New Zealand's superstar greyhound Little Mother received the code's ultimate accolade when the champion chaser was crowned as the 2011-12 NZ Greyhound of the Year in Wanganui on Saturday night.
Little Mother enjoyed a sublime season, the highlight being her convincing New Zealand Cup victory.
Her 37 races during the season yielded 26 wins for $135,540.
She was retired at the end of the season with a New Zealand race record of 85 career wins and $377,751 in stake earnings.
"Emma [kennel name] is a once-in-a-life greyhound to own. She was a thoroughly professional athlete right throughout her racing career.
"There's no way she could have achieved those results without the outstanding work that Brendon [Cole] and Lisa [Ahern] did with her throughout her career," said Little Mother's proud owner, Gordon Sciberras.
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