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Yvette & David Short – BIS Crufts 2018 – Ch. Collooney Tartan Tease (Whippet)

In the weeks and months prior to Crufts, how do you make sure your dog(s) are in tip top condition? Do you do anything different in the way of exercise, feeding, coat care etc?

We don’t change their feeding or exercise regime at all. We just keep to the same tried and tested ways.

Do you have any tips on what to wear to be smart but practical in the show ring?

I like to wear a dress and complimentary jacket. Practical flat shoes for running round the ring. Try to keep the dogs colouring in mind to not lose them in the background. Black and white was always my favourite with Tease.

After the wonderful success you had in 2018, how did you feel? Did anything special happen afterwards?

It has been absolutely incredible this year to know that our Tease was BIS at Crufts. We are still pinching ourselves to believe it is true. We have been invited to attend a number of charity events which has been really nice.

What advice do you have for people exhibiting at Crufts for the first time?

Go and enjoy it. We know it is very busy but we have always loved the atmosphere that Crufts brings.

 

Heather Blackburn-Bennett RBIS Crufts 2018 Ch. Kanix Chilli (Pointer)
Handled by Heather’s mother Joanne Blackburn-Bennet.

In the weeks and months prior to Crufts, how do you make sure your dog(s) are in tip top condition? Do you do anything different in the way of exercise, feeding, coat care etc?

I have 2 breeds, Pointers and Dachshunds. I do a little extra training with the Dachshunds and do put coconut oil on them, keeping their coats and skin nice. They have a balanced diet so no change to their food. The Pointers have their exercise increased giving them lots more free running. Going for longer road walking increases my own and their fitness and I also take them to different places to experience different noises etc.. I make sure they are on the right quality dog food that suits them. I also increase brushing them as it keeps their coats sleek.

Do you have any tips on what to wear to be smart but practical in the show ring?

I take 2 outfits on both days just in case, and often can’t decide until I am there. I go in my everyday clothes and get changed when I am in at the event. I buy clothes that are well fitting but not too tight, too short or too revealing. I often stand in front of the mirror before I go to the show to see what also suits the dogs I am showing. Shoes are most important as you’re in them a long time, so it’s very important they are comfortable, or take a pair of fancy shoes just to wear in the ring. Also, especially with the Pointers, shoes that are not going to slip off when I run around the ring.

After the wonderful success you had in 2018, how did you feel? Did anything special happen afterwards?

I felt like it had happened to someone else and then just kept reliving it. Straight after the best in show, we attended a fabulous reception which included Chilli who just loved it. After the show, once we got home, celebrated with friends at a famous ice cream parlour. We took all the dogs too!

What advice do you have for people exhibiting at Crufts for the first time?

My advice is just go to enjoy the day and let you and your dog have fun.