Thursday, June 21, 2007
By Mark Entwistle
The Southern Reporter
Selkirk, The Borders Scotland
Scottish weather “a bit muddy” for dog show
Scenes from the famous “Cruft’s” dog show in Britain
Dog shows can be a world of their own.
Over here in Britain, the greatest of these is Cruft’s.
It is quite possibly the greatest dog show in the world.
It is held at a massive indoor arena in the English city of Birmingham in March each year.
However, throughout the rest of the year and the rest of Britain, there are dog shows held the length and breadth of the country.
Many of these count as qualifiers for the Cruft’s event and as such the competition to win best of breed certificates is intense.
The weekend past saw one of the biggest dog shows staged in Scotland when the Border Union Championship Dog Show was held over two days here in the Scottish Borders in the town of Kelso.
Over 6,500 dogs were entered in classes catering for all sizes and breeds.
Many of the owners arrive early in the preceding week from all over the UK and other parts of Europe to set up their caravans and motorhomes which more resemble mobile kennels than homes.
Although the parkland area used for the show was a bit muddy underfoot thanks to last week’s not inconsiderable rainfall here in Scotland, the event still attracted large number of spectators.
The British have had a long love affair with the keeping of dogs with many of the bloodlines of famous kennels and studs stretching back several hundred years.
Last week in Kelso you were likely to find yourself standing in line in a local shop behind an Irish Wolfhound or a Border terrier while waiting to be served.
And what is it about dogs and their owners when it comes to looking alike?
Is it that the dogs slowly grow to look more like their owners or the other way around?
Personally, I think it’s we owners that start to change to resemble our prize pooches.
One good reason for not being the owner of a wrinkly Sharpei or bloodhound I suppose!
Last week’s rain has seen this a pretty wet June. And that’s despite weather forecasters predicting this would be the hottest summer on record because of global warming.
But since they famously can’t predict a hurrricane the next day here in Britain, they’ll have to forgive me if I don’t quite rush out and strip the shops of suncream and Bermuda shorts just yet.
I’ll let the good folks of Holly Springs know if by the time of the next column in July whether flip-flop sandals and bikinis have made an appearance in the Entwistle garden here in Scotland!
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