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VIDEO: Rachael's grooming pets for TV stardom

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: November 15, 2012

By Tom Bevan

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MOVE over Ashleigh and Pudsey – there's a new star dog act in town with Devon's Rachael Grylls and her pets Jessica and Jacob set to take the entertainment world by storm.

They are on course for stardom after winning a Facebook doggie talent competition backed by the Britain's Got Talent winning duo.

Special video of Racheal, Jessica and Jacob in action showing off their full range of jaw-dropping skills:

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The owner and her two Jack Russells wowed hundreds of dog lovers and a celebrity judging panel with their circus double act to win at the Discover Dogs show, Earls Court over the weekend.

They will now go on to perform their routine live in the Crufts Factor final at Crufts in March.

They had initially impressed the Kennel Club judges with their Facebook video entry.

Rachael is now being closely monitored by TV mogul Simon Cowell, who used the Discover Dogs competition to scout for potential stars for his one-off doggie talent show to be aired this Christmas.

She said: "It was an amazing experience to perform with Jessica and Jacob in front of such a big crowd and high profile judging panel.

"All of the finalists were extremely talented and put on a fantastic show. I was overwhelmed to be crowned the winner. Performing at Crufts is a dream come true and we will be training hard for the final in March. I have been working with them for a couple of years – just playing at it really. It started as just a bit of fun, but who knows where it might end up.

"Before that I was training horses. Now I am just looking at working on the routine for Crufts in March. There will be a lot of training involved but it is very exciting for all of us."

All the training work is done at Rachael's stud farm near Okehampton.

Speaking about their performance, one of the judges, Anna Webb from BBC Radio London, said: "Rachael, Jessica and Jacob were always going to be a hard act for the other contestants to follow. These Jack Russells were absolutely incredible, as they kept their focus for every second in the ring, despite the distractions.

"It takes a lot of training to get dogs, especially terriers, to do what Rachael did with them but you could see how much they enjoyed it." Pippa Langhorne, former Britain's Got Talent contestant who sings opera with her dog Buddy, said: "Buddy had decided that they were the winning act as soon as he saw them. They were so entertaining, I didn't want it to end. They are so talented and really deserved to win." Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club communications cirector said: "Our Young Kennel Club member Ashleigh Butler and her dog Pudsey and have gone on to worldwide fame since they were talent scouted by Simon Cowell last year.

"Who knows, the same could happen to Rachael, Jessica and Jacob."

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