Updated: Thursday, 23rd November 2017 @ 12:04pm

The name's Bond: Tameside pooch scoops top accolade at Crufts after putting best paw forward

The name's Bond: Tameside pooch scoops top accolade at Crufts after putting best paw forward

| By Paddy Dinham

An Ashton-under-Lyne dog owner and Bond, a one-year-old Wheaten Terrier, proved every dog does have its day after trotting away with a top prize at Crufts.

Bond was one of more than 21,500 happy, healthy dogs at the NEC in Birmingham for the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club, and put his best paw forward to claim the Best of Breed award at the weekend.

Steve Bradford and Bond fought off competition from a host of other Wheaten Terriers to scoop the coveted prize.

And Mr Bradford, 57, was left beaming with pride at Bond’s performance in front of crowds at the annual competition.

“It means everything, it’s what you strive for,” said Mr Bradford, who last won a Best of Breed award in 1994.

“To see the dog that you’ve strived for go out and perform is absolutely great.

“He’s just a show off, he struts about and makes sure you are aware that he is the one that’s got to be looked at.”

This year’s Crufts attracted dog lovers from all walks of life, with 45 overseas countries represented throughout the four-day show from March 6 to 9.

A number of celebrities also dropped by to sample the 122-year history of the competition including TV personality Amanda Holden, former Eastenders actress Pam St Clement and 2012 Olympic long jump gold medallist Greg Rutherford.

And Bond was not the only successful dog from the Greater Manchester area with three other pooches also picking up a Best of Breed certificate.

Marple handler Aimee Davies and Smooth Coat Chihuahua Mav also wowed the judges, as did Standish’s Ruth Ashcroft with Glen of Imaal Terrier Fergal.

Mrs Ascroft, of Preston Road, said: “I’m exceptionally happy to have won Best of Breed. I was very surprised I really didn’t think I would win.

“We came here to have a good day at Crufts and just enjoy ourselves and this has been an added bonus. It’s put the icing on the cake.”