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Elmo the German Shepherd Dog earns chance to be top dog in dfs Crufts Best in Show Final

Ch Elmo Vom HunhnegrabCh Elmo Vom Hunhnegrab, aka Elmo, a German Shepherd from Weymouth has qualified for the prestigious dfs Crufts Best in Show final, which will be held on Sunday evening at the world’s greatest dog show, after winning the Pastoral group today.

Over 21,000 dogs are competing over the four days of the show, taking place at the NEC, Birmingham, for one of just seven places in the final and the chance to win the most celebrated title in the world of dogs. This year is the 120th anniversary of dfs Crufts, and the winner will join a long line of champions that have taken the Best in Show title in that time.

Elmo is owned by John Cullen and handled by Stephen Cox. Stephen and Elmo, aged 4, will be returning to the Main Arena at dfs Crufts on Sunday evening for the highly anticipated dfs Crufts 2011 final, which will be televised live on More4.

Stephen said: “Unbelievable, I am buzzing, it is absolutely fabulous. He’s a top winning dog and I’m going to be celebrating big style tonight“.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Communications Director, said: “Reaching the Best in Show competition at dfs Crufts is a fabulous achievement for any dog, and we wish Elmo all the very best for the final. I’m sure that all of Dorset will be tuning in to More4 and rooting for them to win on Sunday evening.”

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11th March 2011
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For more information, images or interview requests please contact the Kennel Club Press Office:

020 7518 1008 / 0870 761 1519/1520
press.office@thekennelclub.org.uk



Photography
·        Images of the winners can be downloaded from the fully managed online Press Office service World Wide Images at http://www.w-w-i.com/dfs_crufts_2011/.
Radio
·        To arrange a radio interview, please contact Talking Point Broadcasting on 07970 617622 or email tpb@talkingpointbroadcasting.co.uk.
Video Footage
·        For video footage from the event please contact Andrew Preece from Sunset & Vine on 01865 260200 or email: andrew.preece@sunsetvineapp.com.


Notes to Editors

·        The Kennel Club, organiser of dfs Crufts, is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to the health and welfare of dogs. At its heart are programmes and investments in education and health initiatives to help dogs across the UK to live long, healthy, happy lives with responsible owners.
·        dfs Crufts is a unique celebration of happy, healthy dogs and of the loving relationship that they enjoy with their owners. It recognises the varied roles that dogs play in society and highlights the many different disciplines and activities in which dogs are involved.

Catch up and Watch
WATCH
·        Watch dfs Crufts live on More4 from 7pm – 9pm on 10th – 13th March. More4 is carried on Freeview, on satellite broadcasters Freesat and Sky, UK IPTV broadcaster TalkTalk TV and on UK cable network Virgin Media and in the Republic of Ireland, cable networks including UPC. This will include all of the highlights from the Arena programme, including the presentation to the Friends for Life winner and Best in Show.
·        Watch dfs Crufts live at www.dfscrufts.tv.
·        Watch official Crufts videos at http://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialCrufts .
LISTEN
·        Listen to the latest from dfs Crufts via 87.7 dfsCrufts FM or on the website www.dfscrufts.org.uk, 24 hours a day.
·        Listen to streaming interviews online at http://talkingpointbroadcasting.co.uk/crufts/audio.html

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3/12/2011

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