A DOLPHINTON resident and her prized pooch claimed a top prize at Crufts yesterday – for the second year running.

Carol Ruddy and her Weimaraner Cain claimed the prestigious Best of Breed for their class on Thursday.

She said: “We came back to take part again after winning Best of Breed last year.

“I never thought we would win again when we decided to come back and take part.

“There are always so many other good entrants who are here to help push you on to do your best."

An estimated 27,000 pooches visited the NEC in Birmingham during the four-day event run by The Kennel Club.

And there were just under 21,000 dogs from 220 different breeds competing for a chance to win Best in Show.

Visitors also had the chance to learn about different breeds at the Discover Dogs zone, while cross-breeds competed for the Scruffts crown and the Friends for Life award demonstrated the unique relationship people have with their dogs, and the important role man’s best friend plays throughout our lives.

And for Carol, there was no wiping the smile off her face as she and her beloved five-year-old Cain enjoyed their moment in the spotlight, with millions watching live coverage on Channel 4.

“The dogs always enjoy being here too,” she added.

“You want to bring them here and make sure they are at their best. They show their best when you know they are happy – they look happy too.”