AN Ilkeston schoolgirl and her pet dog will compete at Crufts today in a bid to add to their existing trophy collection.
Sarah Wolverson, 10, and six-year-old Toggle, a Chinese crested powder puff cross, are taking part in the under 12 agility section.
Sarah said: “I’m so excited to take part, I can’t wait.”
It’s not Sarah’s first time at Crufts, she has competed at the event several times, as have her sister Charlotte, 17, and mum Yvonne.
Sarah, a pupil at English Martyrs in Long Eaton, said: “I first started doing agility training when I was two.
“We got Toggle when I was four and I started training him then.
“I practice in the garden as much as I can and my mum has equipment set up at Risley that I practice with as well.
“It is hard work but I really enjoy it and I love doing the competitions.
“I like it when everyone’s watching and I love winning the trophies and medals.”
The hobby runs in the family, Sarah and her sister Charlotte both compete in the England agility team and have picked up medals with their colleagues.
Their brother, Alex, 12, also took part in some shows.
The family practice their acts in the garden of their Drummond Road home.
Mum, Yvonne, said: “Sarah’s done really well to even get to Crufts.
“It’s really difficult to qualify, there’s only about six opportunities throughout the year and you have to win the show to make it through so she’s already achieved a lot.”
All four of the family’s dogs are agility trained, as was their Belgian Shepherd, Willow, who was put down a few weeks ago.
He was also the grandson of star of Eastenders Wellard.
Yvonne added: “It is a bit of a family affair. We all really enjoy it though and it’s a great hobby for the girls to have.
“The social side of it is really enjoyable as well. Everyone involved in agility knows each other and we’re all friends.”