Betsy the Leamington wonder dog bounces back from injury to compete in national event

Ruby Welsford and her dog Betsy.

Ruby Welsford and her dog Betsy.

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An amazing dog famed for her tricks in online videos has bounced back after being hit by a car to make an impression at a national competition.

Betsy, a three-year-old border collie x Labrador, is owned and trained by 24-year-old Leamington woman Ruby Welsford and is known for her skills with a frisbee, backflips and handstands.

Her YouTube channel Betsy Boo and her Twitter and instagram accounts have 40,000 followers.

Over the past four years she has reached the national semi finals of UK Superdogs Live, coming second in the Most Talented section of the actual final last year and narrowly missing out on a place in the finals this week after she came third.

But it wasn’t plain sailing.

At the start of September Betsy was hit by a car during an evening walk.

As a result she broke her leg and had to have surgery.

Miss Welford said: “I was so worried because Betsy is my fifth limb and goes everywhere with me.

“I got her in my final year at university and she even attended my graduation.

“The three nights she was at the vets was the longest time we had been apart.

“This year really tested my imagination as normally she does quite high impact tricks, but despite being pretty much healed she was building up to full fitness so to be on the safe side we did a routine which required most of her legs on the floor, but still included extremely complex tricks.

“It was an honour to be asked to perform, especially as the presenter was Channel 4’s Supervet, Noel Fitzpatrick.

“He saved my godparents’ puppy - I think he should be knighted for what he does.”

Miss Welford is planning to open her own training school for dogs soon.

To attend a test class visit www.clickertastic.co.uk