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One boy and his dog to appear on TV show

by JENNY MONROE

Crawford McCartney with his dog Ace.

Crawford McCartney with his dog Ace.

A LISBURN boy will appear tonight (Friday) on animal show Top Dog.

Viewers will see nine-year-old Crawford McCartney and his dog Ace on the programme hosted by local girl Shauna Lowry, competing in a series of outlandish rounds.

The winning dog goes through to the next round until the grand final when viewers can see who will emerge a canine hero, the Top Dog of Europe.

After filming the programme Crawford said Ace was 'just the best' and was sure that he was taking the 'best dog home.

Crawford's mum Kate explained how the opportunity to appear on TV occurred.

"Crawford had an audition about April time last year, the director liked the way Crawford handled Ace and said the bond between them was obvious" she said. "When he was told he was chosen to be on the programme he spent all his spare time training Ace and teaching him some tricks."

She continued: "He was also told the types of games that may be on the show so he had to practice them too.

Ace did particularly well in the game that involved food being driven under his nose he won that one. They also had to perform some type of routine and with the help of his older sisters they conjured up a Country and Western doggy dance." Before they went along to the programme filming, Crawford and Ace were interviewed by the Top Dog team at Brookhall Farm and had a great time.

Kate continued: "They did exceptionally well and had some fantastic comments from the judges they were particularly impressed with Crawford's handling of Ace."

Tune into Animal Planet's Top Dog at 8pm.

Ulster Star
14/03/2008