Crufts 2015: All About Our Pawsome Day.

JUST A LITTLE NOTE: Many of you by now will already know of the sadness and cloak of darkness surrounding Crufts this year. There are some important points that need to be, and that I want, to address. However, when my friend Susie and I attended we were blissfully unaware of the circumstances that were to come. It’s difficult, since I am writing retrospectively, to not think of all this when documenting our day but I feel it only fair to separate these topics. I do not think that the disgustingly deplorable actions of a few vile ‘humans’ should be allowed to completely overshadow the astonishingly good and amazing examples of the bond between dog and human, that most of us visit Crufts to enjoy.

Now on with the fun…

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FRIDAY 6 MARCH | 2015
Hurray! The day finally arrived. It felt like it never would. We chose to attend Crufts on Friday this year, as I’m sure I have mentioned before there are so many ways to pick which day is best for you. Friday (and they do swap them around every year, just so you know) was ‘Working and Pastoral’ day, which meant that they were the dog ‘groups’ being judged that day, for entry into Best in Show on the Sunday. So why didn’t you go on ‘Terrier and Hound’ day or ‘Toy and Utility’ day? I hear you ask… well, because generally, for me, the actual ‘showing’ parts of Crufts are the bits I find least interesting. Oh, I love to see all of the different breeds and hear about who wins their ‘group’ or ‘Best in Show’ of course, but actually sitting and watching it happen? Nah, are you kidding me? There’s so many more exciting things to see and do… So I do those instead.
There was also a slight hope that going on a ‘school day’ would maybe, hopefully, mean fewer people too…

Around and about a

…just so you know, that’s a tiny strip of one of the FIVE halls, heading towards closing time 😉

Not to worry, for a more professional look at what it actually look like out there, why not let Reamus show you:

SO WHAT DID WE DO?
Well, since the Birmingham NEC is a good three hour journey away by car, you might have thought that we pinned our itinerary down to minute detail on the way? Erm. We had a look at the agenda and decided the parts we definitely, absolutely, couldn’t miss, and pretty much agreed to play it by ear.
For Susie, the most important thing was to lay her hands on some fur and cuteness. Not a problem, heading on over to the ‘Discover Dogs’ area in Hall 3 it was then. And for me, I particularly wanted to see some doggies dancing, so the activities in the ‘Arena’ were also a must. So, that’s where we headed first, since getting a good seat is important and ‘Heelwork to Music’ (dancing doggies!!!) started quite early.

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I appreciate that the concept of Heelwork to Music, and in fact just seeing a random image of it in practice, seems pretty bonkers. Describing it to people, doesn’t make you sound any more sane either, to be honest. BUT this activity is fun with bells on! You just get sucked right in, or at least I do. The dogs LOVE it, you can see it in their little faces and with every wag of their tail… as well as the odd little bark (that they take marks off in scoring for… I still haven’t found out why, but I will).
*Sigh* Here’s a little link to exactly what we watched in the arena that day… if you can hear sobs of joy coming from the audience, it’s probably me…

Ok so… when the competition had ended (and I’d composed myself as the last one was particularly sad) there was a handy break. It was handy because otherwise you’ll just stay there all day. So we made ourselves move.

DISCOVER DOGS
Crufts is a dog-shoppers dream! But to be fair, although we like to have a little browse and hopefully pick a few bits up, it’s the least important thing for either of us. I mean, we’d be in serious trouble if we didn’t go back with ANYTHING but we tend to scour the halls on our way to do other bits and pieces. This works out fairly well, since The Arena is in Hall One and Discover Dogs is right at the back of Hall Three… You’ve covered half of it right there.

I’m sure I’ve explained before what exactly Discover Dogs is, but in case you’ve forgotten, it’s basically ALL the dog breeds, in group and alphabetical order with their owners/breeders. You can go up, have a stroke and a cuddle if you’re lucky, and find out all about the breed. Some stands even have print outs with information, which is so handy if you are actually researching. For Susie and I though, it’s basically all about the cuddles.

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Don’t be alarmed, those pens/crates are actually a lot bigger than they look. It’s not very easy to get a lot of great photographs and it’s ALWAYS very busy, but this is the best place to get your hands on some puppies at Crufts!

