25th February 2004

 

FIONA’S DOG PUTS HER BEST PAW FORWARD

 

A Lincoln woman and her dog have qualified for the biggest dog show in the world.

 

Fiona Schofield, an administration officer at the University of Lincoln, and Doberman Storm will join over 20,000 dogs at Crufts in March.

 

And they will be competing for, among others, the prestigious ‘Best in Show’ title.

 

Storm is currently the youngest Doberman to hold both the Junior Warrant and Show Certificate of Merit – prestigious dog show certificates gained after achieving top places at numerous open and championship shows.

 

The Junior Warrant qualifies her for Crufts for life which means she doesn’t have to go through the qualifying process each year.   

 

Self-taught Fiona hasn’t been professionally trained in dog handling and has only been showing since May last year.

 

“It is a huge achievement for a novice dog handler like me to have qualified for Crufts,” said Fiona.

 

“The success we have had so far has been phenomenal.  I am still learning but one day I hope she will be a show champion.”

 

Crufts has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as being the largest dog show in the world.

 

It takes place between Thursday 4th March and Sunday 7th March 2004 at the NEC in Birmingham.

 

 

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For more information contact: Lindsey Bird, Assistant Press Officer

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886244 Email: lbird@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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