It doesn’t seem long since we were getting excited about last years news from the green carpet, but Crufts 2020 has already been and gone! We were absolutely glued to all the action that took place between the 5th and 8th of March, and the furry competitors certainly didn’t let us down. Here’s a round-up of our top moments from the prestigious dog show!
A worrying start
Ahead of this year’s show, not everything was plain sailing. 19,696 dogs registered to take part in Crufts 2020, compared to 20,395 in 2019, with some people blaming the decline on uncertainties surrounding taking animals abroad after Brexit. There were also worries that turnout from the public would be lower, citing worries over the recent coronavirus outbreak*, which had threatened to put an end to the 2020 show altogether. Despite this, however, the show did go on, with plenty of people watching, exhibiting and admiring the canine stars of the show!
Best in show
This year’s Best in Show awards went to a Wire Haired Dachshund named Ch Silvae Trademark, or Maisie for short, who beat off competition from six other dogs in the class. During her victory lap, however, Maisie did what any self-respecting and over-excited pooch would do, and toileted on the carpet. Not one to let this ruin the victory, Maisie’s owner, Kim McCalmont, promptly did the sensible thing and picked up her dog’s little present using a poo bag.
Kratu rides again
You may remember Kratu, a rescue dog from Romania. His first Crufts outing was in 2018, where he ambled around the agility course generally having a lovely time. In 2019, he made the news for encapsulating the mood of most of us during wintertime, by hiding in a tunnel. For Crufts 2020 it seems he had been hiding a new trick up his sleeve; after putting not a lot of effort into the agility course, he went so far as to remove one of the hurdles with his mouth, carrying it around the course like a stick!
Tigger, the friendly pup
Another rescue dog, named Tigger, also caused a bit of a stir on the agility course at Crufts 2020. In a tweet, Crufts posted “Tigger’s not interested in agility…Tigger just wants to make friends”, and that certainly seemed to be the case! Tigger had jumped just one hurdle before running off to the side to greet some new human friends. After a few more mishaps, which mostly involved trying to get close to more people around the edge of the enclosure, Tigger actually pulled out all the stops, managing to complete much of the course!
Friends for life
Possibly one of the bestest boys at the event, Leo, a Golden Retriever, was named winner of the Kennel Club Friends for Life competition. The award was set up to celebrate the dogs that really make a difference within the world, and Leo and his team of therapy dogs do just that. They visit the Southampton Children’s Hospital up to five times a week, offering animal assisted intervention to often critically ill children. So far they’ve provided much needed joy to more than 10,000 of the hospital’s patients!
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