaning that the hair at the back of his head had to be shaved off leaving the duo unable to compete in last year’s Crufts competition.

This year they though they will get their chance alongside the younger Charlie with both dogs qualifying for the show.

Rebecca said: “I’m expecting to have a good time.

“Family are coming up from Bedfordshire to support me.”

Rebecca says that she had always had a lot of animals as a girl but didn’t get her first show dog until Dan in 2013.

Since then Rebecca has added another three poodles to her family, including Charlie in late 2015.

Competing in the Utility and Toy dog section of Crufts on the Thursday Dan, the two-and-a-half-year-old black poodle will compete under his show name Cisco Kid.

Charlie, the fifteen-month-old apricot dog, will be compete as Saltillo Flaming Star.