I'm sure you were all glued to your TV on Sunday evening to see the lovely Jilly crowned "Best in Show" at Crufts. The first Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to make it through in what has been criticised in the past as the biggest celebration of in-breeding outside the Royal Family.
Nobody could accuse a PBGV of being inbred, yet they all look so remarkably similar (although Lily is better looking than Jilly, it must be said). Most people ask us which mixture of breeds she is, assuming she's some kind of mutt. Now she will be recognized as a classic French Basset.
I hope Jilly's success won't mean lots of new dog owners queue up to buy one because they are not the easiest of dogs to own (Yes, back to me). You can't let them off their lead anywhere other than a tennis court and even then the people playing tennis normally get quite cross. She will run forever in a straight line (through hedges and across motorways) if let free and develops a sudden lapse of memory as to who her owners are.
But she IS lovely....