Best of Crufts
Best In Show Daily provided readers with unequaled coverage of Crufts 2012. “The World’s Largest Dog Show” was presented as never before by some of the most experienced people in the dog game. Our expert team of writers, bloggers, photographers and web experts kept you informed throughout four days of competition, exhibition and celebration.
We provided a brief history of this British institution and brought you up-to-date on its arrival on the international show scene. You met this year’s Best in Show Judge Frank Kane, as well as the “high profile” breeds that were given greater scrutiny this year. When veterinary exams prevented certain breed winners from competing in the televised groups, we offered a place where fanciers could express their opinions. We reported on the grassroots response to the judging, and on the first meeting of the newly formed Canine Alliance.
Candid photo galleries allowed glimpses of the goings-on throughout each day, and spotlight pages featured all of the group placing dogs. The broadest social media platforms, including Twitter and Facebook, kept you connected – right through the crowning of this year’s winner, ‘Elizabeth.’
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Canine Alliance Holds First Meeting with Kennel Club
By Christi McDonald
On the afternoon of March 28, 2012, three members of the recently formed Canine Alliance met with two representatives of the Kennel Club in Great Britain to air their grievances regarding the breeds that were disqualified from Group competition at Crufts this year. Canine Alliance Secretary Robert Harlow, along with Michael Gadsby and Lisa Croft-Elliott, met with KC Secretary Caroline Kisko and Executive of Canine Activities Kathryn Symns at the KC offices in Clarges Street, London.
In a meeting that lasted approximately one and a half hours, the alliance representatives aired objections to what it has described as the “fundamental failings” of the Kennel Club’s launch of its program to require veterinary checks for 15 so-called high-profile breeds. more
Those of us who enjoy the avocation of owning, breeding and showing purebred dogs may never again hear a more pressing message than this: we must stand together and not allow internal battles to divide us, or we are destined to lose our war against animal rights extremists. If we stand united, we can fight anything; if we allow arguments to divide us from our kennel clubs and our peers in the sport of dogs, we will not be strong enough to stand against those who want to take away our right to breed and show dogs.
The words we must keep at the forefront of our minds were used by American revolutionary Patrick Henry, in a speech given in 1799: “United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” more