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Joker leads the pack

Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:50:04

Wendy and Joker

A Blackwell resident is celebrating after one of her dogs won Best of Breed at this year’s Crufts.

Wendy Cain’s Lhasa Apso, Joker (whose show name is Ch Sandauri ShowStopper for Kutani), not only topped his own breed category but was also shortlisted from the 26 dogs in the Utility Group.

Wendy, who has been showing Lhasa Apsos for more than 30 years and was herself a Crufts judge in 2013, explains that she and Joker were brought together in unusual circumstances.

“In 2015 I was diagnosed with cancer. Unable to look after my dogs, my friends came to my aid – one of them being Olga Ivanova who lives in Moscow.

“She took on my show dog Jonas, and while there, he produced two puppies, one of which was Joker. When it was time for Jonas to come home, Joker came with him.

“I am recovered and doing well – and Joker, well, he is just Joker. All of this is a dream come true for me, and the Crufts win was a day I will never forget.”

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