Crufts Dog Show 2019
Crufts is held at the Birmngham Exhibition Centre each year in March, it is one of the biggest dog shows that visitors always look forward to and people travel from around the world to take part in the event with their dogs. Even though it is a popular event for a variety of displays including Agility, Heelwork To Music and Agility you also have the opportunity to meet dogs that play an important role in people's lives, it is what makes Crufts more special to me.
I first met Kratu a Carpathian/Mioritic at a event in London. Some of you might have heard of Kratu, in 2018 he took part in the Rescue Dog Agility at Crufts and came back for a second year in 2019. Since his video went viral he has captured the hearts of many people around the world. When you meet Tess and Kratu or watch their videos it shows that they have a special bond, I believe they were meant to find each other.
Kratu has made a huge impact on Tess's life, she says "I struggle with many things in life, I'm on the autistic spectrum. I’m recovering from bulimia. I often cannot cope with communication and new situations. I often have days where I cannot leave the house or talk to people. He is my reason to get up in the morning, he teaches me about unconditional love and shines a special light. He lights up the lives of those he meets. He is the most amazing blessing and gift in my life."
Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home
Since 2015 I have got to know some of the lovely rescue dogs from Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home through events such as Crufts. This year I fell in love with their beautiful Staffie Cross Pippin, she loves people and her affectionate character reminds me of another Staffie Muriel. One of the other Staffies I met was their older Staffie Duke who I learnt was food orientated and to get his attention for photos they used his favourite treats. Each year they take part in demonstrations in the Good Citizen Ring. Sam Sebbage of Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home said "He was fantastic at Crufts and we are all so proud of him considering he had very little training prior to the event" It was his first year at Crufts.
East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Team
I had the pleasure of meeting the East Anglian Staffordshire Bull Terrier Team, I was looking forwaard to meeting them as Staffies are one of the dog breeds that are close to my heart, I hope to raise their profile. The original team first attended Crufts in 2002 and 2003. The current team have been taking part in the Genting Arena every year since 2012. Lesley McFadyen says “We always get a very warm welcome from the kennel club and the Crufts organisers, they are always supportive of our team and philosophy.” They receive brilliant feedback from many people and have a huge amount of support on social media. Since attending events such as Crufts, Discover Dogs and other events throughout the year they have had the opportunity to show Staffies in a more positive light. Lesley says "We often have the general public contact us afterwards saying that they have learnt various things about the breed from our displays and sometimes changed their negative perception which can only be a good thing."
One of the other things I also enjoy about Crufts is photographing different dog breeds from Gundogs to Staffies and Working and Pastoral breeds.
Above two photos Tess and Kratu.
Below Duke and Pippin from Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home
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