Crufts Dog Show 2017

I went to Crufts Dog Show at Birmingham NEC for Gundog Day, I go every year and thoroughly enjoy it. I always look forward to meeting and photographing different dog breeds as each of them have such lovely expressions you wonder what they are thinking. It is also a good event for getting to know dogs that play important roles and make a difference in some people's lives. Since 2016 Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs that have featured in films alongside well known actors and Therapy Dogs Nationwide Charity attended the event for the first time in 2017.

Stunt Dogs

Gill Raddings and her Stunt Dogs held demonstrations at the Arden Grange Stand where you got to know some of the dogs and learn more about the training that is involved for film work. I really loved watching these dogs and could of photographed them all day, it was hard to tear myself away. Dodger and Biscuit are two of the dogs that started out as rescue dogs, it was so lovely to see how well they were doing. Many of the dogs have featured in films and programmes. Dodger has featured in Doc Martin and played Buddy and one of the other dogs Barley appeared in  JK Rowling;'s film Fantastic Beats and Where To Find Them.

If you would like more information on Gill Raddings Stunt Dogs or know anyone who need any dogs for films their website is http://stuntdogs.net/dogs/

Therapy Dogs Nationwide

One of the things I look forward to the most about the event each year is meeting therapy dogs who make a huge difference in some peoples lives.  In 2017 Therapy Dogs Nationwide had their first year at Crufts. It was lovely to meet them and I got to know some of their lovely dogs including a deaf Spaniel Ted, a special rescue dog Haatchi and Bones the very affectionate Staffie that gave kisses to everyone he met. Therapy Dogs Nationwide is run by a group of volunteers and Therapy Dogs each have an important role and give comfort people when they visit Stroke Units, Cancer Wards, Hospitals, Prisons Care Homes and Mainstream and Special Need Schools. The charity has set up an Paws and Read programme as a way to help children that struggle with reading or are nervous reading in front of everyone in the classroom.

If you would like more information on Therapy Dogs Nationwide please visit their website therapydogsnationwide.org 

Below are a few of my favourite photos of Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers, Hungarian Vizsla, Stunt Dogs and Therapy Dogs