Crufts is the melting pot of the dog world where ‘every dog has its day’, and for Elsa that day was today!
We spent most of our time at the event supporting ORIJEN; meeting visitors, chatting about dogs, food, grooming, travel and speculating over which dog would win the coveted best in show title. Elsa was a great sport, eager to lick anyone who came within reach and patiently posing for photographs in the fantastic photo booth in exchange for some well earned ORIJEN Freeze Dried Treats.
We saw lots of familiar faces throughout the day including Sam the Schnauzer Assistance Dog - Elsa took quite a shine to this handsome fellow!
While Elsa was resting, I took the opportunity to have a walk around the rest of the event halls. My first stop was the Lhasa Apso show ring where I was able to see some of them being judged.
It’s amazing to see them in the full glory of their show coats!
I also wanted to find out if I could trace any of Elsa’s relatives… as luck would have it I met someone who bred from the ‘SELAW’ line and managed to find at least one of Elsa's distant relatives!
On my way back to the ORIJEN stand I couldn’t resist stocking up on some essentials and picking up a few new bits and pieces for Elsa and I’m very pleased with this year’s ‘Crufts Haul’ which includes some new accessories from Ditsy Pet, Union Jack patterned blankets from The Bedding Store, chews and a dog life jacket from PJ Pet Products.
Another highlight of my day was bumping into two time Crufts winner Jason Lynn! (Ok so when I say ‘bump into’, what I actually mean is that I chased after him, but this was too good of an opportunity to miss!) Jason very graciously stopped and allowed me to take a photograph - thanks again!
We also visited the Colin Taylor stand where one of their own brand ambassadors, Costin Stoica, an experienced professional groomer, gave us some tips on maintaining great coat condition.
Next stop was the Canine Cottages stand to pick up some travel inspiration before stopping by Pets as Therapy, Guide Dogs and Blue Cross to show our support for these fantastic charities. The Blue Cross memory tree was particularly touching because it was absolutely filled with messages of love for all the dogs that people had lost. This is a topic that was touched on, along with the emotional support that dogs give people, throughout this series of Crufts on television.
One of the biggest surprises that I had was to find out that there are so many people who visit Crufts who don’t even have a dog of their own! They were there with friends and family to enjoy the spirit of this event, and to see all the wonderful dogs of every shape and size that bring everyone together.
Elsa and I had an ‘apso’lutely fabulous day.
We are so grateful to the team at ORIJEN for their hospitality and for giving us this unforgettable opportunity to support them at Crufts!
We’d also like to wish everyone who entered the competition to win £150 worth of Stay in a Pub tokens the best of luck.