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Hello everyone - is that time of year again - Crufts starts on Thursday and this year will be there on Sunday (they rotate the groups to be on different days, so this year it's the turn of gundogs to be on the final day - I like being on the final day but the weekends are so busy with general visitors, it's really crowded around the shopping stands!)

 

Is anyone else going?

 

There's some coverage on Channel 4 but don't expect to see much of the actual showing (except for the group judging) - it'll all be other "more exciting" events and strange interviews - but better than nothing 😉

 

Having done so well last year I'm not expecting much this time but I always enjoy it - there's something about being on that green carpet and having lovely big rings to show in.

 

Here's a photo of Jiffy at a recent show - can't believe he's already nearly 2 and a half and Tartu's nearly 6 - was funny reading back through this thread - I first posted before we'd even got Tartu!

 

 

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They're Welsh Springer Spaniels. Unlikely to make it into the TV coverage but look out for the one in the Gundog Group because we'll probably know them and will be rooting for them in the group (it's a very small world - a bit like ballet!!)

 

The flatcoated retriever who won the group and won Reserve Best in Show 3 years ago is a half brother to my flatty in my avatar photo (they have the same handsome dad). It was so exciting watching them in the BIS ring.

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I love the "before" and "after" piccies of your lovely dogs Julie and I love any kind of springer spaniel especially!! They are such fun dogs.

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Thought you might like this.... (Apologies for all the barking - hubby was holding Tartu back as he keeps trying to bite Gimble's shoulders when they play in water)

 

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Good luck at Crufts Julie. Lovely looking dogs. I like the flat coat too v handsome. It was my ambition to qualify a dog for Crufts but never managed it!

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Your retriever looks as if he is having a whale of a time inspite of the freezing water. Perhaps the breed coming out there!!

 

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20 hours ago, LinMM said:

Your retriever looks as if he is having a whale of a time inspite of the freezing water. Perhaps the breed coming out there!!

 

He loves it when it's icy - loves to smash his way through it. Nothing stops him from getting wet (we have to be careful where we walk then because of that when it's icy).

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My favourite Crufts dog this year was the runner up in the final ...the pointer ..thought was a really beautiful dog and had a lovely face! 

At another point in the competition there was a rather lovely parsons Jack Russell....Id love some kind of JR to win ....have they ever won at Crufts? I had a feeling it's taken them years to recognise the breed for some reason. 

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I also loved the pointer!  But the winner was lovely too.  And we even had a "pitch invasion" at the Crufts final....whatever next?!

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Yes what on earth was all that about? 

The collie and whippet were my next choices!! But saw some lovely dogs whose breeds had never heard of before disappear earlier on! 

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I forgot to watch until it was all too late :(

 

Actually, I did watch the "Extra" programme midweek - for about 10-15 minutes, until my tolerance threshold for Alan Carr was exceeded and I decided there was going to be no "serious" stuff worth bothering to hang on for.

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I discovered yesterday when I tried to follow Anna’s link on Twitter that Crufts has blocked me. This might be because last year I said that their breed standards were crippling some breeds such as Boxers and Cavalier King Charles spaniels. Good. If they can’t handle the truth, they are a waste of time.

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Didn't someone make a statement that the judges shouldn't target bulldog type breeds this year including the French variety.

Not sure if it was a representative from Crufts though or just one of the dog breeders.

Silly of them to block you bit of an over reaction I think......perhaps they think you are a PETA activist!! 

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It’s ironic if they do think that because I think PETA are way over the top.

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Lovely line up of group winners. I picked the BIS and Reserve, so pleased I have still got the eye for a good dog. Very happy to see my old breed, the smooth collie get group 3 in a very large and strong Pastoral Group. They are an endangered breed but are very intelligent and lovely dogs to own.

 

 

 

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Hello all. We had a lovely day yesterday. No place for Jiffy in a large class but a 3rd for Tartu (in a slightly smaller one).

 

I don't mind saying I really don't like whippets, but that one caught my eye in the BIS ring. We were rooting for the flatcoat of course in the Gundog group - he's Gimble's half brother. Happy he got Group 3 but as he won Reserve BIS 3 years ago it would been amazing to see him win again!

 

PETA are an awful organisation who need to lose their charitable status imho. I hope the winners still managed to enjoy their wins.

 

And don't get me started on Alan Carr - I couldn't bring myself to watch any of his bits after last year, and reading friends comments. I'm all for making it more entertaining to the masses, but really....!

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That Flattie is such a beautiful dog. ❤️ I was surprised the Scottie didn't place in BIS because he performed beautifully.  Nice little Whippet but not my favourite although the Judge is a Whippet breeder so obviously liked what she saw.  I loved the Pointer; what a lovely temperament she had.   That "pitch invasion" was outrageous; scary for the dogs and their handlers, scary for the audience in times where we seem to always be on high alert, ill-thought out and for PETA to take responsibility and publicly support the protestors is disgraceful.

 

As ever I was disappointed that the Border Collie didn't win because (with apologies to my Mini Schnauzer) they truly are such wonderful, clever and keen to please dogs.  I don't know why one has never won BIS.  

 

Clare Balding is such a warm and natural presenter and I'd be happy just to watch her do the interviews and links followed by actual proper coverage of the groups, agility, flyball and obedience as they never seem to show any of the latter on the main show.  :(

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Well I too had a soft spot for the collie as I wasn't sure if have ever won the final and to be so close. I love collies as my Aunty and my next door neighbour have one they seem such intelligent dogs I'm sure they know what you are thinking! 

I agree the flat coat retriever was a beautiful dog too.

Although not a big fan of scotties have to admit they do look cute in the arena little legs going so purposefully ten to the dozen!! 

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Oh, there was a beautiful scotty which won it years ago :(

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On 12/03/2018 at 13:59, LinMM said:

Didn't someone make a statement that the judges shouldn't target bulldog type breeds this year including the French variety.

 

 

On that note, I see there's a programme on BBC1, 9 pm, tonight called "Saving the British Bulldog".

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As my FB friends who are also Forum members know my Chipdog had to have a wart removed from his side on Tuesday after it started changing suddenly and quite rapidly.  He had had the wart since I got him nearly 4 years ago from the dogs' home and I have always kept an eye on it.

 

Although Tuesday could best be described as stressful, Chip came through his op with flying colours.  His stitches are coming out on Friday but until then he's got to wear his doughnut collar and is very restricted in allowed exercise.

 

Here's a picture of him looking doleful in his doughnut collar.

 

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40 minutes ago, Jan McNulty said:

As my FB friends who are also Forum members know my Chipdog had to have a wart removed from his side on Tuesday after it started changing suddenly and quite rapidly.  He had had the wart since I got him nearly 4 years ago from the dogs' home and I have always kept an eye on it.

 

Although Tuesday could best be described as stressful, Chip came through his op with flying colours.  His stitches are coming out on Friday but until then he's got to wear his doughnut collar and is very restricted in allowed exercise.

 

Here's a picture of him looking doleful in his doughnut collar.

 

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Poor chap, speedy recovery Chipdog. Too hot for walks, good excuse to rest in cool room. 

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2 hours ago, Jane said:

Poor chap, speedy recovery Chipdog. Too hot for walks, good excuse to rest in cool room. 

 

It's really cooled down here (Liverpool) having been very hot yesterday.  We went for an on-lead walk and now he's snoozing in the porch.  As one of my friends said to me yesterday - he's got me well and truly wrapped round one of his paws!

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