It has always been a dream for dog-lover Betsan Williams to compete at Crufts, and this year, her dream came true when her beloved pet qualified for the worlds’ largest dog show.

The 12-year-old Betsan, from Mydroilyn, took her 11-month-old whippet bitch Cadi - Layways Now and Forever Bodlon - to the Birmingham NEC arena after qualifying at the Whippet Club of Wales Show in Llantrisant - and this at her second ever attempt.

More than 400 whippets were shown at Crufts and there were 15 against Cadi.

“I was really, really, really happy to get to Crufts and I’d do it again," said Betsan, whose mum Jenny shows Welsh Springer Spaniels.

"She usually behaves really well in the ring but we were standing in a place where the sun was in her eyes and she kept moving, so we weren’t placed this time, but everyone says that Cadi is really nice.”

Both Betsan and Jenny travel all over Wales and England on weekends to compete with their dogs, and Betsan wants to try and qualify Cadi for the country's premiere dog show again next year.

“It was a dream come true to get there," she said.

"I remember when mum took me to Crufts when I was about three years old and I said that one day I’d be competing there with a dog and I did it.”

Mum Jenny said: “They weren't placed as the whippet classes are huge and Cadi was determined to be naughtier than ever but they had a fantastic time.

"It’s such an achievement for them to even qualify in such a numerically high breed.

"Although she didn't get a prize, she's a winner in my eyes.”