Megan and Shadow prove they’re top dog at Crufts

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A NORTH Northumberland teenager who had to undergo multiple operations has won a top prize at dfs Crufts with her four-year-old Border Collie Shadow.

Megan Young, 16, who lives in Milfield, had three operations within a 12-month period on a splenic cyst which kept returning.

It has left her with practically no immune system.

Megan, a pupil at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick, and Shadow, one of 21,500 dogs at Crufts, beat off the competition to win the prestigious Young Kennel Club (YKC) Agility Dog of the Year Award in a time of 29.59 seconds.

And Megan, who also finished fifth in the YKC elementary obedience event, was left beaming with pride at her performance in the world-famous event.

“Last year was my first year and it went really well because I finished third in the Agility Dog of the Year Award,” she said.

“And to come back and win is absolutely brilliant. I am so thrilled, it is unreal to think that I have come here and won.

“The final was in the main arena but I didn’t find it as daunting as last year, it is a great feeling being out there and the atmosphere was great too.”

After the event, her dad Brian said that he and Megan’s mum were both very proud.

“It’s a remarkable achievement considering what Megan has been through,” he added.

Megan also runs classes in agility, Kennel Club Good Citizen awards and puppy training in Wooler.

For details contact Young’s Agility and Dog Training Services on youngsagility@btinternet.com or 01668 216032.