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A SHETLAND sheepdog has won a national competition – and received praise from none other than Stephen Fry too.

Kaylee Garrick’s trusty sidekick Fenton has been named ‘Britain’s Next Top Dog’ after a public vote.

Kaylee Garrick and Fenton celebrating after the victory.

The paramedic, from Scalloway, said she was “shocked, happy and proud” to learn the news.

The national competition was run by Cancer Research UK, with votes coming with a donation.

Fry was a member of the judging panel, and he said it was a “wonderful application”.

He praised the “amazing amount of good the pair have done in the last terrible year of Covid…inspirational”.

Fenton was one of six pooches in the running for the competition after winning the ‘working dog’ category.

The Sheltie has been by Garrick’s side for nearly ten years.

Fenton is part of a crew of dogs owned by Garrick which have received global interest for their eye-catching, posed photos.

Kaylee and Fenton (right) promoting CPR.

The images have been used for fundraising calendars, while Fenton has taken part in campaigns to promote CPR and explain the ins and outs of coronavirus.

“Fenton has been called many things in her short ten years: ‘eye catchingly beautiful’, ‘Superdog’ and now ‘inspirational’ by the very man Stephen Fry himself,” Garrick said.

“Every year I wonder how this amazing little dog is going to surprise me…now she’s proven herself as Briton’s Top Dog, I’m excited to see where her little paws takes me next.”

Over the years Fenton and her friends have also showcased Shetland sheepdogs – as well as the isles themselves – to a global audience on social media.

The photos of the dogs have also been a regular feature in national newspapers, and Garrick has also appeared on TV shows like BBC Breakfast to speak about her pose-perfect canines.