Downham Market greyhound crowned Top Dog of Norfolk 2020
A Downham canine has been crowned this year's Top Dog of Norfolk in a recent competition.
Sky, a five-year-old greyhound, beat off competition from more than 140 other entrants to win the title in a competition run by Norwich pet care company Tom and Toto.
Sky’s owner Lorraine Bullman, of Downham, said entrants were asked to submit their favourite photo of their dog and write a few words saying why their pet should win.
After an initial voting round, Sky made the top 10 – then a panel of judges combined scores for the dog's photos, information about them from their owners, and their voting scores to whittle the entrants down to a top 5, which Sky also made it into.
The final decision was made by another public vote, which Sky won, meaning she was crowned the Top Dog of Norfolk 2020 by Tom and Toto.
Lorraine, a volunteer with the King's Lynn Greyhound Trust, said: "I was absolutely delighted. We really wanted her to win it to promote greyhounds as great pets.
"She's our second greyhound and we wouldn't be without one now."
The pair were visited by Sarah Wright, director of the pet care company, on Friday who presented them with their prizes – which included vouchers, dog treats and a watercolour painting of Sky.
Lorraine said Sky will share some of her prizes with the King's Lynn Greyhound Trust, with some of the vouchers being used to purchase new items for the trust's kennels.
She said: “Sky is five years old and is a fantastic ambassadog for greyhounds – regularly attending ‘meet and greet’ events to raise awareness of greyhounds as great pets.
“She also helps me co-run the Great Global Greyhound Walk – an annual charity event that promotes greyhounds, and their sighthound cousins, as great pets.
“This year the event has had to be put back from its usual date in June and will now be on Sunday 4th October, when walks will take part all across the world to celebrate greyhounds and to ‘walk together’, united in their love for this lovely breed.
"Last year nearly 9,000 hounds took part!”
Lorraine, who has been volunteering for the Greyhound Trust for around 10 years, said greyhounds are great pets as they are "very gentle and very docile".
"They are well known for being 40 mile per hour coach potatoes," she said.
"They like to have a run but usually they spend most of the day on the sofa with their feet in the air.
"Sky does like a walk, most greyhounds only need two 20 minute walks a day, they are relatively versatile. They are very gentle and placid."
To find out more about the Greyhound Trust, visit www.greyhoundtrust.org.uk.