IT WAS a case of every dog having its day for bearded collie Braidy as she secured a prestigious prize at Crufts 2018 alongside her Fareham owner Marilyn Baker.

Three-year-old Braidy put her best paw forward at Birmingham’s NEC to take the Best of Breed award.

That made it a Crufts to remember for her 63-year-old owner Marilyn, of Curlew Drive.

Retired radiographer Marilyn said: “I am just gobsmacked

“I have been showing since the early 1980s, and never had this success. It’s the icing on the cake!

“I am so proud of Braidy for getting the accolade of the breed. She’s very happy, she loves cuddles. She’s very easy-going – she’s perfect!”

There was further success for the region too with Lancashire heeler Rolo winning Best of Breed for Winchester retiree Elizabeth Gordon, while Christopher Purnell and Manuel Fernandez, of Tree Side Road, Southampton, also celebrated a best of breed win for three-year-old Airedale terrier Goldie.

Thousands of other canine lovers descended on the NEC for the 127th edition of the world’s largest and most famous dog show.

An estimated 22,000 dogs, from 49 countries, took part in the four-day event.

Visitors learnt about 200 different breeds at the Discover Dogs zone, cross-breeds competed for the Scruffts crown and the Friends for Life event reminded people about the truly inspiring and unique stories that show dogs at their absolute best.

Tease the whippet, from Edinburgh, was crowned Best In Show on Sunday.