Crowborough girl’s dog gets Crufts prize

A CROWBOROUGH teenager and Lexi, a ten-month-old Flat-Coated Retriever, proved every dog does have its day after walking away with a top prize at dfs Crufts.

Beacon Community College pupil Melissa Osborne-Brown, along with Lexi, scooped the prestigious John MacDougall Trophy at Birmingham’s NEC last weekend for being the Young Kennel Club’s most improved handler.

Melissa’s achievements were made all the more impressive as she has only known Lexi, who was among 21,500 healthy, happy dogs at Crufts, for a matter of weeks.

And with that in mind the 14-year-old was left beaming with pride at her and Lexi’s performance on the 120th anniversary of the world-famous dog show.

“Lexi’s not actually my dog, I’ve got four, two at home Memphis and Amber, and two others who were at Crufts, Rio and Spring,” said Melissa.

“Lexi is my parent friends’, Shirley and John, but I met her about two weeks ago and fell in love with her and she was great out in the ring.

“I was a bit nervous but she was fine and I was ecstatic to get the award, especially because it’s only the second time I’ve been out with her.”