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Kendal man to take three of his dogs to Crufts
A DOG breeder is off to Crufts at the Birmingham NEC next month with two Border Terrier pups and their grandmother.
Len Jackson, 60, of Curson Rise, Kendal, will be showing one-year-olds Kep and Bess, and four-year-old Jesse, who all qualified after excelling at dog events in Devon and Blackpool last year.
Len, a former soldier in the Scots Guards who lives with partner Margaret Dugdale, has seven dogs – six of them Borders and one a Lakeland Terrier.
He has qualified for Crufts every year from 2009, apart from 2012, but will remedy that situation when the world-renowned dog show takes place from March 7 to 9.
The semi-retired bus driver for Queen Katherine School, Kendal, said: “Everybody thinks they have good dogs so you go there with the assumption that yours are as good as anybody’s and then it’s down to the judges.”
Len, a dog breeder for around 23 years, is a regular on the show circuit and collected around 180 rosettes in 2012, meaning his dogs were placed between first and fourth.
He said: “I enjoy going to the shows and just getting satisfaction of showing them and knowing you are doing the breed proud.”
Kep, kennel name Kirkbie Valley Perfect Act, qualified for the Special Junior Dog section and sister Bess, kennel name Kirkbie Valley Dancing Mist, will compete in the Special Junior Bitch.
Grandmother, Jesse is in the mid-limit category and her breed name is High Fell Remedy. Judges will be looking for an exemplary example of the breed, checking its teeth, head, ears and coat, among others.