Winners! Lara Pavitt and her dog Browse.

Teenager’s a Crufts champ

A Spalding teenager proved you can teach an old dog new tricks when she sailed into first place at Crufts in the Rally Competition with her 11-year-old Australian Shepherd, Browse.

Lara Pavitt (15) rehomed Browse three years ago, along with his nephew, Bobbie.

Winners! Lara Pavitt and her dog Browse.

Lara’s mum, Hilary, said Lara loves animals and was excited to have her own dog.

After bonding quickly, Lara and Browse soon embarked on obedience and rally classes. When Lara visited Crufts last year, she decided she’d like to compete this year.

Hilary said: “Lara didn’t expect to win anything. She just wanted to enjoy the experience. She was both nervous and excited but was overjoyed to come sixth in Basic and ninth in Novice, but the biggest surprise was to be the winner of the Rally Competition!”

Lara and Browse hope to return next year.

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