A successful dog shower has spoken of her pride at being selected as a Crufts judge.
Coun Val Wade, who lives on a farm in Wadsworth, has been chosen to judge at the prestigious show for the second time in her career and will cast her eye over Irish Red and White Setters.
The world’s biggest dog event will take place from Thursday, March 6, to Sunday, March 9, at the NEC in Birmingham and although it means Coun Wade won’t be able to show her own pooches she is honoured to be a judge.
“I feel pleased about it. It’s an honour to be asked to judge at Crufts,” said Coun Wade, who is a championship show judge on the circuit.
“I have done Irish Red Setters in the past, so to be asked to do Red and Whites I’m really quite proud of myself.
“Judging at Crufts has to be a highlight. As far as the judging and the dogs go it’s like anything else.
“But it’s a prestigious show that everybody knows about and to get a prize makes it very special. Everybody wants to be there.”
Coun Wade has been showing dogs since 1966 and judging since 1972.
She currently has nine Irish Red and White Setters which she will be showing later this year.
The showing calendar starts in April and continues to December, and Coun Wade will be travelling - in both a showing capacity - as far north as Edinburgh and as far south as Bournemouth.
“I enjoy showing. If you didn’t enjoy it you wouldn’t do it,” said Coun Wade who only breeds for show.
“Having to get up at three in the morning and drive all the way to Bournemouth to show and then come back on the same day is quite hard work.
“You really wouldn’t do it if you didn’t like it. It’s not an easy job.
“I like the showing more than the judging. I like the social side of it.
“I have got many friends who have the same hobby, so it’s really nice to meet up with them at the shows.”
Coun Wade will be judging the 90 dogs in her category on the Sunday.
For more information, or to buy tickets for the event, go to www.crufts.org.uk/