Foulsham hound's Crufts success

Teenager Kim Goldspink and Kenzie, a four-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, were top dogs on the final day of DFS Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham.

Teenager Kim Goldspink and Kenzie, a four-year-old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, were top dogs on the final day of DFS Crufts at the NEC in Birmingham.

Kim ,16, who lives in Foulsham and attends Reepham Sixth Form, showed nerves of steel with Kenzie to beat off competition from 134 other dogs to win the prestigious best of breed award on Sunday.

Kim, of Court Green Lane, admitted Kenzie's success has given him a new lease of life after being turned away as a hearing dog for deaf people.

She said: 'Kenzie started off training as a hearing dog but when he was nine months old it was decided he wasn't the right one so he came back to us.


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'And it is amazing to win, it was so unexpected and I am so happy. Kenzie is a lovely dog and all you could ask for and he did exactly what I told him.

Kim's mum Christine, 44, echoed her daughter's comments.

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'Winning was the best Mother's Day present I could have asked for I am so proud of them both.

'We have donated three Tollers to be hearing dogs for deaf people and when I kissed Kenzie goodbye I said if he didn't make it I would want him back. He just oozes 'look at me' and is a right showman and has the real 'wow factor.'

'It is a fantastic achievement.'

The Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever is the smallest of the retriever breeds and there are less than 2000 in the country.

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