Sunday, 8 February 2015

The World's Largest Dog Show: Crufts 2015

Crufts has long been considered the biggest dog show in the world, and we are excited to say, myself and Hooman will be going!  Not as a show dog (I am not perfect enough, or clever enough), but I will be taking Hooman with me on a press pass to see what it is all about, and to take some lovely photos for you all!   I am particularly excited as we have access to the press office, and a little birdie has told me that there are biscuits there.....

We can't wait, there is going to be so much to see.  We all know that Crufts is where the most beautiful canines compete for that elusive Best In Show, but did you know just how much other stuff goes on?  Here's what you can expect to see at Crufts this year, which is being held at the Birmingham NEC, 5-8th March:

  • First up of course, the show dogs - split into the seven groups, Gundogs, Pastoral, Working, Terriers, Toy, Utility and Hound, all vying for that big silver Best in Show trophy
  • Agility - some seriously nippy and athletic canines!
  • Flyball - for the speediest of doggies
  • Heelwork to music - for the more musical hound
  • Various displays from the police, gundog displays, the RAF, activities and retrieving 
  • Scruffts competition - to find the UK's most fabulous cross breed!
  • PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog of the year award
  • Various Young Kennel Club and International Junior Handling events
  • Discover Dogs in Hall 3 - meet over 200 breeds of dogs and speak to experienced owners and breeders about the requirements for the breeds you are perhaps interested in owning one day
  • The announcement of the winner of the Friends For Life competition, as voted for by the public (we will follow up with a post on this when the finalists are announced). Probably our most  favourite competition, as the stories of canines helping humans emotionally, mentally and physically through the greatest of difficulties are just wonderful.
  • ....and of course...... LOTS OF SHOPPING!!!  Over the last year we have got to know various retailers, and are hoping to perhaps meet some of them in person!  Plus I'm hoping to get given lots of biscuits.....

We have an upcoming post in the next few days with some interesting facts that perhaps you didn't know about Crufts, plus over on our Facebook page, we are doing a daily Countdown to Crufts fact of the day, to celebrate the diversity and awesomeness of dogs, so make sure you pop over to say hello!  

Finally, Crufts have been super amazing and given us two pairs of tickets as a giveaway prize!  They are valid for one  day of your choice, although if you choose the Sunday, you will need to purchase an extra  ticket for the Best in Show event in the main arena.   We will run the giveaway until 21:00 next Sunday (16th February) to give us time to get the tickets sent to the lucky winners.  In the meantime, you can also purchase tickets for Crufts by clicking on the pic below!

And below is where you can enter our giveaway to win one of two pairs of day tickets, as stated above for a day of your choice, but please note, they do not give you access to the Best In Show event in the main arena, on Sunday 8th March 2015.  UK entries only please.