What a waggy-tail-filled weekend that was, and a real pleasure to be invited to judge at all 3 prestigious shows!
Saturday saw the first ever Cold Wet Nose Show. Organized by Dogs Today’s lovely Beverley Cuddy, this show was a great success. With over 3000 pre-sold tickets, it was just down to the good ol’ British weather to behave itself which it did!
After judging the fun Vintage and Doggy Family classes, I had the honour of meeting Britain’s Got Talent stars Kate & Gin. My they’ve been busy since their recent incredible and so deserved success on the telly – a national tour finishing up at London’s famous O2 Centre!
After a quick nosey around the trade stands, it was off down the motorway to dog-show number 2, to Ditchling, Sussex and the NCH (formerly National Children’s Homes) Children’s Dog Show. With all human entrants either 12 years old or younger; it’s always hard to judge without upsetting anyone (especially the watching parents!), especially the ‘Dog that looks most like its Owner!
But, like the previous year, what a great afternoon this was. Loads of kids, loads of dogs and we even set a new record for money raised of £1,936 for NCH.
Sunday saw the RSPCA’s Annual Dog Show at their Patcham Shelter, just north of Brighton. Now usually Simon Cowell judges this one, but due to work commitments, the great man was absent this year and I was invited to take his place in the ring to judge Rescue Dog of the Year!
With a total of 36 entrants, all with incredible stories told in detail over the show’s loud-speaker system. This was a tough one to call, but was eventually won by an owner who herself had entered a dangerous squat and rescued her petrified pooch.
The highlight of my day was spending the majority of it with Julie Cowell, Simon’s mum! What an amazing lady and a true animal-lover who helps coordinate this fantastic afternoon every year without fail. I take my hat off to her.
A great weekend, lots of sun, rosettes and smiles – thanks everyone, and their dogs!