Sh Ch Vbos The Kentuckian, the Flat-coated Retriever who won best in show at Crufts 2011, died on Monday. He would have been 12 in August. ‘Jet’ was bred and owned by Jim Irvine and was the family pet of Iain Ross. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career, winning more and more the older he got. When he was almost eight he won his first group, at East of England ‘09, where he went on to BIS. Soon afterwards he was BIS at National Gundog, following two RBIS and a G3 there. Further group and RBIS awards followed but his great day came at Crufts ‘11 where he was Paolo Dondina’s choice as BIS, at nine years the oldest dog to take that award. He was shown twice more, to retire with BIS on his home ground at Scottish Kennel Club, where he also claimed the breed CC record. A full tribute will appear next week. photo Walker.