The UK is a country full of dog fanatics. We love sharing life’s special adventures with the family pooch; whether it be hiking up hills with a Himalayan Sheepdog or barrelling along the beach with a Boxer. The Crufts dog show, held annually at the NEC in Birmingham, taps into this passion and is a celebration of all things canine. With a central conformation show, masses of stalls displaying the latest trends in dog-related goods and services and a plethora of competitions like flyball and obedience, it is easy to see why Crufts is billed as the world’s largest dog show. With over 125 years’ worth of doggy-based history, we just had to send a team down to report back on all of the latest gossip!
At The Insurance Emporium, we are proud to be able to work with some of the best animal-related charities around. At Crufts 2017, it was absolutely inspiring to see some of these incredible charities at work. The stands for Canine Partners, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Medical Detection Dogs were thronged with people wanting to find out more and meet the fantastic dogs. We particularly loved seeing the Dogs For Good demonstration, which displayed how much help their dogs can be to disabled people during their everyday lives; helping to answer the door or the telephone and even pitching in with the laundry!
Miami brings the heat!
The prestigious Best In Show title was this year claimed by a two-year-old American cocker spaniel going by the name of Afterglow Miami Ink. However, the award of the title didn’t come without controversy, with many viewers complaining that such a well-groomed and pristine-looking animal should prevail in a working dog category. However, we’re sure those comments meant little to Miami and owner Jason Lynn, as they were handed the award by judge Jeff Horswell. Mr Lynn was delighted with the trophy saying “He’s (Miami) pretty special and honestly I’m speechless. I’m absolutely shocked and thrilled.”
Emporium the home of prize-winning pups
We’re proud to be able to say that many of our team members here at the Emporium are just as passionate about pets as our customers. There was no better example of this than when Leanne, a member of our Claims team, took second place in the Kooikerhondje Puppy Dog category with her ten-month-old Enzo. Despite his relative inexperience, Enzo impressed the judges as Leanne told us. “As it was Enzo’s first time in the Crufts show ring he was a little shy of the judge and was not happy with being touched. However, he stood and walked like a little star and ended with second place!” This wasn’t the end of Leanne’s success either as her four-year-old Kooijkerhondje Camlo placed 4th in Postgraduate and 5th in Open dog. There’s no doubt Leanne and her dogs will be returning next year. “All in all we enjoyed our time at Crufts, all I can say is bring on Crufts 2018!”
Flyball the sport of the future?
There was so much to see and do at this year’s edition of Crufts but definitely one of our favourite events was the flyball tournament. A dog sport in which teams of dogs race against one another over an obstacle course of hurdles. Once the dog has completed its sprint, it presses a pad which releases a tennis ball. The dog catches the tennis ball and returns it to their owner, at which point the next dog in the relay can set off. We had the pleasure of watching the quarter final leg between Watsons On Fire and the Warrington Wizards and were impressed with the energy, excitement and pure passion on display!
Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme
One of the main events we noticed on Thursday was The Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, the scheme put on a range of interesting displays in both the smaller rings and the larger main event ring. The beauty of the Good Citizen Dog Training Scheme is its all-around inclusivity. The scheme is open to all dogs, of all ages, both pedigree and crossbreed and they don’t need to be registered with the Kennel Club. The UK’s largest dog training programme, the scheme provides an excellent standard of obedience exercises delivered by over 1,800 clubs and organisations across the country.
If you love dogs as much as we do, you may want to look at insurance that could protect your pooch in the event of the unexpected. At The Insurance Emporium, we offer five policy types and three levels of cover to help you to find the right type of insurance for you. With 20% Introductory Discount and an additional 10% Multi-pet Discount, visit the Emporium today to find out more!
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