It was dog eat dog but we can finally reveal that after beating off the competition from a pack of premium plant pets, our Halewood Hound 2018 is german shepherd, Maxi.
It was paw gnawingly tight but Maxi just pipped our pygmy goat entry, Rogue, to the winner’s post by one point. So congratulations to Rogue and his owner Steve Parry on such a closely run race.
Maxi, 4, lives in Halewood with David Bell, a mechanical product coach from the Trim & Final launch team and his partner Maria.
People Talk Monthly went to meet Maxi, to present her with her crown (which she wouldn’t wear) and to find out more about this sausage-loving agility genius.
“We are over the moon for Maxi, and so pleased she beat the goat, but it was a close competition, says David.
It turns out Maxi is a bit of a star in the dog agility world. In fact, she has a fully-fledged canine career as a fire jumping display and obedience dog.
David explains: “Maxi travels all over the country as she is hired to take part in displays at dog shows, including Crufts, as well as car shows. We’ve had Maxi since she was 8 weeks old and started obedience training when she was 16 weeks so we have put a lot of effort into her over the years and she does work hard, but she loves it and she has the life of riley really.
“My partner Maria does most of the agility stuff with her as I am too soft,” explains David. “We definitely play good cop, bad cop with Maxi. She knows I am the soft touch and she definitely takes advantage of me, especially at the dinner table. Maxi largely eats human food as unbelievably she is allergic to beef, lamb and turkey, which makes dog food a nightmare.”
So when Maxi is not jumping through rings of fire what makes this happy hound’s tail wag?
“Chasing a ball, and food is definitely the way to her heart. Maxi will chase a ball all day long, in fact I have a Nerf cannon and I can just continually blast it out of the kitchen window into the garden to keep her entertained for hours. She’s not really into strokes or cuddles but she will do anything for a pork cocktail sausage or hot dog,” smiles David.
Congratulations Maxi, a more than worthy winner of the first ever Halewood Hound crown.