Thursday, 19 March 2015

Crufts (part 5)

This is the final post from Crufts, you'll be relieved to hear.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day out, despite the halls being heaving with visitors.  Izzi and I had hoped to get into the Arena to watch the "Fly Ball" competition, but queue to get in was so long that the event would have been over by the time we reached the front!  Whatever else, it's the dogs who are the stars of the show, and we met some really beautiful animals.  My ears haven't been quite as clean for a very long time.

The final picture shows the aspect of dog shows which I dislike the most: the concept of an "ideal form" for each breed.  This is something which causes endless genetic problems in the misguided pursuit of "perfection", and can result in unhappy and unhealthy animals.  The dogs' well-being should be paramount, in my view, and not sacrificed in the name cosmetic beauty.  Here endeth the sermon...