As I was drinking my now-cold cappuccino at my local coffee shop early in the morning, an email notification popped up on the bottom right hand corner of my screen. An invitation to Parliament to discuss the rise in dog theft across the UK. Despite my initial excitement at the thought of going to Parliament, my heart sank a little at the prospect that dog theft has now become a national concern.
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!
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.
It’s that time of year again! 25,000 dogs, 210 breeds, 7 groups and 1 Best in Show. As the most renowned and certainly the biggest in the world, Crufts is truly the world cup of Dog Showing.
Crufts is simply four days of celebration of man’s best friend. As well as Best in Show, there are a huge number of activities besides; the Scruffts final, flyball, heelwork to music and agility action in the main ring, Discover Dogs, a reading corner where children can read to special reading dogs, educational areas, a breed health zone, hundreds of trade stands to shop from and much more. The dog showing world is a multi million pound industry and there is no better place to see that than Crufts and many businesses such as dog food and equipment heavily depend on it as a source of income.
The atmosphere is always exhilarating but for once I wasn’t exhibiting any dogs, so this gave me a great chance to network and blog. One of the things I did get a chance to do was to interview Dog Law Specialist Trevor Cooper from Dogs Trust and Cooper & Co Solicitors here.