A PARTNERSHIP of Sheffield teenager Ella Armstrong and whippet Wilf proved a runaway success at Crufts.
Ella, aged 17, from Worrall, was awarded first prize in the Young Kennel Club 17 to 24 Years Junior Handling category, after winning the category for 12 to 16-year-olds last year.
She took the honours with five-year-old Wilf – whose show name is Bec Scott Golden Wonder – at the show in Birmingham.
Mum Kate said Ella was nervous before the big day after last year’s success.
“I think she thought the pressure was on her to win again but she won, so obviously she did everything right on the day,”
Wilf also helped calm Ella’s nerves by being “completely laidback”, said Kate, who works as a communicator with deaf people.
“The place is big, it’s loud, but Wilf just took it all in his stride.
“He’s very focused on Ella, he’s definitely her dog. When she’s not in he waits for her to come home.
“She trains him most days, doing some agility or obedience. She takes it quite seriously.”
Ella is in the sixth form at Silverdale School and is working towards being an animal physiotherapist. Dad Ian is a guide dog trainer.
Wilf isn’t the only animal in the household – the Armstrongs also have dachshunds called Charlie and Fritz, a pony named Gemini, guinea pigs Dolly and Pob and a rabbit called Pink.