So Crufts is over for another year. Competition was as tough as ever, with the best in show going to a Standard Poodle called Ricky. Debates rage as to whether a tiny Pomeranian called Colin should have taken the title or a perhaps a Samoyed called Dan the Man.
We could argue all day which dog we think should have won but we are instead going to look at a local entry, and what Crufts is like for a normal competitor.
Judith Fawcett, from our friends at Penrillian, attended the event with her Border Terrier Puppy Joe. We asked her what kind of experience she had at the event. “Attending Crufts is definitely an experience – it’s a very long day, usually starting out in the middle of the night travelling down to the NEC and not finishing until at least 4pm which is when you’re allowed to leave.”
“There’s always an air of anticipation, of expectation and for most, disappointment. But I can say that, although my dog, Joe, didn’t get a prize, I really enjoyed my day and looking forward to next year (hopefully). Joe was as good as gold – he showed really well and just took it all in his stride.”
Future Crufts champion in the making? Watch this space…
Thanks to Judith for the photographs.