A proud Luton owner and his champion canine have claimed a prestigious prize at Crufts.
Peter Upton, 61, of Browning Road, and his star pooch, Rocco, a 17-month-old Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla, have won the highly acclaimed Best Breed award.
On March 11 at Birmingham’s NEC Rocco put his best paw forward to win the award at the 126th edition of Crufts, presented by the Kennel Club.
Peter said: “I’m over the moon. I was here with my son, Gary, last year and I was just the proud dad behind the scenes but this year the roles have been reversed and now he’s the proud son watching me go in.
“You don’t see many father-and-son or mother-and-daughter combinations actually showing and this is the third occasion I’ve beaten my son. Gary and his dog Foxy (also a Hungarian Wirehaired Vizsla) won Best of Breed and Top Dog in 2016.”
Back in Luton, Peter is a driver for children with special needs and is delighted to share the news of Rocco’s performance.
Peter said: “We’ve got all this going on but Rocco’s just so laid back. He’s something special. We’ve got a bond. I just love him, he’s my entire world.”