Crufts success for Luton dog warden

Gary and Foxy at Crufts. Picture by: onEdition
Gary and Foxy at Crufts. Picture by: onEdition

A dog warden for Luton council is celebrating his Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla winning the top prize at Crufts on Friday.

Gary Upton, 34, of Heath and Reach, Leighton Buzzard, and three-year-old Foxy strolled away with two prizes, Best of Breed and Top Dog.

Gary and Foxy at Crufts

Gary and Foxy at Crufts

He said: “It was very exciting leading up to the event, he won best of breed and top dog.

“It is my first time with Foxy in the Group ring, his show name is Champion Ragnolds Fantastic Mr Fox to Tragus.

“It feels amazing and surreal, it is only just sinking in.”

Crufts, the world’s largest dog show, celebrated its 125th anniversary with nearly 22,000 dogs entering the competition.

Gary and Foxy at Crufts

Gary and Foxy at Crufts

Mr Upton has been coming to Crufts for over 20 years, following his parents footsteps who have been showing dogs for nearly 40 years.

He added: “For everyone to come here and to see every breed of dog, you just can not get any better.

“Yes you can go along to all the fun shows, but this is the main competition that everyone wants to win, 125 years of showing dogs is amazing, especially to have shows of this size and to get the crowds of this magnitude, is fantastic.”