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Windsor Championship Dog Show

Windsor Castle looming on the show ground, Pimms, Sunshine, Flowers, Dogs and Pink jackets. Sound familiar? It’s none other than the Windsor Championship Dog Show!

History

Founded in 1951, it’s first show had an entry of 1,000 dogs across all breeds. In 2013 we had an entry of 10,456 and it proves to be one of the most popular and prestigious dog shows around. Judges and exhibitors from local towns to abroad flock to the show at 7:30am preparing their crates, umbrellas, chairs and tables ready for another scorching day.

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London Pet Show: Review

The next attraction on my list was The London Pet Show at Earls Court 2  which was on May 11th & 12th.

So what sort of attractions do they have to offer the public, you say? As the name suggests, The London Pet Show exhibits a whole range of species such as;

  • Fish
  • Birds (Definitely wins the most noisiest award)
  • Pigs
  • Hedgehogs
  • Rats
  • Snakes
  • *Breathes in*
  • Ferrets
  • Ponies
  • Rabbits
  • Cats and of course, my personal favourite, Dogs.

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The Beagle Club BBQ & Rally

It’s the 6th of April and we’ve had our first sunny day. Considering that 2 days ago it was snowing heavily, if I told anyone I was off to a BBQ this weekend I would of been given some strange looks…

The event was held at a lovely small village called Watlington, in Oxfordshire. We arrived with a much bigger turnout than expected thanks to some new guests!

Usually The Beagle Club shows are Open and Championship but this day was more of a social gathering, for both owners and Beagles alike.  It was a refreshing change.

The BBQ. Not exactly 'Beagle proof' but a nice touch!
The BBQ. Not exactly ‘Beagle proof’ but a nice touch!

What I loved about this event was the high turnout, not just from breeders and handlers but everyday pet owners too, notably from BeaglesUK, an online community with a website and social media such as Facebook and Twitter, who turned out in force! Many of those acquired their Beagles from breeders at the show so it was lovely to catch up with one or two  of the Nedlaw Beagles that I’ve looked after.

Once everybody finished their lunch (and the Beagles finished some leftovers) we had fun games!

We had several classes competing such as;

  • Parade of Rescue and Beagle Welfare Hounds
  • Veteran 7 years and older (Dogs & Bitches)
  • Puppy Romps (4 up to 6 months)
  • Puppy Romps (6 up to 12 months)
  • Prettiest Bitch
  • Handsome Dog
  • Beagle Trotting Dogs
  • Beagle Trotting Bitches
  • Best Trick
  • Waggiest Tail
  • And finally – Fancy Dress! (Highly amusing to say the least!)

 

You can see from these classes that it wasn’t your typical ‘Dog Show’ but more of a fun day. I realised how hard it was to show my Saffy with a collar and lead on! As for the tricks, the only trick I could show everybody is how well she can show her own mind! So I think I’ll skip that class…

Saffy looking at the other Beagles.
Saffy looking at the other Beagles.

My highlights of the day have to be the Best Tricks, you saw all types of tricks; barking, rolling, jumping, sitting, dancing and catching! (Treats of course…)

Here are a couple of clips from the best I saw that day;

This is Missy the Beagle showing off his Heelwork skills!

Followed by Bertie:

Overall it was a friendly atmosphere as you get in any Beagle shows with added laughter. I’d like to thank everybody on The Beagle Club committee for such enjoyable and memorable show.

Did you go? Share your stories from the day in the comments below!

Links:

The Beagle Club:

www.thebeagleclub.org

BeaglesUK:

www.beaglesuk.co.uk

www.facebook.com/groups/101373609966513

Beagle Welfare:

http://www.beagleadvice.org.uk/