Shelty is heading for Crufts 2013

A world class champion dog from Fittleworth, who is soon due to retire, has beaten her younger competitors to scoop a second place in a prestigious agility semi-finals and a place at Crufts 2013.

Zen, a Shetland Sheepdog, and her owner Bernadette Bay, came second in the Anything But a Collie semi-final for medium dogs at the Kennel Club’s Discover Dogs event at Earls Court, London on 10th this month and will now compete at the world’s greatest dog event, Crufts in the medium ABC agility final.

Bernadette said: “Qualifying in this event means a lot because this will be Zen’s last time competing at Crufts, as she will be almost ten by the time she competes in the final. I’m so proud of her for all she has achieved and to qualify for the final at nine and a half is a great achievement.”

Bernadette and her husband have been breeding Shetland Sheepdogs, also known as Shelties, for more than 20 years and many of her dogs have excelled in agility.

In her first year of agility competition in 2005, Zen became the first Sheltie to win the Mini Agility Finals at Olympia, and also won at the World Agility Championships in Spain.