PUPILS are rooting for their girl Sassy after she clinched her place at Crufts for the second year running.
Students at Sunderland High School are hoping their school housekeeper, Carol Gallagher, has a champion on her hands with the young Dalmatian.
At just 18 months old, Sassy has already won enough points in competitions to qualify for Crufts next year.
After years of owning and showing the breed, Carol thinks her youngest dog has the potential to be a winner.
The 51-year-old said: “She won a place in the puppy category at Crufts this year, but I dislocated my knee and was really struggling in the ring, so we didn’t do a very good showing.
“This time she will be in the junior section, and hopefully we will perform a lot better.”
Sassy, whose pedigree name is Kelevra Madam Defarge of Dalcarla, is from a line of champions and Carol hopes she has inherited their good genes.
She said: “Her father is a multi-champion and her mother is a champion.
“I had already put my name down with the breeder before her mother was even pregnant.
“There were four bitches in the litter. When I saw her, I just knew she was the one for us.
“We are really hoping that this little lady is going to follow in her father’s footsteps.”
Carol, who lives in Hendon with husband Danny and youngest daughter, Paula, 15, has always been a lover of the breed after getting her first Dalmatian at the age of four.
Showing dogs is now a family affair, with eldest daugher, Jane, 33, taking to the ring with her Weimaraner.
Carol said: “We really love showing. It is a massive social activity for the dogs and for the owners. We have made loads of friends in the Dalmatian world.”