Discover Dogs 2011
Discover Dogs Earls Court London
November 12th and 13th 2011
Discover Dogs Crufts 2011
Another great year at Crufts, and a BIG THANK YOU to all the volunteers Chris Davis, Jane Lloyd, Lisa Charnock, Rosalie Rider, Pam and Malc Dunn, Karen Hurrion, Janet Howes, Martyn Craddock and John Collins, Gail and Joan Simpson, and all their dogs and any people I have forgotten.
Gina and my self made some different displays this year and it took us many hours, so thanks should also go to Gina. It was all worth while as the booth won BEST TERRIER BOOTH, and then went on to win runner-up overall.
Thursday and Friday was nice and steady, but Saturday and Sunday were very busy and our volunteers never got to sit down.
There was lots of genuine interest for the Norfolks with people asking sensible questions and wanting to get a puppy from a breeder on our list. The thoughts on Health were talked about from most people and every one was very impressed at the steps the Norfolk Terrier Club of GB are doing to keep the Norfolks healthy.
Grooming was another question that was asked about a lot, and if they could learn to do it themselves. The price of pups did not seem to put anyone off the breed. But there were a few people that did not like them with long tails, but I think I persuaded them that they are much better with a tail, and that the docked Norfolks look incomplete now.
I have asked the volunteers to do a little write up on their experiences this Crufts so soon you will be able to read more about Discover Dogs this year.
Congratulations to Dorothy and Gina for their great win - their new designs can be seen in the photographs.
Four hours, three dogs, two humans. This was the Norfolk booth at Crufts at Discover Dogs on Saturday morning 12 March. Admittedly, it was the weekend and it was Terrier Day but it was quite amazing. We were not exactly new to Discover Dogs and we had done Terrier Day before but we had never been as busy as we were this year. From 0910 until 1300, neither we nor the three dogs had a moment to even sit down, let alone have refreshments or, as the Americans would say, make ourselves more comfortable.
Caiseal (pronounced Cashel), Maeve and Caitlin were super, so patient and so giving. £1 for every photograph taken of them would have made us quite rich! Maeve and Caitlin love people and attention but even they were showing signs of being fussed out by the end. Cash is much quieter and laid back he is a Pets As Therapy dog and was proudly wearing his bright yellow jacket but he took all the attention with great stoicism. The star of the show was undoubtedly Caitlin, our youngest. From the first moment, she was fascinated by the DVD that Dorothy had running on Norfolks. We tried covering it up and turning it off but to no avail. The public, though, loved it and we lost count of the oh, look at that dog watching telly comments. Her antics even attracted the official photographers with their assistants and light reflectors.
Discover Dogs is so worthwhile. There are great fringe benefits like free car parking and entry to Crufts as well food vouchers. The real advantage though is being able to talk to people interested in having a Norfolk and getting the messages about the breed across to them. Key among these, of course, are their greediness and the need to watch their weight, their security both in the garden and on the roads, their hardiness and willingness to take as much or as little exercise as can be given and their wonderful natures. We were also able to stress what they should do to ensure that they are buying a good, healthy puppy and what any good breeder will be looking for from them.
We have had Norfolks now for more than 40 years and, hopefully, our enthusiasm for the breed showed through. We certainly had a huge amount of interest and most people were attentive and had a sensible approach to owning a Norfolk or any other dog. And, perhaps most importantly, the dogs loved the day.
Janet and Martyn Howes.