SCHOOLGIRL Ellie Ryland won big on national TV with the help of her prize pooch.
The 10-year-old Grindon Hall Christian School pupil, of Hall Farm, joined forces her pet husky Aysha to take the winner’s crown on an episode of CBBC show Who Let The Dogs Out?
Despite the pair competing with several highly-trained dogs, they scooped the top prize.
The shows sees dogs and their owners take part in a series of challenges.
Ellie and Aysha won after the hound pulled a giant bone over a distance in the quickest time.
“They really were the underdogs and Ellie didn’t expect to win,” said Ellie’s mum Janette, 51.
“They did all the different challenges.
“I think really it was Ellie’s personality that got them through to the final.
“Aysha wasn’t very good early on and she couldn’t do many of the challenges.
“Typical husky though, she was brilliant on the day and they ended up winning.”
Janette, who is married to Dave, 42, added: “They are big partners in crime and often together.
“I’m not just saying this, but Aysha is a lovely character.
“She’s popular wherever she goes.
“Ellie was delighted. She laughed all the way through the filming but she is a very joyful little girl anyway.”
WHO Let the Dogs Out? is named after the 2000 hit single by Baha Men.
The wacky pooch talent talent show is presented by dog training champion Zak George and narrated by former Young Ones and Blackadder star Rik Mayall.
In each episode, Zak chooses three young dog trainers to learn a new stunt.
The dog and owner who complete the task best are crowned champions of the episode.