Our regular pet-feature contributor is celebrating once again with a fantastic win at Crufts, the world’s biggest dog show.
Last year, Wrexham-based Karen Boyce, owner of Beastly Thoughts Professional Dog Services, handled her friend’s Glen of Imaal* Terrier to the Best Bitch prize in the breed classes. At last month’s event, Karen, repeated the trick with her friend’s other dog to win Best Dog award.
Karen said: ‘I cannot believe we managed to win again this year. It’s wonderful to qualify, but to win our class was awesome and to be chosen as the best Dog on the day was fantastic! We were beaten to Best of Breed by a wonderful female Glen. We‘re a little disappointed we didn’t make it into the main arena and onto the telly, however.’
Karen Boyce, 56, originally from Shrewsbury, but now living in Froncysyllte, has been helping families and their pets for 20 years. Besides running a large range of puppy classes, workshops, older dog training sessions and other fun events, Karen likes to help show owners with their show dogs and have the occasional day off herself to go along and show.
20,000 Dogs In One Place!
‘Crufts is the world’s biggest dog show with over 20,000 dogs competing across the four days, but it is also a fun day out for everyone – there is just so much to see and do. All things dog exist at Crufts!’
* The Glen of Immal Terrier is an Irish breed bred initially for otter and badger hunting. It dates back as far as Elizabeth the First. Brogan (or posh Kennel Club name ‘Champion Golden Spurs’) is a six-year-old dog and belongs to Dr Jane Alstead from Dudleston Heath, Ellesmere.
Beastly Thoughts Professional Dog Services currently offer classes in Coedpoeth, Wrexham, Black Park, Chirk, Weston Rhyn, Oswestry and Knockin, Oswestry.
Karen was also the winner of the Animal Star Awards Behaviourist of the Year 2019. She is a Kennel Club Rally judge, an accredited Level-One Canine Hoopers UK Instructor and is Regional Manager and Tutor for Puppy School.