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How to survive the experience...

Here is a list of things to remember when going to Crufts, primarily for new visitors and those who, like mothers in labour forget the trauma of childbirth when they get home! The advice is appropriate to anyone who has gone to watch - or participate in - Agility, Flyball, Obedience, Breed or a touch of retail shopping. Enjoy your day and don't say that we didn't warn you!

  1. Wear comfy shoes and loose clothing. You'll walk more than you have ever done for your personal trainer.
  2. Drink plenty of fluids (not Prosecco). Air conditioning will turn you into a prune.
  3. Bring the family jewels as cash and cards are not enough.
  4. Don't forget to clear out the thousands of selfies on you phone to free up memory.
  5. Bring food unless you want to pay 20 for a coffee and sarnie but avoid garlic or onion as you're no more than ten inches from the next person.
  6. When using shopping trolleys, avoid docking dogs tails with wheels whilst stampeding to the next scissor stall.
  7. Bring a folding stool or chair. Some benches are covered in slobber and the meeting point resembles Glastonbury at lunchtime so it saves you sitting on the floor.
  8. Turn off flashes if you are taking photos of dogs close up. Either the dog will freak or you may end up with a pin brush up your bum.
  9. Take a drone with you to locate your car after the event.
  10. Ask before you ruffle, cuddle or stroke a dog especially a poodle ready to go into the ring as the owner may bite!
  11. Get a tag with your name and contact details of relatives if you are planning on drinking, Safe return guaranteed.
  12. Most of all enjoy the  day. Celebrate everything dog and make memories.

Have a fab week, Lakhi

Photo courtesy of Paws Trading - Hall 5 Stand 166 

First published 27th February 2020


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