LOOKING BACK – AND AHEAD TO CRUFTS
Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
Ann Evans looks back to her favourite article of the year.
As 2019 draws to a close, it’s fascinating to look back on the different articles we’ve written for B-C-ing-U. So many wonderful reminders of days out and experiences enjoyed. Working alongside photographer, Rob Tysall of Tysall’s Photography for around 30 years, we’ve had so many adventures, so it’s been difficult to select a favourite event over the last 12 months. However, I think I can speak for both of us to mention the Crufts Show which we’ve written about many times.
As everyone knows, Crufts is the world’s greatest dog show, which takes place every March at the Birmingham NEC, and 2020 is no different. As huge dog lovers, Rob and I both love seeing all the amazing different breeds and the gorgeous crossbreeds. But most importantly, we love to learn about the many different charities where our canine friends are coupled with people in need, such as Dogs for Good, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Canine Partners, Hounds for Heroes and many others.
We wrote about some of these charities in our article back in March. https://b-c-ing-u.com/celebrities/the-marvellous-work-of-our-canine-charities/
Here’s a reminder of that article:
An important part of Crufts are the canine charity stalls. At this year’s show, as always were a host of charities raising awareness of the work they do, as well as raising funds to enable them to continue their invaluable work. Here’s a brief roundup of just a few of the animal charities who were at Crufts. They each do amazing work, and all rely on the generosity of the public to help them continue. Plus, there’s lots of gorgeous doggy photos to simply enjoy!
Help for Heroes provides assistance dogs for ex-military and emergency services personnel. The charity was founded by Allen Parton in 2010 after he personally experienced the difference a dog could make to a person’s life. As a Royal Naval Officer serving in the Gulf War, Allen suffered a traumatic accident which left him unable to walk, talk or remember anything, not even his family. It was only through a dog called Endal that he fought back from the brink of despair. Allen set up the charity if honour of Endal.
Dog A.I.D. (Assistance in Disability) assists people with physical disabilities, improving their quality of life by helping them train their own pet dogs to provide assistance with day-to-day tasks and in some circumstances providing life-saving interventions.
The Cinnamon Trust is the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets. Founded by Mrs Averil Jarvis MBE, an army of 15,000 volunteers help housebound and sick pet owners by providing loving care, peace of mind and practical help, so that owner and pet can stay together for as long as possible. When staying at home is no longer an option, they ensure the pet is found a new loving home. They also run two home-from-home sanctuaries.
Dog for Good do an incredible amount of work providing and training assistance dogs to support adults and children with a wide range of disabilities, including children with autism. They train and support community dogs and their specialist handlers to work in activity and therapy in communities and schools. They also give advice and support to help people get the most out of their relationship with their pet dog, and so much more.
German Shepherd Rescue Elite rescues, re-homes and educates people on the breed, striving to promote responsible ownership of German Shepherds. Additionally, they not only look to re-home dogs but also to keep them in their homes by offering training and behaviour advice to their owners.
JR Whippet Rescue began over 40 years ago and has been helping whippets in need ever since. They are there to help Whippets who have been lost or abandoned, who have strayed, been neglected or ill-treated, mentally or physically. They also help Whippets threatened with destruction or in danger of being sold on to a dealer. Plus, they help when an owner who for whatever reason can no longer cope with their dog.
The National Military Working Dog Memorial UK are striving to put into place a memorial to commemorate the Military Working Dogs who bravely served their country in both World Wars and subsequent conflicts such as in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq. The memorial will be a public monument situated in North Wales on land that has been donated to them and will be open at all times.
There were many more great charities at Crufts who continue to do tremendous work throughout the UK. Mentioning just a few more, well done to: Guide Dogs for the Blind, Support Dogs, Animal Heath Trust, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Birmingham Dogs Home, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, Blind Dog Rescue UK, The Blue Cross, Cats Protection, Medical Detection Dogs, Lowland Search and Rescue, Nowzad Charity, the PDSA, Pets as Therapy, Reach Sled Dog Rescue and animal welfare charities everywhere.
Crufts 2020 takes place at the Birmingham NEC, 5th – 8th March 2020.