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Crufts 2009 - Day One

I was just too blooming tired to post anything yesterday, as we got back very late and I had batteries to charge and so on. We had a great day though. We bumped into Mic Martin, from Dog Borstal, who was there at Crufts raising money for Support Dogs. He gave us a great interview that covered not only what he was doing at Crufts, but the training classes he offers. He didn't swear once, and he was not half as frightening as he is on Dog Borstal. Which was a relief!

We got lots of breed profiles recorded down in Discover Dogs, where we met some great people and equally great dogs. The hardest decision of the day was which one I liked best. I have to say that the Whippets we met were wonderful, and a cheeky but gentle Hovawart were also extremely charming.

We have more friends to catch up with each year at Crufts, which is great but does take time! It's a tiring business covering such a huge show, and it's necessary to return to the press room at regular intervals for a caffeine fix. And maybe a sugary snack. And whatever footwear you choose, however comfortable they are at the start of the day, several hours, and several miles later you cannot wait to get them off.

I did wonder how different this year's Crufts would be, after all the controversy we've had. Actually Crufts is still very much Crufts. It was odd not to be able to watch the televised highlights when we got home, but that's about the only change I've noticed. There's plenty of film crews around, and the crowds seem about the same. Certainly the dogs were getting on with business as usual!

Take care,

Julie x


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