A nationwide search has begun to find the UK’s top dog hero, to be crowned the 2017 winner of the annual Eukanuba Friends for Life competition, celebrating a lifetime of friendship and the heart-warming stories of how humans and dogs transform and enrich each other’s lives.
The Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, in partnership with Eukanuba, the experts in super premium pet nutrition, is searching for inspiring stories from across the country that showcase just how much dogs do for humans throughout their lives, and is calling for the public to nominate a canine companion that deserves to be recognised for what they do.
The winner of the Eukanuba Friends for Life competition will be revealed at Crufts 2017, at the NEC, Birmingham on Sunday 12 March, and will win £3,000 for a dog charity of their choice. Runners up will receive £750 for their chosen dog charity.
The public are being asked to nominate dogs in the following categories:
- Extraordinary Life of a Working Dog – for dogs who have shown extraordinary qualities through working, including in the army, police force, RAF, airport, search and rescue
- Giving Longevity Through Assistance – for assistance dogs that support their owners throughout the years
- A Life of Friendship – celebrating man’s best friend throughout the years, a partner that has seen their owner through the hardest times as well as the happiest
- Giving the Best Start in Life – recognising dogs that support and impact the lives of children
Nominations are open until 12 December 2016 and four finalists will be chosen to go forward to the final at Crufts 2017, where the overall winner, selected by public vote, will be announced before the grand finale of the Crufts Best in Show award.
Previous winners of the competition include 2016 winner Boo the Lurcher, who is credited with transforming the life of owner Rosie Reid following complications in pregnancy that left her unable to have children and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; Miracle, a rescue dog who was to be cruelly slaughtered for meat but who is now changing the life of his owner six year-old Kyle who has cerebral palsy; and Haatchi, an Anatolian Shepherd who had his leg and tail amputated after being deliberately tied to a railway line and struck by a train, only to be rescued and rehomed with seven year-old Owen Howkins, who has a rare genetic condition which causes his muscles to be permanently tense, and his family.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Dogs play a significant role in our lives. Every day there are dogs out there saving lives in war zones, giving confidence and independence to those with disabilities, and showing remarkable bravery and loyalty as pets.
“Eukanuba Friends for Life is an opportunity to celebrate these dogs, who quietly go about changing people’s lives in their own unique and special way. We are looking forward to hearing from anybody who has a heart-warming tale about how their dog has changed their life for the better or how a friend has had their life transformed by their dog.
“As a fitting tribute, the winner will take centre stage at the Genting Arena during Crufts 2017, an event which is dedicated to celebrating the diverse role that dogs play in society and the way that they enrich our lives.
“We encourage anybody whose dog has earned the title of Eukanuba Friend for Life to put them forward for recognition in this competition.”
Annaliese Reekie, Managing Director for Eukanuba UK said: “Eukanuba Friends for Life celebrates the unique relationship we have with our dogs and the important role they play throughout our life and their own. At Eukanuba, we want to help extraordinary dogs everywhere to live a long, happy and healthy life with our high quality nutrition together with appropriate care. I have always had dogs in my life so know the joy, comfort and loyalty they bring; ultimately they will never let you down. I can’t wait to hear this year’s incredible stories of how dogs give us a lifetime of love, care and support.”
For further information and to nominate a dog, visit www.crufts.org.uk/content/Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2017, Friends For Life, KC Press Release
The 125th anniversary of Crufts has ended on a high, with an exciting Best in Show final seeing Devon (Ch Burneze Geordie Girl), a West Highland White Terrier take home the coveted title tonight (Sunday March 13th).
In a packed arena, Devon, who is two years old in July and Marie Burns, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder from Bishop Auckland, County Durhamwere cheered on as they were chosen by top judge, Derek Smith and awarded the prestigious Crufts Best in Show title by Clare Balding. The historic moment was captured live on Channel 4 and watched online around the world.
Almost 22,000 pedigree dogs from around the world competed at the Birmingham NEC over four days for just seven places in the Crufts 2016 Best in Show final. The other six finalists were, Jen the German Spitz Klein, Eric the Pekingese, Zony the Border Collie, James the Gordon Setter, Hazel the Whippet and Hector the Bouvier Des Flandres.
Devon’s, owner, Marie said of her win: “I can’t believe it, it was amazing. She is a typical terrier, a bit of a tomboy, very independent and fun to be around. I’m so thankful to everyone who has helped us get there. I can’t believe it she’s the first West Highland Terrier to win in more than 20 years.”
The Reserve Best in Show award was won by Hazel, the Whippet, owned by Charlie Donaldson from Middlebie, Dumfrieshire, who was also bred by a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “This has been a fantastic year and a wonderful final, and it’s clear to see why, for 125 years, Crufts has been one of the major British events.
“Congratulations to Devon who helped end this year’s competition on a high note, taking the prestigious Best in Show award with her owner, Marie Burns.
“This year has been such a great show, with dogs and their handlers showing their fantastic relationship across a range of dog sports and competitions.”
The full results for Crufts 2016 can be found online at www.press.fossedata.co.uk.
