Posts By Leah Bertagnolli

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Four: Long Awaited, Greatly Anticipated

Day 4 at Crufts—long awaited, greatly anticipated. For 2012, tongues wagged as much as tails, not just with the veteran ring-watcher’s usual “Who’s Who” and who-is-winning-what predictions, but with a nagging sense of where the show would be headed, and what the effects of the previous day’s announcements had wrought. It would be deceptive not… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Three: Controversy Continues through Working and Pastoral Day

Photos By Karl Donvil While Day Three at the world’s largest dog show showcased the Pastoral (Herding) and Working breeds, the topic on everyone’s lips continued to be the Kennel Club’s High Profile Breed list, and the elimination of certain specimens from Group participation. Conjecture and rumor have run riot, and it has become increasingly… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day Two: Foreign-bred Dogs Top the Gundog Final

Day Two at Crufts 2012 belongs to the Gundogs. The British love for country life is reflected in the popularity of the various setter, retriever, spaniel and pointing breeds, and the sheer numbers involved ensure the sporting crowd has the day to themselves. For those with a less-than-specific interest in the dog show, this makes… read more

Dawne Deeley

Timeline: A Brief History of the World’s Largest Dog Show

1891- The first year the show bearing the name of Charles Cruft was held. The venue was the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, a borough of London. 1920 – First Crufts Best in Show award, given to the Greyhound, Primley Sceptre, owned by H. Whitley. 1932 – First female owner to win Best in Show:… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts 2012 Day One: Expect the Unexpected

As I mentioned in closing yesterday, first time visitors to Crufts should arrive with every intention of experiencing four days of the unexpected. While reaching Birmingham, England, by air is no more difficult than flying into any other trans-oceanic city (and truthfully, given the number of carriers crisscrossing the British Isles, is really a good… read more

Dawne Deeley

Crufts—The Conformation World’s Behemoth

Attend conformation shows frequently enough, read the glossy periodicals often enough, stay the course long enough, and sooner or later one is liable to begin investigating grass on the other side of the fence. Our chosen pastime, which we sometimes love to hate (yet are embarrassed to admit how much we love), can ensnare us… read more