Leighton Buzzard teenager Catriona Riach was nominated for the Shaun McAlpine Outstanding Person of the Year award at Crufts on Sunday.
Catriona, 17, studies Animal Management and has cared for abandoned dogs while they wait to be re-homed.
And while she didn’t win the award, the Shuttleworth College student admitted her experience at the world-famous Crufts was one to remember.
She said: “It was really good fun out in the ring with everyone watching. This is my first time at Crufts and it’s been so exciting seeing everything that’s been happening.”
Catriona brought four-year-old Papillon dog Max with her. He was one of 22,000 healthy, happy dogs at the show.
She added: “It’s really nice seeing everyone come together and all the dogs in one place. It’s great to win volunteer of the year with Max, we do a lot of walking together and he comes everywhere with me.
“He gives me so much confidence. I’ll be back next year that’s for sure.”
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Catriona and her family should be very proud, she is such a great example of a young person working with dogs to help their community.”