The three border collies representing the breed at Discover Dogs at Crufts must have been some of the most friendly, cuddly collies I ever met!! Most BCs I've seen and as I'm utterly obsessed with the breed I've got to know quite a few, are frankly disinterested at best when it comes to strangers (unless they have toys!) and certainly take a little while to warm up to people, often being quite choosy even after the initial wariness has passed. Not the dogs at the show - look at that smile the brown and white was giving me, whilst being patted by at least two people at once. There was teeny blue merle bitch at the stand as well, who pressed herself against the bars and spent ages just letting me stroke her silky soft fur :) Very cute.
Spent a wonderful a day at Crufts, mostly wandering around Discover Dogs, squeaking about various rare breeds I'm interested in... My friend and I were amazed by the wonderful temperaments and good behaviour of the vast majority of pups at the show. Huge numbers of dogs packed in together and everyone seemed pretty calm, more than that, all the dogs I saw accepted strangers of all kinds strolling over and throwing their arms around them, kids wanting cuddles, adults stroking them without any "introductions" (I did try and let dogs sniff me and choose to let me stroke them - and got plenty of licks in return!). Nice to see so many well loved doggies who clearly loved people too... Haven't been licked so much by so many dogs in a long time - one of the Ibizan hounds even leapt up and put his paws on my shoulders for a proper cuddle, about 5 minutes after I'd met him.
Also spent time watching some of the hound group judging - the Sloughis, Elkhounds and Pharaoh Hounds. Would have liked to go and watch the Basenji's (I love that breed!) but couldn't find them!! I'd forgotten how massive the NEC is :) Did a little shopping, though I managed to restrain myself better than I thought. Did buy Barney a toy, which he loved and killed in the same evening - worth buying it to see him enjoying himself so much though. Anyway, had lots of fun and if I could, would have taken quite a few doggies home with me - oh, took bucket loads of photos too, of which I've shown quite a few below. I was very reluctant to use the flash when photographing - other people were but I know how some dogs don't really like it so I did the best I could with the light :)