Local teenager Lochlan Hughes and his miniature poodle Daisy will be representing Scotland in “Team Nessie” at Crufts dog show in March next year.
Crufts is the biggest dog show in the world and has competitors from countries across the globe. Not only that, but Lochlan, Daisy and his black miniature poodle Poppy will also be representing Scotland in the Open Junior Agility Championships in Cambridge in March.
They will also be in the individual agility events, where they will be competing against juniors from other countries. This is a massive achievement for Lochlan and Daisy who have only been competing since February.
Daisy came to live with Lochlan and his mum Mary in June 2012 after having had three litters (20 puppies) by the age of 21 months. Daisy was very out of condition when she joined the family and had very little muscle tone.
Lochlan began to train her at dog agility classes in July last year in order to get her fitter, build her confidence and just to have fun. Daisy took to agility straight away but was very slow (due to lack of strength and confidence) and it took a lot of patience from Lochlan who encouraged her from strength to strength.
It wasn’t long before they saw results with Daisy moving from grade 1-5 (out of seven) in her first season and qualifying for Crufts within her first five months of competing.
Lochlan is looking for sponsors to help fund his trips. If anyone would like to help, call Mary on 07809 226 992 or 01988 840232.
If you would like to watch Lochlan and Daisy compete, they will be in the team events in the YKC ring at Crufts on Sunday, March 9, and will be live-streamed on Youtube but may also be part of the main TV show on Channel 4 and More 4.