CRUFTS 2019 winner and Britain’s Got Talent star Ashleigh Butler revealed that she sobbed as she triumphed at the annual dog show with her new pooch Sully.
The dog lover and her pooch were crowned Small Crufts singles winner over the weekend – two years on from the devastating death of her beloved Pudsey.
Ashleigh and Pudsey had won Britain’s Got Talent together in 2012, beating out Only Boys Aloud choir and opera duo Jonathan and Charlotte.
The win saw the pair catapulted to fame, appearing in TV shows and plays and even a £2.6million box office hit Pudsey The Dog: The Movie.
But Ashleigh was left heartbroken when her border collie cross passed away in 2017 from blood cancer.
Despite her heartache, the experienced dog trainer went on to compete at Crufts with six-year-old Sully over the weekend.
The pair won the agility category last year – retaining their crown this year with another perfect performance in Birmingham.
Ashleigh said she had been moved to tears after the win, saying: “Just cried watching Sullivan’s champ final win again.”
The competition saw the dog pelt through the agility course in little more than 30 seconds – flying over the obstacles and through tunnels.
And she added on Instagram: “What has just happened. I am in shock. Not only winning the singles on Friday for the third year running, winning the championships today for the second year running, but also winning all THREE rounds today!!!!!!!
“I have so many thank yous but for now my biggest thank you goes to Sullivan for just being incredible.”
Ashleigh and Sully performed on America’s Got Talent: The Champions this year.
The dog owner previously said she thought of Pudsey everyday, telling Lorraine: “I miss him so, so much, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about him, something reminds me of him.”
She went on to admit she was heartbroken that her original dog died before he was able to enjoy retirement from the stage.