Good Boy Dog Model 2010

25th August 2010

Bella the Tibetan terrier has fought off competition from hundreds of hopeful pooches to be crowned the ‘Good Boy Dog Model 2010.’

The seven month old will now front a national poster campaign for Armitage Pet Care’s ‘Good Boy’ range of retro dog toys. Judges were impressed with her faultless performance on the runway and felt she looked the most natural when photographed playing with the toys. Stan, a cross-breed terrier came second with labradoodle Rufus finishing third.

Bella’s owner Christine Bacon, mother of BBC Radio Five Live presenter Richard Bacon, said she never thought in her wildest dreams that her dog would win the competition. Christine, from Mansfield said: “I heard about the competition on local radio and had always thought Bella was an attractive dog, so I decided to enter her. “I wasn’t that hopeful and having once entered Richard into a beautiful baby competition and getting nowhere. I knew that with so many entrants, the chances of her winning were slim. “Like babies everyone thinks their dog is good looking and it’s great to see that other people agree with me.” She said with a grin: “Finally one of my offspring has won a beauty competition.”

Retired radio reporter Christine, 61, said Bella had always been a fan of toys and enjoyed causing mischief with whatever she can get her paws on. She said: “Bella’s got about 30 toys at home and loves to play with them. She’s got a really mischievous side and I regularly find her playing with my make-up, looking back I suppose that was a sign that she was destined for a career in modelling.” “She’d never done anything like this before but after stepping onto the red carpet she settled down and put on a great show in front of the judges – maybe she realised what was a stake. “When they announced that she’d won I was ecstatic, I knew she’d done well but there were some fantastic dogs in the competition and I’d told myself not to get carried away. “Now I know how people feel on the X-factor when they’re told they’ve made it through, for a few minutes I was lost for words.”

Christine says she can’t wait to get started on the campaign with her prize winning pooch. She said: “Bella is a fantastic dog with a great nature and I’ve always thought she’s got star potential, now she’s going to get the opportunity to show it. “She was born on my birthday and I think its fate that I found her, I feel so proud that she’s won the competition. “Now every time I see her on a poster I will be able to say, ‘That’s my dog’, and both of us can’t wait to get started.”