AROUND AND ABOUT
There are always plenty of dogs around and about here though, you often see people walking one by, and as dog owners they sense your eagerness and will usually stop and let you meet and greet. After we had our fill of paw shakes and cuddles we (read: the dogs went home) we moved on again, throughout the halls and stalls and stands. By this point, I think we were both really tired and when we turned a corner I thought I was hallucinating. Everywhere I looked there was a Labrador or a Retriever, I decided to follow the trail just in case and this is what I spotted…

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This photograph does not do the situation any justice, I swear, beautiful yellow coats were all over the place. It turns out these dogs aren’t just pretty faces though, they are life savers! Heroes. Official name being; ‘Medical Detection Dogs’ and their charity was receiving an award so they all decided to grace the photo-op, isn’t that lovely?

We didn’t get much further along before I thought my mind was playing tricks on me, again.

MDH 1aI thought Myfie and Ellie had donned their disguises and followed us to Birmingham!
These two cuties, actually are from Manchester and Cheshire Dogs Home, though. After the tragic events in 2014 which I am sure you all remember so well MCDH were invited along to represent at Crufts. They decided it would be a great idea, so they could thank personally so many of us who donated. The gentleman I spoke to was lovely, and the emotion in his voice as he spoke revealed just how much, each and every bit of help had meant to them all. It was so lovely to see these beautiful, happy pups, having so much fun.

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Well, and much-needed rest 😉

MDH 3aWhich is exactly what we needed too, more specifically our feet needed a rest!

AGILITY
We headed back to the Arena to watch some talented pooches using up their energy in a much more productive way then we could manage. I love watching the sporting events, agility and flyball both get your adrenaline pumping, and again, the dogs just seem to be having SO much fun! Unlike with the very serious :p Heelwork to Music competition, these pups get NO points deducted for shouting their heads off along the way… and so they do! And it’s great.

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SCRUFFTS 2015
Scruffts, sponsored by James Wellbeloved, is the nation’s favourite crossbreed competition. Scruffts was launched back in 2000 at the Discover Dogs Show and is now celebrated with the grand final at Crufts. We were lucky enough to see the finalists and hear their stories, all so beautiful and deserving, and then watch the winner take their trophy.

The lovely, Gracie in the Golden Oldie Category took this years Crossbreed of the Year title.

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There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

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AND THEN WE WENT HOME.
Our day had just about come to a close, but on the way out we remembered a few things we had seen while we ‘weren’t shopping’ and thought we’d end the day on a high note; with presents to take back to Dinx, Myfie, Ellie and Millie our very own ‘Best(s) in Show’ no matter what any judge thinks. So there!

I realise this post is ridiculously long and full of links and pictures etc. but believe me, I cut SO much out! If you can stand to see any more I’ll be uploading the rest of the photos to our Facebook page where you can peruse at your leisure! Have any questions for us? Pop them in the comments, and let us know which event you would have made a bee-line for!

Thanks, as always, for reading,
Carrie and Pups x

What? you want a reward for reaching the end? Oh go on then… this will make you laugh. Here are some dogs, being dogs, ay Crufts:

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Crufts 2015: Win Some Tickets, Yay!

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It’s that time of the year again! The time of year where I start getting ridiculously excited and practically foam at the mouth. No, it’s not Christmas, but it does begin with the letter ‘C’… and it’s all about dogs so thinking about it, it might actually be my favourite time of the year! Yep, it’s CRUFTS! Ta Dah!

Well, it’s the run up to it at least, because the actual dates are Thursday 5, March – Sunday 8, March.

Crufts, as always is held at the Birmingham N.E.C. We’re lucky enough to be able to pop along ourselves again this year and even better than that… we get to invite you too! Some of you, at least, four to be exact.
Ellie is kindly offering to share a pair of her tickets with two lucky winners.

