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Will Norwich dog win big at Scruffts?

Eddie, aged 10, of Bowthorpe, who is taking part in Scrufts. With him are his family, Angela and Tim Watson, and their children, Thomas, 14, and Adrianne, 15. Picture: Denise Bradley

Eddie, aged 10, of Bowthorpe, who is taking part in Scrufts. With him are his family, Angela and Tim Watson, and their children, Thomas, 14, and Adrianne, 15. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Ten-year-old crossbreed Eddie came second in the Golden Oldies Scruffts competition last year, and her owner hopes he will go one better this time.

Eddie won his All About Dogs heat to qualify for the class final at London’s biggest dog event, Discover Dogs.

And on Saturday, November 10 he will be competing against some of the most talented and best looking crossbreeds from around the country.

Eddie lives with owner Angela Watson, 33, her two children Adrianne, 15, and Thomas, 14, three greyhounds and two cats, at their home in Beloe Avenue, Norwich.

Mrs Watson, who is studying educational studies at the UEA, said Eddie was special because he was incredibly loyal and an intuitive companion.

She said: “He was second last year and we are hoping he wins it this time. He has also won waggiest tail competitions.

“We have had him since he was six-months-old, and he’s part of the family. He’s been through everything with us and has grown up with the children.

“He’s so gentle and he gets on really well with our other pets. He is fun-loving, kind and the best friend you could wish for. We love him very much.”

Previous winners of Scruffts include Britain’s Got Talent Winner, Ashleigh Butler with Pudsey’s mum, Buffy.

For the first time in the event’s history, the winner from each class final will be invited to the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts 2013, where they will battle for the title of Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of the Year.

Throughout the year, heats of the popular Scruffts contest, which is supported by pet food makers James Wellbeloved, have taken place around the country in search of crossbreeds with that extra special something.

Top judges will be making the difficult decision on the day, taking into account the importance of dog training and responsible dog ownership; judging the entrants on good character, health and temperament as well as looks.

James Wellbeloved marketing manager, Anne-Laure Jaouën said: “Last year’s winner, Milo was a huge hit - guest judge Anthony Head gushed about the star quality he possessed. This year’s competitors have a great example to follow and I am sure they will not disappoint.”

Scruffts caters exclusively for crossbreed dogs; dogs whose parents are of two different breeds, or a mixture of several breeds.

The main ring at Discover Dogs will showcase more than 40 crossbreed dogs of all ages, shapes and sizes, in four Scruffts class finals.

Scruffts is run in support of the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which has donated over £6.4m worth of grants to benefit the canine world since its inception in 1987.

To find out more about Scruffts, visit www.scruffts.org.uk, For tickets to Discover Dogs, call 0844 581 1381 or visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk.

Has your pet been given an award? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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