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Kali set to do Bermuda proud at Crufts

Kali at the 2013 Bermuda Dog Shows with judges Janet Lobb (Canada), Espen Engh (Norway) and Joe Lobb (Canada) and handler Shelby Williams (holding the dog)

A champion Bermuda dog is heading to Crufts for the second time this week — with an entourage of local supporters.

Four-year-old Kali — whose full show name is Bermuda Champion Ulmarra Tropical Ice at Winton — will be cheered on at the world’s largest dog show by flag-waving members of the Bermuda Kennel Club.

Kali, an Irish-bred Saluki owned by Kathy Williams, last went to Crufts in 2011, when the Island was represented at the show for the first time.

Carole Havercroft, from the Kennel Club, told The Royal Gazette: “She is in her prime now. She has to be shown in the open class, because she’s a champion from another country but she will be going against some seriously good dogs. It’s very exciting.”

Kali qualified for Crufts, which takes place from Thursday to Sunday at Birmingham NEC, in the October 2013 Bermuda Dog Shows.

She will be competing against 140 Salukis from around the world — 67 dogs and 73 bitches — and will be handled by Shelby Williams (no relation to Kathy).

Ms Havercroft said about a dozen supporters were flying to the UK tomorrow night to cheer her on.

Kali’s show name includes the affix of her original breeder, Ulmarra, and Ms Williams’s breeder affix, Winton.