Photos courtesy of Rob Tysall and The Kennel Club
Crufts 2022 begins on Thursday! 20,000 gorgeous dogs ready to strut their stuff. Ann Evans reminds us of all the fun of the show.
Dog lovers everywhere are delighted to see the return of Crufts, the greatest dog show in the world which is back at the Birmingham NEC after being cancelled in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Organised by the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, this year’s event which takes place from 10th to 13th March will see more than 20,000 dogs taking part in a wide variety of competitions and displays over the four days. This includes over 200 different pedigree dog breeds competing for the famous Best in Show trophy. And not being forgotten, the show also sees the final of Scruffts – the fun competition for crossbreeds.
There’s so much going on at this amazing 4-day show, with hundreds of trade stalls, dog displays and demonstrations, there’s the Discover Dogs area, and a very special event – Crufts Hero Dog Awards. This competition celebrates the unique relationship people have with their dogs, especially in the face of adversity.
Judges from The Kennel Club have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote. The winner will be announced by the award’s ambassador, Sally Phillips, in the Resorts World Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, Sunday 13th March. If you can’t make it to the show, you can watch it all on Channel 4 plus you can read the Hero Dog Award stories on the Crufts website.
The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award finalists for 2022 are:
Best Friends – Golden Retriever Guide Dog Milo: Milo gave ex-dairy farmer, Scott his life and family back and set him on a path to support others with visual impairments.
Rescue dog hero – Chewie: Chewie, was found abandoned and tied up with his littermates. He went on to save his owner, Ray Whiteley’s life and help other pets in need.
Hero Support Dog – Newfoundlands Storm, Sonar, Bob and Walker: who provide unique water therapy for suicide prevention and front-line emergency services staff.
Extraordinary Life of a Working Dog – Simba the Springer Spaniel: Simba is a fire investigation dog who heroically brings justice to victims of arson attacks.
Child’s Champion, Golden Retriever, Ruby: Ruby provides love and support to a young girl with cerebral palsy, helping her every day with her pain, anxiety and stress.
Sally Phillips, the ambassador for The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award 2022, comments: “I wish we could all ‘be more dog’ – my dogs are way more heroic than I am, except around fireworks and food! Dogs have a remarkable impact on our lives, from the smallest things, like welcoming us home after a tough day, to getting us through heartbreak, sickness and grief – all the most difficult times.
“The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award is a truly inspiring celebration of man’s best friend and all they do for us. There were hundreds of amazing nominees, with this year’s five finalists each recognised for their extraordinary feats and the difference they make.
“We would encourage people to vote for their favourite hero dog to show their support for these incredible four-legged friends and to celebrate their bravery, loyalty and friendship.”
The winner of The Kennel Club Hero Dog Award will receive £5,000 from The Kennel Club Charitable Trust for the dog charity of their choice, with the other finalists receiving a £1,000 donation to their chosen canine charity.
The public can now watch each of the finalist’s stories in specially-made videos and vote for their Hero Dog 2022, until midday on Sunday 13th March, by visiting the Crufts website.
The winner will be revealed in the Resorts World Arena at Crufts on the evening of Sunday 13th March.
Discover more and get tickets from: www.crufts.org.