I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had the time to dictate my thoughts to my secretary to type up…
The big news is all about Crufts 2015, obviously. I know it doesn’t float everyone’s boat. Not everyone thinks “show” dogs are treated well, or that any animal should be put into competition. You all read about what happened to poor Jagger. I want to offer a different view on what Crufts offers – because I’m not a show dog, but I was still there.
When humans decide they’d like to be adopted by a dog, they sometimes don’t have a particular breed in mind – or they want to learn more about us and what we are like etc. Humans need to be fully prepared for our needs and demands. The best way to learn is to meet us all to find out whether you’d like to be owned by one of us. Which dog’s lifestyle best suits yours. Crufts is a great venue to learn more because it has a whole area dedicated to each breed, not as show dogs, but just generally home-bodies such as myself. It’s called “Discover Dogs“. My great WT friends Max and Lucie own a human called Chris who is part of our WT Club – he organises our appearances at lots of events around the country. Last summer I featured at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace with them. This time he organised our appearance at the Welsh Terrier stand at Crufts Discover Dogs.
I appeared on the Sunday with Max and Lucie and a new friend whose name I have temporarily forgotten, but he had a great beard. We let lots of kids and adults pet us and have cuddles – our humans offered advice and information about Welsh Terriers and we handed out stickers too.
The Welsh Terrier stand was always busy with guests, very brightly decorated and had posters with excellent information about us with lots of photographs of our extended WT families. The best news? WE WON A PRIZE! Mummy and Daddy took me out for a quick wee and when we came back, there was a photographer and nice lady who had awarded our display as the best Terrier (overall) display at Discover Dogs. This is a great accolade for all the hard work everyone put in. We got a big bag of treats etc too.
I had a chance to have a quick stroll around, we went to find the Honey’s Dog Food stand to say hello (they supply my food, day to day) and they were lovely enough to offer me a free bag of liver treats which are DELICIOUS. We also went to see my favourite charity, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, who had Pat from Eastenders helping out. That was very exciting. They have an Open Day on 11 April, which you should all attend.