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Line-dancing dog crowned Pup Idol
Cascade. Picture by Gina Graham
Cascade was abandoned as a puppy and rescued by Ms Graham
A line-dancing sheepdog has been crowned Pup Idol at a canine show.

Cascade, a five-year-old collie from Staffordshire, wowed judges with her performance on Saturday.

Trained by owner Gina Graham, she saw off competition from skateboarding bull terriers Bacon and Suggs and owner Jo Ann Essex, who also made the final.

A Guinness World Record was also broken at the Wag and Bone Show at Windsor, Berkshire, when 627 dogs performed a two-minute sit stay at the same time.

The previous record was 514 dogs, set at last year's show, which itself broke the record from the 2003 show.

Gina and Cascade captured the spirit of the show - a celebration of love between dogs and their owners
Terry Doe, judge

Pup Idol winner Cascade was rescued by Ms Graham's family after she was found wandering the Welsh hills as a puppy.

She has won a string of agility competitions and appeared at Crufts with the Young Kennel Club.

Terry Doe, one of a panel of three Pup Idol judges, told BBC News: "There were some wonderfully accomplished performances, but we felt Gina and Cascade best captured the spirit of the show - a celebration of love between dogs and their owners."

Mr Doe said another strong contender was a doggy Elvis impersonator in a sequinned jumpsuit.

Also on the judging panel was Gerry Cott, who founded the Boomtown Rats with Bob Geldof and is now a dog trainer.

Organisers estimated more than 3,000 dogs and their owners visited the show, organised at Windsor Great Park by seven animal charities including Battersea Dogs Home and the Blue Cross.

Last year's Pup Idol was won jointly by Jake, a cairn terrier cross from Cornwall who had taught himself to do football tricks, and Daz, a Staffordshire terrier who performed a dance routine to music despite being deaf.


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