Well, I’m not a fan of Crufts as I’m not a fan of selective breeding for looks. Having said that, the only thing that can change it is our awareness and I do think the Kennel Club are trying a bit harder to stress the importance of health. In my ideal world all dogs would be bought from a proper breeder, one who loves their dogs and is responsible, knowledgeable and caring about their future. No more shelters, no more puppy farms…just happy, healthy dogs of all shapes and sizes going from their first loving home to another.
I go to Crufts to represent the charity. Maybe because of this I only meet really genuine, wonderful dog-lovers. And it feels good to know there are so many lovely people in the world.
To keep it absolutely personal: we’re making progress with Brian, he could even pass for a perfect dog on his own. From a distance. I keep reminding myself how fearful of people he was and celebrate the fact he can be near strangers and stay calm. Because of his profound fear of children he needs to be obedient-his recall is really good, but before I get too big-headed about it, I’ll practise it about million times more.
I have to admit that I prefer walking Lily. Just me and her. She’s a proper urban dog, loves exploring new places, walking around the town as if it belonged to her only. She’s nosy and brave-almost the antithesis of herself when she came here. I can’t stop smiling when we walk together in the early hours, scaring the cats and simply being happy.