Crufts is only just over a month away. In five weeks’ time we’ll be smack bang in the middle of it all. This year’s Crufts could of course be quite an unusual one. How much difference will the absence of the BBC make? Will other British and foreign media crews still be as much in evidence? Will the ticket sales be up or down, meaning that the halls themselves will be more or less crowded?
Whatever Crufts 2009 is like, it will be the celebration of all things doggy it usually is. In addition to the showing rings, the Discover Dogs section is a great way to find about breeds that interest you, there’s obedience, agility, heelwork-to-music, the Good Citizen ring and the Junior Handling ring, plus loads of shopping. Most of the major animal charities are represented, and many important dog related messages are promoted over the four days.
It will be odd coming home and not watching the day’s highlights on television, but for anyone that can’t make it in person, the Kennel Club has their own channel on YouTube. New videos will be added daily during the show.
The Kennel Club is going through a period of reform, and I hope for the future of dogs in the UK they get the legal power they need to enforce good breeding practice and put the others out of business. If you share that hope there’s a petition – from the Kennel Club itself – that you might like to sign.