This weekend we have had a very exciting (exhausting) few days!
We have been at Crufts!
We go to Crufts with the Dogs Home Display Team to raise awareness for the lovely Rescue Dogs 🐕
It’s such a fun four days but is so exhausting for both me and Toby – as we are on the go for a good 12 hours each day. This year I took Toby his pop up kennel so that he could nap throughout the day to try and make sure he wasn’t getting too tired.
It does seem to have worked somewhat as although he was and is still sleepy he managed the whole four days of Crufts without getting grumpy with any other dogs!
Amos didn’t come to Crufts with us as it would have been too much for him at the moment, he is still scared of new noises and Crufts isn’t exactly a peaceful environment, we will hopefully take Amos to some quieter shows to help him get used to the environment before we do anything as loud and stimulating as Crufts with him.
So in no particular order (partially because I’m still a little sleepy and can’t really recall what I did each day ….) whilst at Crufts here’s some of what we got up to:
We visited the Beco Stand for some samples of their Wild Boar food (which Toby LOVES) we tend to use this as treats when we are out an about so the sample packs are perfect for us!
We also visited Lily’s Kitchen and made a confession to win a tray of food 🐠
We got given a lovely Staffy collar to take home to give to Amos – Thank you so much to the lovely gentlemen who gifted that to Amos! 😍
Toby found himself a new posh little house or maybe a hide away he wanted to take home to hide from Amos! 🙈
We finally got to meet some of the ladies from PitPat who gifted us a new PitPat to bring home for Amos so he can now also be part of the PitPat pack 🐾
We did several displays in the Kennel Club Good Citizen Ring: 2 each day other than Saturday when we only did one display.
Toby successfully skateboarded in each of them (and only once got distracted by crumbs that had been left on the floor!) I didn’t manage to get any pictures of Toby on his skateboard in action at a Crufts I did get a great video of him which you can see on my Instagram page @jessyymartin
We also took part in Temptation Alley everyday whilst we we there also, Toby won a few of his runs of Temptation Alley, lost a few (generally when he was up against a dog with much longer legs than his 🙈😂) but he never gave in to the temptations, he’s such a good lad!
We also went to pay a visit to the lovely lady who saved Toby when he was choking at the National Pet Show, she was so happy to see him and he loves her stand as she sells holistic pet food (that smells literally amazing!) we picked up some Duck and Apple treats from her whilst we were there!
I also managed to make sure that I carried on our usual tradition whilst at the NEC and got some pictures of Toby on the letters! 🙈😂
Purchases and Freebies!
So whilst at Crufts we made some purchases (naturally) and got some amazing freebies!
Our first purchase was a new equafleece for Toby, a fetching purple one for when we do our charity walks for Papyrus and Calm #10mountains10months
I also got Amos a new jumper as he has outgrown the Toby jumper he had been borrowing, nothing too flashy as he’ll grow out of it super quickly!
Amos also got a new staffy collar for when he’s a little bigger (as mentioned previously!) a PitPat and all the free toys we got for taking part in the Down Stay at the end of each day! 🐾🧡
We got a new Hurtta lead for adventures which we started using around the show also (you can just about make it out in the picture below!)
I got a rosette for both boys:
Toby the Wonderdog
Amos the Great
I got some freebies from Zoflora 😍 which smell literally divine as did there entire stall 💚
I got some Nubby ToePawds by TotoFit from Touchango which I have been wanting for ages!
These are to help work on balance and stance with your dog and can also be used for the base of some tricks etc.
They are good for postural strength and building core, we did a little bit of work with them in the hotel one evening but I can’t wait to get working with them at home with Toby and hopefully Amos eventually!
And finally as tradition dictates Toby got a new collar from Crufts – nothing too flashy or expensive just a nice (Slytherin) green leather one 🙈
Toby got to meet lots of his admirers from Facebook and Twitter and took it all his his stride as usual, in a more sleepy fashion as the four days progressed …. 🙈
For all of you that came over or found us and said hi to Toby and I, thank you so much, it was so lovely to meet you all!!
We also got to meet some of the people/Dogs I follow on Instagram!
The amazing Andrew and Betty from Me and My Dog – we hope your display on Sunday went well!!
And Amelia the Cav who Toby was rather smitten with (who can blame him she’s gorgeous!)
We also saw the amazingly talented trio of pups that is Hazel, Bramble and Tulip (sadly no photo this year as Toby was being sleepy and grumpy)
We’ve spent today resting and shifting furniture to make room for Amos’ new crate as we needed to upgrade him to his big boy crate! (Also to show off his rosette!)
Toby also made it into the Daily Mail whilst we were at Crufts! It was a horrible picture that just caught him looking unsure as we walked in, my picture taken the same morning shows him looking much more happy and relaxed, wearing pjs but raring to go! 😂🐾
We’ve had a fab but tiring weekend, we hope everyone else has had a good weekend and a happy Monday!
Thanks for reading! 💚🐾