HERE ARE THE DETAILS OF THE COMPETITION:

✭ Competition entry is over on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PawedCouture and the post is pinned to the top!
✭ Winners will be drawn on Sunday 22, February
✭ I will notify winners via Facebook and will need to obtain a postal address
✭ Tickets will be posted by Ellie the next day
✭ Due to timescale, I’m afraid this draw is for UK residents only (unless you happen to know you will be in the UK and able to attend on the dates AND you have a UK address for us to send tickets to).

HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE ACTUAL TICKETS:

✭ The competition is for a PAIR of tickets
✭ The tickets cannot be re-sold
✭ The tickets are valid for one day of your choosing from the four.
✭ If you choose to go on the Sunday, you cannot use this ticket to view ‘Best in Show’ in the arena, further costs will apply should you wish to see this. The ticket IS valid for the rest of the spectacular that is Crufts, though.
✭ You can’t take your own pooch I’m afraid 😦

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HERE ARE SOME DETAILS ABOUT THE SHOW:

Crufts takes place from 5 – 8 March 2015 at The NEC, Birmingham
Show opening times each day: 8:15 – 19:30

2015 Group Schedule (who’s being judged on that day):
✭ Thursday 5, March – Gundog
✭ Friday 6, March – Working and Pastoral
✭ Saturday 7, March – Terrier and Hound
✭ Sunday 8, March – Toy and Utility

But, of course, Crufts is about way more than judging breed standards these days. It’s a PACKED day and you need a little bit of planing beforehand to see everything you want to. Here’s just a little bit of info about what you can expect:

✭ 22,000 dogs competing for the world-class title of Crufts Best In Show
✭ The Arena showcasing fantastic displays and competitions
✭ Good Citizen Dog Scheme training ring, the UK’s largest dog training programme
✭ Dog Activities Ring, where you can learn how to unleash your dog’s potential
✭ Over 400 trade stands with special show offers and exciting new products for you and your best friend!

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Crufts has competitions for everyone – kids, crossbreed dogs and more: http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/
✭ Breeder’s Competition
✭ Eukanuba Friends For Life
✭ International Junior Handling
✭ Junior Warrant Competition
✭ Scruffts – Best Crossbreed

Discover Dogs / Finding the right breed http://www.crufts.org.uk/content/whats-on/discover-dogs-at-crufts/Get your paws on some actual fur!

If that’s not enough to convince you you’re missing out if you don’t pop along, why don’t you have a read about our day last year, here: https://pawedblog.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/crufts-2014-so-much-woof/
Don’t worry if you can’t make it though, particularly our overseas friends, we’ll be blogging along and boring you silly with this… lots! ❤

Don’t want to take the chance of missing out on tickets? or you’ve come to this post all disappointed because you didn’t win Ellie’s tickets?… I don’t blame you, worry not, click the link below and you can buy some right there.

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PAWS CROSSED FOR OUR WINNERS!
Thanks for reading 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

2014 in review

Oh lookie here!! Not a smidgen as impressive as some of the others we have seen, but we were grateful to find this hidden (by another 234, 556,325 emails) in our inbox! We have had such a great year blogging and you’ll know from previous posts that we really count 2014 as being our first year! We’ve made so many beautiful new friends and are grateful for each and every one of ya!! Here’s to more fun in 2015!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,500 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Huge Woofs,
Carrie, Myfie, Ellie and Millie x

Wordless Wednesday: Happy Merry Christmas

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To each and every one of our friends in Blogville, and their family and friends and their friend’s friends… We hope you have a smashing, lovely Christmas and thank you for your support this year!

We Woof You!
Carrie, Myfie, Ellie and Millie x

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Black & White Sunday: Be Good For Goodness Sake

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Which list are you on?.. He’s coming y’know?

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#FlashbackFriday: Where, Oh Where Have We Been?

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My goodness! I don’t think any of us realised we had been gone for quite so many weeks! We have missed Blogville so much and would like to thank those of you that left supportive messages for us, wishing us luck with the Craft Fairs!
We will be replying very soon. Until then though, we thought we should pop our noses in and say ‘Hi’ and let those of you who are interested know just where we’ve been all this time!

