|Crufts Goes the Distance for All Dogs
Crufts, the “world’s largest dog show,” begins tomorrow in Birmingham, England, and today Best In Show Daily takes a closer look at this beloved British institution. As Senior Editor Christi McDonald reports, the show’s organizers and the Kennel Club in the U.K. have long done an admirable job of welcoming not only the serious purebred kennel owner, but countless pet-loving households as well. Find out why the Kennel Club has made changes in its practices and implemented new programs in an effort to staunch the tide of criticism aimed at purebred dogs.
In The Down and Back, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn reports from Scottsdale, Arizona, where she asks the question, “How far are you willing to travel to a dog show?” Judging by a few of the dogs entered at this five-day cluster, the answer depends on whom you ask.
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Crufts: Changed For the Better?
By Christi McDonald
As you’ve read here at Best in Show Daily over the past week, in our stories about the great Crufts event, the “world’s largest dog show” has been beloved by British dog fanciers and by the average man and woman on the street in the U.K. for decades. The Crufts organizers and the Kennel Club in the U.K. have long done an admirable job of welcoming not only the serious purebred kennel owner to its audience, but also households who have one show dog or even one pet dog.
Indeed the show has been so popular among the citizenry that the British Broadcasting Corporation, better known as the BBC, for many years aired not only the four nights of the dog show, but leading up to Crufts each year included a preview program the weekend before the festivities began. more
Going the Distance
By Pilar Kuhn
How far are you willing to travel to a dog show?
With entries typically closing two-and-a-half weeks before the show date, there’s usually plenty of time to plan ahead. Since most of us determine our show schedules based on judging panels and show locations, it merits the question: Are you willing to travel outside your local area if the judges look promising?
Most of us would probably answer this question with a resounding, “Yes!”
This past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona, a few handlers that we don’t normally see out west came to compete with their dogs. Phil Booth and ‘Oakley’, German Wirehaired Pointer GCh. Mt View’s Ripsnorter Silver Charm, made the trip from Michigan worth their while by starting off the Fiesta Cluster with a Best in Show, followed up with multiple Group wins. more