Crufts and sausages March 29, 2018 17:30

This a huge, hot and hairy mass celebration of dogs and people, once witnessed, never forgotten. I would urge you to watch the film “Best in Show” released in 2001. I swear to goodness, there are bits you will laugh and scoff at, but which are TRUE as witnessed in the NEC Birmingham this very month. One character says to his dog “Don’t look at the fat ass losers and freaks, look at me!” Pretty much saw that in action.

 It is important to note that although you are left in no doubt at all who sponsors the event, it is actually fuelled by common or garden sausages. One exhibitor confided she had been through seventy sausages and it wasn’t even mid-day. SEVENTY? Even if she had eaten some herself and shared the rest between three dogs, SEVENTY?  

                                                Sausages Cairn Terrier Collectibles

Petty politics come into play big style. Overheard, “That dog won’t win, the judge hates the kennels it comes from.” Sad but true. Having said that, also overheard “Lucy swallowed a stone, cost me two thousand pounds for the operation. Could at least have been a ruby not a bit of gravel for that price!” and “Giles! Here again?? LOVING the cravat!”

 There is some nonsense here, but it is off set for me by the really good folks, those promoting assistance dogs, supporting police dogs and good health with sensible breeding. I particularly loved the lady with the Sealyham Terrier in the Discover Dogs section. “He’s not washed or brushed or clipped, he is our family pet and I just want to spread the word about how great they are.”

                                                         Dog mix Crufts Cairn Terrier Collectibles

It’s been going for a hundred and twenty five years, forty -three different breeds have scooped the prestigious Best in Show trophy since the beginning, and in 2015 a massive forty- six countries were represented. The most people to attend reached a staggering one hundred and sixty thousand in 2008. I could have sworn there was that many in front on us when we visited this year!

 Yes there is politics, pride, vanity and more brushes, combs and diamante show leads that you can shake a stick at (Oh God, don’t shake a stick in the ring, MAYHEM!) but it is countered, and always should be by common sense, fun and LOVE, so much dog love. Also, sausages.