Caitlin Channon is no ordinary ten year old. The schoolgirl, from Exeter, acts as a part time carer for her mother, and has won a place at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts in March.
Caitlin, whose ambition is to become a dog show judge, is on her way to make that dream a reality as she prepares to step into the Young Kennel Club Ring at the world famous dog show with her family’s dog, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel called Codi.
Caitlin is a schoolgirl by day and a selfless young lady by night. Each evening when she comes home from school, Catlin, along with her brother, twelve year old Conor, acts as a carer for their mother Samantha who has several spinal problems. As well as housework, Caitlin makes sure the family dogs are well walked, fed and groomed.
Caitlin has always loved dogs and, after spending time with her godmother, Trudi, who shows dogs, decided she wanted to follow in her footsteps and start showing. Aged just five, Caitlin told Trudi that she wanted to take the dogs into the show ring herself - Trudi explained that you have to be six years old to take a dog into the show ring and to ask her again in a year if she was interested. On Caitlin’s sixth birthday she asked her godmother if now she could do it.
Caitlin’s mum Samantha explains: “Caitlin lives for the show ring - she loves dogs and they love her too. Showing is not just about what goes on in the ring - she is also responsible for grooming and taking care of our dogs, and she does such a fantastic job.
“I am so happy that she has qualified for Crufts - it is such a wonderful achievement and a great reward for all of her hard work. She wants to be a dog show judge and so taking part in Crufts, with judges from all over the world around her, is a huge deal. Caitlin is a normal ten year old with an extraordinary life - sometimes I think she is older than her years, but then she goes and does something any other ten year old would do and I think, no she is definitely only ten!”
Caitlin’s school, Bowhill Primary School, is supporting her passion. Teacher, Matthew Smout said:
"We all know about Crufts and it is amazing to have one of our pupils go there and take part at such a young age. Caitlin is a dedicated young girl and we are all wishing her luck and cannot wait to find out how she gets on."
Crufts takes place from 7th-10th March, Catlin will be competing on 8th March in the Young Kennel Club Handling competition in the Young Kennel Club ring.
19th February 2013