A young man from Austria and his collie best friend stunned the audience at the yearly Crufts event, the biggest Best in Show competition for dog lovers. Making an unforgettable performance to a country song, the gorgeous dog proved he’d got moves.
Lukas Pratschker and his border collie Falco cheered up the audience at the National Exhibition Center in Birmingham, UK, with an incredible performance to the rhythm of Big & Rich feat. Gretchen Wilson’s country hit song “Fake I.D.”
They were competing in the Freestyle Heelwork to Music category at the 2018 Crufts. According to the Kennel Club’s webpage, Heelwork to music is described as:
“A relatively recent competitive activity in which participants devise routines of up to four minutes, set to music, and perform the routines with their dog. HTM is divided into two categories – Heelwork to Music and Freestyle – and most Competitions stage official classes in both categories.”
Instead of having his dog run up ramps and jump through hula hoops, Pratschker, instead, choreographed a routine they could both boogie to. And, because the handler is a cowboy, he decided to make it country-western themed!
That’s right, Cruft actually taught his dog to do some seriously fancy footwork right alongside him. As the dynamic duo danced to a Big and Rich song for the Freestyle round, the crowd went absolutely wild. Both the trainer and the pup dominated the four-minute routine with complete focus and precision. Clearly the pair know what they’re doing!
But, while the border collie is magnificent, we think most would agree that his handler really steals the show. His moves had the whole crowd clapping!
The border collie, unfortunately, didn’t walk away with a ‘Best in Show’ trophy, but Falco and his handler were able to parlay his popularity into much bigger appearances, namely, a shot at appearing on America’s Got Talent. How amazing is that?!
Watch the full performance here: Crufts/Youtube