I was lucky enough to be an official Crufts Blogger. I won’t lie to you; when the e-mail flew into my inbox I was all heart-eye emoji and half way e-mailing my Mum saying WE ARE GOING TO CRUFTS.
My favourite thing at Crufts* is the shopping. Although I love going around and looking at all the pooches, I’m 100% sure that I’ve got the best dog in the world. Not to mention he would probably get a little jealous if I spent the day fussing pooches and not bringing him a little present. Crufts is home to over 400 shopping stalls and each stall is unique. These vary from art work, urns, dog food, beds, collars, baths – anything that any dog lover would want. Honestly, I could spend a fortune at Crufts and I had to show so much restraint.
So, with a day wandering around the halls of the NEC, these were my top picks:
1. Off The Leash
My Auntie and I did a little squeal of happiness when we saw Rupert Fawcett was at Crufts. Rupert is the genius behind the very true to life dog comics, Off The Leash. Off The Leash is one of those Facebook pages I can browse through for hours just giggling to myself thinking about Rufus and Alfie. Rupert was signing the Off The Leash books and the guys were offering personalised prints. My Auntie snapped up this print for her husband – I hope he liked it!
The one thing I really love about Crufts are the unique brands you come across. I found Natural Bakery and I ended up buying loads for Rufus. They bake 100% natural treats which surprisingly is pretty hard to come by. It’s amazing how we don’t know what goes into our dogs treats and food, it makes sense that people are switching to raw diets for their pooches! I eded up buying Rufus the huge biscuits which was 6 for £2. They’ve lasted ages seeing as he won’t demolish them all in one go.
3. Doggy Treats
Rufus has a knack for destroying all of his toys within 20 minutes of them being purchased. They literally do not last any longer. He also really loves sticks but they can be fatal to dogs. It was a catch 22 situation until I came across Doggy Treats. They sold dog friendly logs called Anco Roots which don’t splinter, don’t cause your dog any harm and best of all; it had Rufus’s seal of approval. He loves it and it’s lasted quite a while! I’m going to be stocking up on these as they’ve gone down a storm!
(PS: Would have put a picture up but er Rufus has chewed it within an inch of its life)
4. Mabel & Mu
Mabel & Mu went all out at Crufts and their stall was just fantastic. It was an array of colours showing off their bandanas, bow ties and collars. They were the most unique and gorgeous dog accessories that I have ever come across. Unfortunately, the bad dog owner I am, forgot to measure up Rufus’ neck to see what collar would fit him. However, I have got my eyes on patch blue collar for him!
I lost my first dog, Alfie, just over 2 years ago and my Auntie recently lost her oldest dog, Vegas, around a month ago. It’s hard saying goodbye to pet; even though they are just a dog or a cat they do become such a huge part of any home. Since Alfie died, his ashes have just been sat in my parents wardrobe. If you’re still wanting to keep them close and have a little memorial to them, Ashes and Urns had some fantastic handmade ideas. They had a fabulous photo frame box where you could store their collars or tags. It was something a little different and really stood out to me.
What items did you love at Crufts?
*I was gifted complimentary tickets as a Crufts blogger but all items bought were from my own account. All opinions and reviews are my own.