Friday, 13 March 2015

Crufts! 2015

Many people have been criticizing this dog show of late. I actually think it promotes Responsible dog ownership and People going to reputable breeders or rescues rather than back yard breeders and pet stores fuelling puppy farms. I also think the Kennel Club Charitable trust do amazing work, they invest grants in there own schemes such as Bark and Read and give money to charities and organisations such as Manchester and Cheshire dogs home, Canine Partners and Animal Genetic Research UK. I saw lots of amazing charities at Crufts, including Battersea, Woodgreen, The blind dog trust and The Cinnamon trust all getting lots of coverage on the work they do and raising lots of funds. Also at Crufts; trainers such as Victoria Stilwell the British born dog trainer who now lives in the USA promoting positive dog training led talks and gave tips, at Crufts there was no place for nasty Pack Leader inspired methods like those given by a certain male dog trainer. 

Crufts Was AMAZING way better than I would have even expected. On Saturday we went to see the Heelwork to Music internationals, Flyball Semis, Agility International large finals, Flyball final and presentations, also looked at shops, the junior handling and met Victoria Stilwell and Claire Balding  The Agility was the best to watch but all was amazing. 

I met the amazing Victoria Stilwell, her books are incredible! give them a read!

This clever Great Dane did some fabulous training demonstrations! He used paw pads and balance boards to demonstrate his obedience.
On Sunday we saw lots of demonstrations - Goldie display team, West Midlands Police dogs, Gundog Display team, RAF and Canine partners. The RAF display was my favourite, they did a demo with a scramble wall which was super. The Cocker Spaniels in the Gundog group were adorable though and so talented! 
If you watched Ant and Dec's Saturday night takeaway you would have seen them hjacking the goldie display team!
I have now got Claire Baldings novels, this friendly lady was lovely, now to read my new books!
An amazing bond- The RAF teams presented the talents of the canine members

recognize these superstars from their tv-ads?
I met my favorite breed the Shetland Sheepdog at Discover dogs
I wanted to steal this one! She starred in an agility demo in the Activity ring
My personal preference in the Heelwork Internationals was for this Shirley Bassey piece

I would recommend a day trip to Crufts to any dog lover. Its not all grooming and prancing although the majority those dogs do live enriched lives out of the show ring too! If watching BOB is not your cup of tea their is still plenty to get up to at Crufts- Scruffts, Friends for Life, Flyball and The tunnel of temptation for example. Crufts offers a place to get advice for sports training, grooming or showing, or simply a chance to watch dog and owner bonds and fast paced fun! I do realise not everyone shares these views and I do respect everyone's opinions. However mine is that Crufts is an excellent celebration of all things dog! 

One final thing to consider when planning a visit in 2016... Shopping, its a few days since I got back and Marnie is feeling well and truly SPOILT!

My haul including Victoria Stilwell and Canine partners t-shirts, a Becorope and Anco root chew for Marnie and lots of free samples and goody bags

Thursday, 3 July 2014

The Lamppost Cafe- A cafe for dogs (and their owners)

Marnie and I had the pleasure of visiting Hebden Bridges charming dog cafe and store back in March. Although Hebden Bridge is full of vegetarian and veggie friendly establishments such as Watergate tea rooms and the Organic House Cafe, apart from the friendly pub; Stubbings Wharf I have not experienced any dog friendly food places in central Hebden Bridge. Thats where the Lamppost is different- it does not just tolerate dogs it is entirely themed to welcome dogs!. The ground floor features a shop selling liberty print collars and nina ottoson puzzles and a counter filled with baked goods for dogs and humans, upstairs there is lots of cosy seating, beds for the dogs and unlimited doggy bowls full of water. There were also lead hooks around. The owners have a friendly springer spaniel who roams the cafe- those visiting without their own pooch can still get a cuddle!

I ordered veggie salad of giant cous cous, pistachios and roasted veg.

Mum ordered the same thing. 

I ordered some deliciously rich and authentic spanish hot chocolate afterwards.

Marnies big moment soon came!

I chose her some dog banana bread with peanut butter frosting.

I think it won her seal of approval....

Also on the human menu were options of soup, or sweet or white baked potatoes with a topping - these also change daily, a selection of cakes and danish pastries and lots of different coffees and teas. Also on the dog menu were 2 flavours of pupcake along with the banana loaves, dog beer (we have had this from Betty and Butch in the past and she loved it) and dog ice cream. The food and the atmosphere get a 9/10 from me.

The amount of dogs visiting told me this place must be popular and I can see why! With more dog welcoming establishments like this around we could be one step closer to a dog friendly britain.  


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Marnie fact file


My dogs name- Marnie Drew Taylor
Nicknames- Marnie ,Mars, Terror, Princess

Breed- Show type Cocker Spaniel x Jack Russell Terrier
Age- 13mo
DOB- 1st March 2013

Favourite colour- Pink
Favourite foods- anchovies in garlic oil, cheese, carrot
Favourite dog chews- Paddywack, deer antler, anco roots
Favourite dog treat- Misfits, Lillys kitchen Bedtime biscuits
Favourite toy- Rope Frisbee, Her 'raggy' baby, Kong
Favourite activity- find a teabag, fetch, walkies and sock stealing

Owner- India Charlotte Taylor
other pets in the home- Bagpuss Taylor (cat)