Team Bermuda: From left, Myth, Kali and Whispa represented Bermuda at Crufts. *Photo supplied
Team Bermuda: From left, Myth, Kali and Whispa represented Bermuda at Crufts. *Photo supplied

FRIDAY, APRIL 20: A small corner of Crufts 2012 remained distinctly Bermudian this year as three of the island’s top hounds took part in the biggest dog show on earth.

Two Salukis called Myth and Kali, as well as Whispa the Whippet competed in the annual event that featured more 22,000 dogs from across the world.

The trio, along with their owners, travelled to the UK last month after gaining qualification for Crufts through the Bermuda Kennel Club October Dog Shows for the first time.

The Bermuda team was cheered on by a small group of flag-waving supporters wherever they went.

Myth, who is owned by Carole and Ian Havercroft, took fourth place in the Special Juniors class and was presented with a Crufts Certificate.

Mrs Havercroft said: “We’ll be framing the certificate and putting it up in the house.  We are very proud of Myth’s achievement.”

Kali and Whispa did their owner, Kathy Williams, proud in their respective classes, despite not being placed in the top four.

Ms Williams and Kali went on to compete in the Irish Kennel Club’s Celtic Winners Show in Ireland where the two-year-old dog picked up a Green Star for best female Saluki.

Mrs Havercroft added: “It was a dream come true to compete in Crufts.

“Everyone was so friendly and we had an absolutely incredible time.

“It was a very nerve-racking experience and for the Cani-Cross race, where we run around with the dogs, I had tears streaming down my face all the way around.

“It was very emotional and an experience I will never forget.”