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Emilia, from Parkhall, will fulfil her Crufts dream

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: July 02, 2014

Emilia Bowers aged 10 with her German Spitz Mittel "Blitzy".

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Young dog trainer Emilia Bowers is to fulfil her dream of competing at Crufts with her pet pooch Blitzy.

The talented 10-year-old, who has been doing dog agility sessions since the age of four, has qualified for the competition with her Young Kennel Club team.

Now she is putting her 18-month-old German Spitz through its paces ready for the event in March next year.

Emilia, from Parkhall, said: "I feel really happy and excited. I have wanted to take part ever since I heard about Crufts, so I cannot wait.

"A friend's mum phoned to tell me the good news when I was shopping and I couldn't believe it."

The youngster, who is a pupil at St Filumena's Catholic Primary, in Caverswall, will be competing alongside three of her team mates from the North Derbyshire Agility Club and Dog Vegas.

"I spend almost every night training Blitzy. I put a lot of my free time into it, but I don't mind because I love dogs and it's a lot of fun for me," she said.

"When I am older, I want to be a vet so I can work with animals and have my own training club."

Emilia now plans on spending even more time preparing for the competition at Birmingham's NEC.

In 2008, Emilia started to train her mum's dog Rory, the lively cocker spaniel, until she was given her own puppy in 2011.

Proud parents, Lotta, aged 37, and Kevin, aged 43, have been training dogs and entering agility competitions for more than a decade.

The couple are delighted their daughter shares the same passion.

Lotta, a sales executive, said: "We started agility classes with a Border Collie and then acquired quite a few dogs, so my children were born into it.

"We ran Rory together and Emilia was always there with treats, training him to sit and do tricks.

"And then Emilia trained Blitzy all by herself. She can do tricks, she's amazing and they both have a brilliant bond. To become good enough to compete in Crufts takes up an awful lot of work, it is an every day thing, a way of life."

Lotta, who runs the Staff Agility School in Cheadle, added: "Emilia is better than me. She has full control of Blitzy.

"I am so proud of her. She has been desperate to get to Crufts for years and now she is eager to win.

"I think Emilia is an inspiration to young people of how a dog can bring joy and great achievement to their life."

Emilia is also entering the singles qualifying events in August at the Kennel Club International Agility Festival.

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