My boy, Angus, was selected to appear on the back cover of the Tibetan Terrier Association of the UK's Year Book which hit the shelves at Crufts just a few weeks ago. Crufts is the world's largest dog show. No longer purely a dog show, Crufts celebrates every aspect of the role that dogs play in our lives.
It has changed in ways that couldn’t possibly have been imagined when the show was set up in Victorian times by the late Charles Cruft. Although it was a very different event in 1891 Charles Cruft was a great showman and would surely have enjoyed the size and scope of the event today, which is an essential date in any dog lover’s calendar.
The dog show is still an important part of the event, celebrating the unique relationship that dogs share with their owners. Judges are trained to ensure that only healthy dogs win prizes, which in turn encourages the breeding of healthy dogs. But the event is now about so much more besides.
Crufts is ultimately a celebration of all dogs. It celebrates working dogs, which are fit and healthy enough to perform the jobs for which they were originally bred, such as those in the Gamekeeper classes or which line up for the Police Dog Team Operational and Humanitarian Action of the Year award, and it hails hero dogs through the Friends for Life competition. Rescue dogs are celebrated in the rescue dog agility competition and the speed and agility of dogs is celebrated in the ever popular competitions of Flyball and Heelwork to Music.
For prospective dog owners and dog lovers, Crufts is a prime opportunity to talk to Kennel Club Accredited Breeders, rescue charities and breed experts about how to responsibly buy, train and enjoy life with your dog.
And of course, with hundreds of trade stands selling anything and everything for dogs and dog lovers, it is a shopping extravaganza!
Crufts is proud to welcome visitors from all over the world and have arranged a lounge especially for overseas visitors.
Anywho... Angus is credited in the Year Book as American Champion Deep Acres Cream of the Crop. I hear that my dear friend Ella, from the Isle of Skye, graced the back cover last year. I won't go on about how wonderful Angus is, how he has always been destined for stardom, etc, etc...
I mean, anyone who has a Facebook account knows how tremendously tedious that can be.