|Gunning for Crufts – Down and Back on Day Two
The Gundogs had a field day in the main arena of the NEC in Birmingham, England, where another dog was selected to advance towards Sunday night’s climactic Crufts finish. Best In Show Daily viewers will meet the Irish Water Spaniel, Eng. Am. Ch. Whistlestop’s Elements of Magic CD RN, selected by Mr. John Thirlwell to represent the hunting breeds that have long been a part of country life. Stay tuned to find out if 2012 will be another Year of the Gundog.
In today’s Down and Back, Social Media Maven Pilar Kuhn acknowledges the exhaustion that comes with showing dogs, especially on the marathon circuits. Her suggestions for making it to the finish line will be welcome relief to exhibitors on both sides of the Atlantic.
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Crufts 2012 Day Two: Foreign-bred Dogs Top the Gundog Final
By Dawne Deeley
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 it easier to catch everything else you might want to see; judging over a hundred dogs can take the better part of an entire day, which means one can take a stroll through the labyrinthine shopping aisles, and still get back to their breed of choice before that final rosette is handed out.
And what enticements there are! Material bribes lurk everywhere, with roughly 100 trade stands in each of the five exhibition halls making it easy to find that perfect gift, or long-sought trinket. more
Sleep—It Does a Body Good
By Pilar Kuhn
If you read Kayla Bertagnolli’s recent DFR about what it takes to be a good professional handler’s assistant, the schedule she outlined may have had you exhausted by the end of the article. Dog shows are exhausting—fun, rewarding and exhausting!
Whether you’re showing one dog or a whole string, it takes a lot of energy to do all that grooming, exhibiting and traveling.
The most recent shows in Scottsdale, Arizona, had many people and dogs dog-tired by the end. Most exhibitors viewed the cluster as a five-day show, with specialty shows the day before the four all-breeds. The mornings arrived early and the evenings were short as the days just rolled into one another. more