William the conqueror! Dashing dog’s Crufts prize

William with owner Pam Richens PNL-141203-153508001
William with owner Pam Richens PNL-141203-153508001

A prized top dog from Thame has been crowned at Crufts.

William – or Emerick Mayhem as he is known on the show circuit – came second in the mid-limit class for his breed at the famous dog show.

The five-year-old cavalier King Charles spaniel qualified for the competition last year at a Birmingham show.

And this week, together with his owner Pam Richens, William returned to Birmingham, to the NEC, for the highlight of the dog show calendar.

She said: “I was very, very thrilled because I was thinking it would just be a nice day out.

“I didn’t expect anything because Crufts is such a big thing.

“There were also a lot of very good dogs there so I was over the moon.”

There were 22 dogs in the class and the judge had to choose a top seven.

However the judge struggled to make a final decision on the top two dogs, eventually giving William the second place rosette.

And attending Crufts couldn’t have come a moment too soon for Pam.

She qualified for the event in 2011 with Rona, also a cavalier King Charles spaniel.

But Rona was unable to take part after vets were forced to remove six of her teeth just before the event.

Retired Pam, 74, added: “It’s the highlight of the dog year and a really nice day out.”