Well the weather certainly seemed to have affected a lot of show last weekend with many cancelled or rescheduled and those that went ahead seeing, as expected a lot of absentees. Some braved it out into the cold and snow though and some good results were to be had. At Wath & West Melton DCS under Chris Attwood, Susan Higgs was BOB with Nick Higgs’ Touch Beauty Pride of the Motherland (Imp RUS) and then BPIB with Fairy Vom Apfelland and then Puppy Group 3 under John Geraghty. Her own X Factor Dom Risorto (Imp) was RBOB. At Oxfordshire CS under Mike Rowley, Sandra Tatnell’s Etno Spirit Right Choice Of Spiritcrest (Imp) went BOB, BPIB and the Puppy Group 1, whilst at Folkestone & Hythe CS under Joy Jolley Chris Piper was BOB with Anna Sky Kennel Fusion Hot Man Of Zanjero (Imp), with BPIB going to Jodie Waitling’s Scherzando Pride of Roxy and then under Jane Lilley Chris was Group 2 and Jodie Puppy Group 4. Finally at Ashton and Markfield CS under Robert Hitchcock, Tina Dixon’s Glorious Yasmine Heybett Avec Debrita (Imp SVK) was handled by daughter Dawn to BPIB, BOB, Puppy Group 2 and Toy Group 3. Big congratulations to you all and hats off for braving the cold!
So we are now in the run up for Crufts and lots of social media posts about what to wear, does my suit still fit and will it rain on the long walk in from the carparks. Love it or Hate it Crufts certainly does gain more hype and excitement than any other show in the world and that alone makes it special. Mark Burns will be judging us, being a replacement for Dominic Brown who the dog world sadly lost in 2016. Our entry is 179 making 200 and we have an early start of 8.30 am in Ring 25 – so don’t forget to allow plenty of time to get in and settled. As always there will be a large overseas contingent in our breed and it’s a great time to meet Facebook friends in person and see in the flesh dogs you may have admired from afar. Its also a great place to learn if you are considering importing a puppy in the future as not only allows you to see dogs close up and in person, but also to gain useful insights from others on dogs native to their country and question things like size and temperament etc. Our breed will also be represented on other days at Crufts with Thursday seeing Dawn Dixon handle her mums Ch Debrita Don’t Stop Me Now JW in the Champion Stakes Finals and my own and Sanna Wrisnig’s Twice As Nice Seven Monkey Fury JW being in the Junior Warrant finals. Friday sees Elsie Moyes and Gail Hunter take the Bryelis team into the Breeders Competition and Sunday Marion Proctor is taking up the Good Citizen Bronze challenge with Tramarllan Polar Icicle. Don’t forget to visit the Discover dog stands which has had a major overhaul this year courtesy of Marion Proctor and Tracey McGowan, and Jacqui Jones has been busy creating all sort of delights for the Chinese Crested Dog Clubs ringside stand on Saturday so make sure you go visit her for some Crested goodies. The clubs yearbook 2017 is also available and is free for all 2017 members or £10 for non members. I have set up a Facebook group entitled Crufts 2018 Chinese Cresteds where anyone taking photos or video can share their posts so everyone can see them – feel free to add members, post a ‘Hi you’re coming’ so everyone knows what you look like, or share any media from the day!
I wish you all a very successful and enjoyable day and hope you enjoy every minute and get some great shopping done too!
Donna Crow – firstname.lastname@example.org