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Show Report - Day 2

Day two of the dazzling dog show that is Crufts belonged to the Gundog Group and today’s show saw another great turn out.

There were Gundogs a plenty, as they took to the Dog Activities Ring and Main Arena for various Gundog displays and presentations.

The Grand Final of the Kennel Club Breeders’ Competition took place in the Main Arena. This year’s finalists were made up of the highest scoring breeders who achieved over 25 points at Championship Shows throughout 2011. After a stunning line-up judge Stuart Plane chose the Pomeranians from breeder Mrs A Cawthera-Purdy – making that two wins for the Pomeranians, after their success in the Toy Group yesterday.

The hard task of judging Best in Group for Gundogs fell to Mr John Thirlwell, who after much deliberation chose Sh Ch / Am Ch Whistlestop’s Elements of Magic, an Irish Water Spaniel from Carlisle, owned by Judith Carruthers. The reserve went to Labrador Sh Ch / Am / Can Ch Salty Dog of Tampa Bay, all the way from Florida and owned by Linda Hess.

There was a touch of Hollywood glamour brought to the NEC, as Holly & Lil were showing off their collection of collars. After dressing Uggie the Oscar star from film The Artist people were queueing up to get a glimpse of their glittering collars.

It was also a day for celebrating the heroic feats of our canine companions withHounds for Heroes. Yomper was melting the hearts all round as we learnt about him being the first puppy in training to help seriously wounded service men. Elsewhere Janet Menzies was over with the amazing Hearing Dogs for Deaf People with the launch of her new book Hero Dogs.

Talking of heroic dogs, don’t forget to vote for this year’s Friends for Life competition. The winners will be announced just before Best in Show in the main arena on Sunday. You can see the stories of all five nominees, and catch up with all the best action from the show on www.crufts.org.uk/friendsforlife2012.

There was another great example of hounds and humans joining forces, as they competed in a 2km Cani-Cross race, which started in the Main Arena. The race featured both pedigree and crossbreeds with runners aged from seven through to the over 50s.

The runners all started individually at timed intervals and ran a circuit of the Arena before exiting the hall to complete a circuit of the lake outside, with the finish line by the lake, in the grounds of the NEC.

Those who prefer the virtual approach can still find out about the show online. If you like to tweet you can follow the Kennel Club on Twitter @kclovesdogs and come along to one of the tweetups, or if Facebook is more your thing, then why not become a fan of our Crufts Facebook page, www.facebook.com/Crufts. You can see live action and highlights on our internet stream at www.youtube.com/crufts and if an evening in front of the TV is more your cup of tea, you can put your feet up with a well-earned cuppa and watch all the action on More4 every evening from 6.30 – 9pm.

Despite the virtual ways of finding out more about the greatest dog show on earth, nothing can beat the real thing.  So why not come along to the NEC tomorrow and join us on Working and Pastoral day to see more fabulous dogs in action.

3/9/2012