As you may have read, it was our very first Craft Fair this December, and we were all mightily nervous about it. Personally, I wasn’t bothered if we didn’t sell a thing… it was all about getting the experience under my belt. I am so much more comfortable behind a computer screen, but being out there in the big wide world I find a little daunting. Also, I had to go it alone (well, that’s not strictly true I had a very good friend who was selling her wares alongside of me), but what I mean is, without the pups! It turns out that even though they happen to be staff members… they aren’t allowed to come along! Which we all found a little rude.

Fortunately though, Myfie came up with the genius idea of taking ‘Bob’ along. So I dressed him up in all the festive finery that we created and he became my partner in crime for the weekend.

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He was very well behaved, but was a little shy with the customers.

I really had to fight an inner struggle not to cancel the fair all together, but in the end we made it. I took some pictures of our stall to show you. We had some nightmares with the banner, so please don’t pay too much close attention to that. It is still being resolved, but I am sure we will get there in the end.

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I was quite happy with how it was all set up in the end, and even did a last minute Fair at a second venue on the Sunday!
So by the end of that weekend, I had three events behind me and I managed to pick up some great tips and experience along the way.

The Fairs were on the weekend of December 6, before and after this day I did a little bit of crafting for my own pups. I decided it would be a great idea to make them some Advent Calendar Bunting. Which, of course starts December 1… so BEFORE THE FAIR!! Eek.
I’d also never even done one single blanket stitch up until this point… great idea, Carrie. It’s not like you have enough pressure on yourself… why don’t you find something massively time-consuming to do in your spare time *eye roll*

Anyway, I did do it and despite messing up the numbers right at the end (if you can name some method to try, I probably did… and I probably messed it up) I was pretty pleased with the final result. Most importantly, the pups were happy with it… or rather they were happy with the special seasonal Delibakies I placed in each pocket.

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It turns out this was a genius idea on my part. The pups have been none too impressed by how much I have been out and about of late. I’ve been to a few places where they aren’t welcome to join me, so some daily apologies in the shape of tasty morsels have gone down quite well.

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Just after the fairs I was excited to find out the Coca Cola trucks were stopping by our town. Nothing signifies the arrival of the festive period more than the #HolidaysAreComing Coke ads does it?
I have to say though, there was a distinct lack of lights on this truck, it didn’t resemble the ones used in the adverts much but, well, it did help me to feel that little bit more festive. I could have taken the pups this time, but really I think they would have been a little overwhelmed by the sheer amount of people, and I don’t reckon they would have been impressed by the truck much either! Possibly Myfie if he could have gotten close enough to cock his leg up against it…

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Back in September we won a giveaway on Facebook from a company called Lillie and Millie, and this week we received our beautiful cards and notelets. I had just finished making the girls some festive hair bows and (MY) Millie was so proud that she matched her little illustrated self, she posed happily for a snap. Ellie, is happy with her hair bow too (even if she forgot to tell her face that) and I think they both look adorable.

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I’m hoping to fashion Myfie a matching bow tie before the big day and I’ll be sure to keep everybody posted now we are ready to snuggle on back into Blogville.

All that remains for us to do now is to… err… get ready for Christmas! Yay! In just a few days!… Ahem.What can I say? we like a challenge!

Are you all ready? Are you excited? Will Santa Paws be visiting your house this year?

Thanks so much for being patient with us and reading through this stupidly long post. We wish each and every one of you a VERY Merry Christmas x

 

 

Black & White Sunday: Relax… don’t do it

Here is Myfie, he is one of my staff members that doesn’t let stress get to him and he never EVER lets work interfere with his rest time.
In fact, recently, he has taken his relaxation to a whole new level and since I don’t have time for a sit down in my cozy slippers, he’s doing it for me… isn’t that sweet?

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I wanted add in (yet another) note of apology if I am not around as much as usual this next week or so… I have my very first craft show coming up and since all of this stuff is completely alien to me, it’s all just a little bit stressy.
I’m worried that the blog will have to take a bit of a back seat, so please please don’t be offended if I don’t stop by. I WILL be along to catch up with you all very shortly. In the meantime, if anybody has any tips for me that would also be great! Ha.

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Myfie your suggestion is appreciated but I can’t see taking extra naps getting any of us very far!

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