They say every dog has its day – but for eight-year-old Kiska from Knowle West recognition comes all the time.
The Alaskan Malumute has recently scooped Miss United Kingdom for her breed – which was by online vote. She was then awarded Runner Up in Miss World, only pipped at the post by Miss America.
And next year the pooch pin-up is due to appear in a Malumute calendar.
Kiska’s owner Filwood Councillor Chris Jackson said: “I’m over the moon – I’ve always known she was the best dog about and now I’ve been proven right.
“She’s always with me… I take her out every day and everyone knows her by name and then ask me, ‘Are you that councillor?”
Kiska has attended council meetings and gone on walkabouts with Cllr Jackson in the area. She was also there the day he finally got a dog bin in Filwood Park after five years of campaigning.
The canine beauty originally came from a dog rescue centre at just 10 weeks and had been “very neglect- ed” – but has never looked back since arriving in Knowle West.
She has won other competitions in the past – awarded best in her age group and Best Dog at Redcatch Dog Show three years ago – when they were “just going for a walk in the park” and she was a last minute entry.
Now Cllr Jackson thinks Kiska may retire from competitions – but she will continue to be a regular fixture on dog walking circuits around the area.