It’s almost that time of year for the biggest and best dog show in the world – Crufts 2017. This year it will be held from the 9th-12th of March, Thursday to Sunday at the NEC in Birmingham. I absolutely cannot wait, although most dogs aren’t allowed to come along to the show, it’s the perfect shopping experience for everything dog related.
I’ve been very fortunate to go to Crufts with Woody for the past 3 years. For the first two years Woody and I made it to the Team agility finals, so we competed in the ring with lots of shopping on the side. Then last year we were given a dog pass from Crufts to go round and explore all the stalls and shops to share on our instagram @thecotswoldspaniels.
This year i’m going without any of my four legged family [Super sad face 😦 ], so I need to make sure I bring back lots of goodies to spoil them with! I’ve actually never been without a dog before so it’s going to be a challenge for me to find the main entrance rather than the dog and handler door [There are enough crowds for me to follow] ! I suppose the only positive of going without them will be not having to visit the sand pits every so often for their toilet break, or trying to protect them from the big pushy crowds [I think i’ll have to visit the sand pits to get my dog cuddles].
If all goes to plan I’m hoping to visit Crufts on the Saturday for Gundog day [The absolute best day in my opinion]. I like to visit the spaniel rings and being surrounded by them all I am in dog heaven [Although it does make me miss my spaniels even more]. If you haven’t heard of Crufts or not visited before each day has a different breed day:
- Terrier and Hound
- Toy and Utility
- Working and Pastoral
So you can choose your favourite breed day to visit, or if you’re lucky enough, go every day! All the breeds in that group will be showing in the rings, slowly narrowing them down to the category winner in the evening [ You can watch this each evening on Channel 4]. This winner will then go into the Best in Show class on the Sunday evening.
The trade stands and demonstrations don’t change throughout the 4 days. There’s a huge variety of stalls where you can buy everything and anything for your dogs. As well as so many amazing demonstrations from so many dogs with different talents; it may be an agility or flyball demo persuading you to join a club and get training with your dogs, to an assistance dog demo showing what an amazing job they do to help.
Best of luck to Jaime and her pooches (http://fachshund.blogspot.co.uk) who are competing in the show ring [We can’t wait to cheer you on in the Best in Show class].
Something else very exciting is that our fur-pals Colin and Rhapsody are going to be blogging for Crufts – make sure you follow their blog to read all about it soon https://adventuresofdoodles.com
We’ll soon be doing a blog post with everything on our shopping list to buy at Crufts this year but I’m sure i’ll get carried away and spoil the pooches too much!
Megan, Woody & Wilma
All images are mine from Crufts 2016, view my site here