Only 361 days until Crufts 2017!Tags: Best In Show, Crufts, Crufts 2016, Hound Group, Terrier Group
February 26th, 2016Crufts 2016
Twenty one year-old Zara Werner, from Herne Bay, is getting ready to be awarded the Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year award at the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, next month.
Zara, who is currently at Canterbury Christ Church University studying events management, first started volunteering in 2011 when she was taking part in her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. She wanted to choose a charity where she was able to help someone in her local community on a personal level; this is where she found the Cinnamon Trust, the national charity for the elderly, the terminally ill and their pets.
At first Zara was paired with a young energetic dog who calmed down considerably for her elderly owner after frequent walks with the young volunteer. After a short break from volunteering, Zara soon began helping with the Cinnamon Trust again, this time walking the dogs of an older woman whose recent surgery meant she was unable to give her pets any exercise. She walked them every week until their owner was back on her feet.
Zara met Maureen Sharp and her two dogs, Candy and Toffee, in 2014, and has been walking the dogs every week, come rain or shine, ever since. Zara and Maureen have also struck up a strong friendship, and both women look forward to each other’s company each week, Maureen even regards Zara as her honorary grand-daughter.
Despite finishing her Duke of Edinburgh award, Zara is continuing to volunteer for Maureen and others whilst juggling university work and a part time job in a bar.
Speaking about her win, Zara said: “I feel honoured to be have been chosen out of all the other amazing volunteers! It was such a shock when I was informed as volunteering has become part of my weekly routine so it’s easy to forget you are actually volunteering. I am really grateful to the Cinnamon Trust for choosing me.”
When speaking about heading to Crufts next month, Zara said: “I have watched Crufts growing up as a child, so it is a really exciting opportunity for me to go, let alone to collect an award there. It is definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment!”
Thanks to Zara’s help, Maureen has been able to keep her dogs, as Zara has given Candy and Toffee the exercise that sometimes Maureen may not have been able to provide.
Zara will receive the prestigious Cinnamon Trust Young Volunteer of the Year trophy at Crufts on Saturday 12th March at 12pm in the Young Kennel Club ring.
Mrs Averil Jarvis, Founder and Chief Executive of the Cinnamon Trust, said: “Zara’s commitment and kindness has brought sunshine into the lives of two little dogs and one lovely lady. For this, she more than deserves this accolade.”
In conjunction with the Young Kennel Club, the Cinnamon Trust encourages young people who love dogs to help older people who also love dogs but are unable to fully care for their canine companion themselves. It’s a win-win-win situation – the dog wins as they get a fun walk and stay healthy, the owner wins as they get peace of mind with a happy dog, and the young volunteer wins as they make new friends and gain a great sense of pride.
Almost 22,000 dogs will be heading to the NEC in Birmingham from 10th – 13th March to compete at Crufts 2016, the Kennel Club has announced. This marks an increase in entries for the 125th anniversary of the show.
The Kennel Club figures show that 21,919 dogs will be taking part in breed judging, Gamekeepers’ classes and the Obedience and Agility Championships. The 2016 figure exceeds the 2015 figure by 2 per cent and is the highest number of dogs competing at Crufts since 2010.
As ever, the event has a truly international flavour with 3,396 dogs competing from overseas compared with 2,987 in 2015, an increase of 14 per cent. Dogs from a total of 47 overseas countries will take part in the show, including, for the first time, Venezuela, Peru and the Philippines.
The number of breeds competing at Crufts continues to grow, adding to the diversity of the event, with the inclusion of two new breeds, the Lagotto Ramagnolo and the Cirneco Dell’Etna, which will have their own breed classes at Crufts for the first time. Both breeds will be judged by Mrs Carla Molinari from Portugal.
This year has seen an increase of 40 per cent or more in the entries for the following breeds compared with 2015: Pointer, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever, Samoyed and Basset Hound.
The highest entry in each group is as follows:
- Toy: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel – 322
- Utility: Bulldog – 245
- Gundog: Retriever (Labrador) – 588
- Working: Boxer – 236
- Pastoral: Border Collie – 359
- Terrier: Staffordshire Bull Terrier – 410
- Hound: Whippet – 397
Gerald King, Crufts Chairman said: “We are delighted that entries to Crufts’ 125th anniversary show remain strong and steady. We feel honoured to welcome dogs from such a wide variety of breeds, representing all corners of the globe. The fact that people travel far and wide to enter this prestigious event is testament to the place it continues to hold in people’s hearts and we intend to keep going from strength to strength.
“We thank everybody who has entered the show and look forward to welcoming all the dogs and their owners who make Crufts such a wonderful event, whether it is those who have been loyally returning year after year or those who are experiencing the show for the first time.”
Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2016, KC Press Release
Full entry figures for all the groups can be found on the pages below:
British Vulnerable Native Breeds
Obedience entry was 19 bitches and 24 dogs
Breed Total 2566 Alaskan Malamute 157 Bernese Mountain Dog 221 Bouvier des Flandres 42 Boxer 236 Bullmastiff 133 Canadian Eskimo Dog 24 Dobermann 179 Dogue de Bordeaux 153 German Pinscher 29 Giant Schnauzer 79 Great Dane 160 Greenland Dog 6 Hovawart 51 Leonberger 162 Mastiff 66 Neapolitan Mastiff 31 Newfoundland 198 Portuguese Water Dog 47 Rottweiler 193 Russian Black Terrier 52 Siberian Husky 166 St Bernard 80 Tibetan Mastiff 61 AV Imported Register 40
Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Working Group includes: Entlebucher Mountain Dog and Greater Swiss Mountain DogTags: Crufts, Crufts 2016, Working Group
Breed Total 3012 Akita 118 Boston Terrier 115 Bulldog 245 Canaan Dog 13 Chow Chow 109 Dalmatian 228 Eurasier 46 French Bulldog 219 German Spitz (Klein) 71 German Spitz (Mittel) 83 Japanese Akita Inu 30 Japanese Shiba Inu 120 Japanese Spitz 68 Keeshond 87 Kooikerhondje 27 Lhasa Apso 131 Miniature Schnauzer 151 Poodle (Miniature) 116 Poodle (Standard) 151 Poodle (Toy) 97 Schipperke 56 Schnauzer 68 Shar Pei 72 Shih Tzu 189 Tibetan Spaniel 147 Tibetan Terrier 235 AV Imported Register 20
Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Utility Group includes: Korean Jindo and Mexican HairlessTags: Crufts, Crufts 2016, Utility Group
Breed Total 2909 Affenpinscher 75 Australian Silky Terrier 13 Bichon Frise 134 Bolognese 68 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 322 Chihuahua (Long Coat) 251 Chihuahua (Smooth Coat) 178 Chinese Crested 204 Coton de Tulear 48 English Toy Terrier 58 Griffon Bruxellois 86 Havanese 77 Italian Greyhound 104 Japanese Chin 132 King Charles Spaniel 125 Lowchen 35 Maltese 59 Miniature Pinscher 100 Papillon 232 Pekingese 78 Pomeranian 154 Pug 269 Yorkshire Terrier 107
Breed Total 2307 Airedale Terrier 81 Australian Terrier 17 Bedlington Terrier 89 Border Terrier 239 Bull Terrier 67 Bull Terrier (Miniature) 85 Cairn Terrier 143 Cesky Terrier 35 Dandie Dinmont Terrier 59 Fox Terrier (Smooth) 66 Fox Terrier (Wire) 72 Glen of Imaal Terrier 42 Irish Terrier 56 Kerry Blue Terrier 51 Lakeland Terrier 45 Manchester Terrier 66 Norfolk Terrier 43 Norwich Terrier 51 Parson Russell Terrier 122 Scottish Terrier 94 Sealyham Terrier 33 Skye Terrier 56 Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 100 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 410 Welsh Terrier 38 West Highland White Terrier 147
Breed Total 3058 Anatolian Shepherd Dog 7 Australian Cattle Dog 51 Australian Shepherd 139 Bearded Collie 299 Beauceron 24 Belgian Shepherd Dog (Groenendael) 61 Belgian Shepherd Dog (Laekenois) 9 Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) 37 Belgian Shepherd Dog (Tervueren) 77 Border Collie 359 Briard 94 Catalan Sheepdog 27 Collie (Rough) 271 Collie (Smooth) 58 Estrela Mountain Dog 35 Finnish Lapphund 100 German Shepherd Dog 121 Hungarian Puli 75 Komondor 13 Lancashire Heeler 86 Maremma Sheepdog 20 Norwegian Buhund 36 Old English Sheepdog 133 Polish Lowland Sheepdog 60 Pyrenean Mountain Dog 89 Pyrenean Sheepdog 30 Samoyed 168 Shetland Sheepdog 282 Swedish Vallhund 44 Turkish Kangal Dog 10 Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 91 Welsh Corgi (Pembroke) 120 AV Imported Register 32
Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Pastoral Group includes: Bergamasco, Hungarian Pumi, Picardy Sheepdig and Swedish LapphundTags: Crufts, Crufts 2016, Pastoral Group
Breed Total 3038 Afghan Hound 232 Basenji 54 Basset Fauve de Bretagne 59 Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand) 41 Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit) 90 Basset Hound 137 Beagle 253 Bloodhound 25 Borzoi 123 Cirneco Dell'Etna 27 Dachshund (Min Long-Haired) 149 Dachshund (Min Smooth-Haired) 131 Dachshund (Min Wire-Haired) 123 Dachshund (Long-Haired) 86 Dachshund (Smooth-Haired) 92 Dachshund (Wire-Haired) 92 Deerhound 101 Finnish Spitz 18 Foxhound 9 Greyhound 78 Hamiltonstovare 18 Ibizan Hound 34 Irish Wolfhound 162 Norwegian Elkhound 57 Otterhound 32 Pharaoh Hound 33 Portuguese Podengo 46 Rhodesian Ridgeback 201 Saluki 105 Sloughi 7 Whippet 397 AV Imported Register 26
Any Variety Imported Register Classes for the Hound Group includes: Azawakh, Basset Bleu De Gascogne, Bavarian Mountain Hound, Grand Bleu De Gascogne, Griffon Fauve De Bretagne and Segugio Italiano.Tags: Crufts, Crufts 2016, Hound Group