Jellybean tastes sweet success with first prize.
Byline: RACHAEL NICHOL Reporter
E'S put his best paw forward and done the North East proud.
HJellybean, from Ponteland, has walked away with first prize in the Jack Russell Good Citizen Dog Class at Crufts.
From a young age training has been at the heart of everything Jellybean does and he even made an appearance on CBBC's The Dumping Ground as a puppy.
After four years of entering the competition and training with his owner nearly every day, this year the four-yearold terrier was determined to win.
Jellybean, who was up against three other dogs, paraded around the ring before standing to be examined and handled by the judge to show that he's the perfect example of his breed.
Proving he is not just a pretty face, he has been taking part in the highest level of training possible in the Good Citizen scheme, which is run by the Kennel Club. The scheme is designed to train dogs to be happy, well-trained and under control while out in public.
And this determined terrier, who is keen to give everything a go, loved every minute of Crufts - meeting new friends, tasting sample treats and playing with new toys.
While Jellybean enjoys being wellbehaved at dog shows, his owner says that he'd rather be chasing a ball through a muddy field or swimming in the local river.
Proud owner, Sue McCabe, dog trainer and behaviourist and trustee for Street Paws, said: "I was really surprised and delighted the judge chose us, as we'd taken part in another Jack Russell class earlier in the day and hadn't been placed at all.
"He's such a happy, confident little guy. He's very smart and very trainable. People always ask how long it's taken to train him, but in reality, every time I interact with him, I'm praising him for his good behaviour.
"It has became very much part of our relationship to have fun together and spend time training."
Jellybean in irresistible form at Crufts Sue McCabe