Lottie and Velvet steal the show at Crufts

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An aspiring 12-year-old Paralympian and her black Labrador captured the hearts of the nation and came first in the world’s largest dog show.

Lottie Wilcocks, of Ripponden, has used a wheelchair all of her life after she was born with spina bifida and hydocephalus.

Lottie Wilcocks with her black Labrador Velvet

Lottie Wilcocks with her black Labrador Velvet

Two-years-ago, Lottie and her best canine friend Velvet struck-up an unbreakable bond - with Velvet aiding Lottie with every day tasks and boosting her confidence.

The Ryburn Valley High pupil and Velvet entered the Friends for Life category at Crufts dog show, NEC Birmingham - aired live on TV on Sunday.

The Crufts category celebrates stories where dogs have truly earned the title of man’s best friend through bravery, support or companionship.

Lottie and Velvet beat four other finalists.

She said: “It meant everything to be in the final.

“Velvet is very important to me and I couldn’t imagine life without her. We met at an open day at Dogs for the Disabled. We saw lots of different dogs and one of them was Velvet and we fell in love straight away.

“If I drop something, I say “fetch” and she picks it up and it’s really cute. She also helps me by helping to take my coat off which is really helpful and kind.”

Lottie said she couldn’t believe she was in the final and couldn’t contain her excitement when she won.

Velvet was one of more than 21,000 dogs at the world’s biggest dog show, presented by the Kennel Club.

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