I’m doing a merry jig because I am so excited! We’ve been invited to Crufts!
Yes, yes, yes – I am going! Mummy and I are going as observers and bloggers – I told Mummy, it’s my blog! There’s no way she leaving me out of this. So she saw to it I was going along.
And on top of all that we’ve been given TEN one day passes to give away. So if you’re interested in getting a pair of tickets, send us your name and address in the Contact page. And if you came to this page from any of the forums or Facebook pages, please indicate which one.
We will make the draw on 9th February and will let you know if you have been a lucky winner.
And if you are not one of the lucky 10, here’s the link to buy tickets – http://www.crufts.org.uk/
And would love to see you there.
May’s comment: We’re excited to be going. I’ve never heard of Crufts before I got Darcy. And this is the first year I thought of attending.
In doing some research, I found a few interesting things about Crufts.
It was named after its founder, Charles Cruft. Charles was then a general manager of a dog biscuit manufacturer. In 1886, Cruft had his first dog show called the “First Great Terrier Show”. It had 57 classes and 600 entries.
It then became “Cruft’s Greatest Dog Show”. In 1891, it was held at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington. All breeds were invited to compete, with around 2,000 dogs and almost 2,500 entries.
Bt the end of the 19th century, entries had risen to over 3,000!
The annual show continued to gain popularity each year until Charles’ death in 1938. His widow who ran the show after his death sold it to The Kennel Club to ensure it’s continuation and reputation.
The 1948 the show was held at Olympia in London.
To keep up with it’s growing capacity, in 1979, the show had to be moved to Earls Court exhibition centre. Soon, the show duration had to be increased to three days in 1982. In 1987 it was increased to four days.
In 1991, it was the centenary celebration of Crufts. For the first time the show moved out of London since it’s inception. It was also officially recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest dog show.
I cannot even begin to imagine what the scale of the show! It is estimated that an average 28,000 dogs take part in Crufts each year, with an estimated 160,000 human visitors attending the show.
So we could be very lost!