Crufts 2012

Hee hee – did you see it on the telly?

I am sure that I don’t have to tell you, but last weekend saw Crufts 2012 come to the NEC in Birmingham, and in a very exciting turn of events I was allowed out of the office for the day to go and explore!

I was VERY excited and pleased to see that the journey did not take as long as I had feared (it did look a very long way on the map, and my dad’s singing is not so great!)

Luckily there were some hints for him to follow! Thank you sign makers!

Obviously the first thing I had to do when I arrived was to check out my stand; well it did have my face all over it so I wanted to make sure I looked great!

Looking good, even if I do say so myself!

I had a bit of a sniff around to see who had been there before me before I decided to go and check out the doggy competition.

Have you ever seen so many different doggies?

I have never seen so many doggies before in my life (and I come from a big family) the doggies there were of all shapes and sizes – some were tiny and others I think were more horse than dog!

The jury is still out on this one!!!!

They were all looking very lovely and smelt of soap and other yucky things, and seemed to be thoroughly enjoying all the attention. They were very good at lining up and standing nicely, almost still (dad said I would never have made the grade – so rude!)

A fab line up!

and more brilliant line ups

they stood on tables…..

A very good table stand!

And spectated….

The show is happening behind you!!

It was definitely the place to be if you are a dog, and this is obviously a very well-known fact as not only was us proper dogs there but there were also toy doggies…

So cute!

And this! 

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I don’t know what this is –  I think it’s a dog?!

I did have so much fun, and there was so much to see, but for me the highlight of the day was meeting one of my long lost relatives, we have the same mother or grandmother (I wonder how removed that makes me?) 

My long lost……..relative!?!

All in all I can give my paw of approval to Crufts this year, and hope to see you all there next year!

5 paw prints out of 5!!

Darlington’s Dog show.

Well you wouldn’t believe it but last Friday (16th September) I had a day out of the office. I was confident that too much damage couldn’t be done in the space of one days absence, and so decided I would go and supervise David (one of our sales team) to ensure that my food was being well represented at the Darlington Dog show.

I was slightly worried when the rain started as soon as the engine turned off, but luckily it was only a light shower and soon passed – although the sun didn’t make a massive appearance at all!

David was easy to spot with his massive branded gazebo, a lot easier to find than the entrance (yes I did walk with purpose in the completely wrong direction, until a lovely Scottish lady pointed out my error) And I was pleased to see that he had opened up packets of treats and food so people could ‘try before they buy’. I was pointing out to David that it wasn’t fair that just because I knew how good my food is I couldn’t try, when my attention was taken by a big brown dog wearing a bright orange fishnet scarf!

That’s when I really looked around properly for the first time and I have never seen so many dogs together in my life – they were all different shapes, sizes and colours. Some were part of massive packs, others were on their own, some walking nicely on leads (a lot better than I walk on mine) and some were being pushed around on little carts. The owners were all dressed in the Sunday best and I noticed that the dogs all looked rather spiffing too! There were lots of different rings with things going on so I left David with strict instructions on how to behave and went for a closer inspection. I did a quick once around all the stalls (mine was clearly the best!) before turning my attentions to the dogs being judged and you will never believe what I saw….

They were me’s, lots and lots of me dogs! Well I had to stand and watch, it was so exciting and I even got to say hello to a few of the winners up close and personal!

 After they had finished the Bassett Fauve de Bretagne puppy class I thought it was time I headed back to the stand and supervised David some more. I had such a lovely day and got to make lots of new doggie friends, I also managed to carry out a full assessment of David and he does an OK job so look out for him at future shows.