Scruffts, the crossbreed dog competition that took Crufts by
storm this year, comes to Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire on
Sunday with two new classes.
Crossbreeds are invited to take part in the Scruffts Family
Crossbreed Dog of the Year competition, sponsored by James
Wellbeloved at the Hearing Dogs Summer Show at The Grange in
Saunderton, Princes Risborough on Sunday 15thSeptember.
Dogs such as Millie, a rescue dog from Iver, have already been
signed up for the heat and are getting ready to take part in the
competition which could lead them on the road to Crufts. The
winners will be invited to the prestigious Discover Dogs event at
Earls Court, London in November where they will compete for a place
in the final at Crufts 2014.
Millie is taking part in the Scrufffts Child's Best Friend and
Best Crossbreed Rescue classes. In the Child's Best Friend class
she will be joined by ten year old Jessica Bates who has helped to
train Millie. Jessica's mum, Dia Bates, tells Millie's story: "We
were Millie's fourth home and sadly she had very bad fear
aggression so would attack every dog she would see. She had very
little training, no toilet training and very bad recall. Between
Jessica and I, we have worked very hard with Millie.
"Jessica and Millie have attended obedience classes together and
Jessica takes Millie to shows regularly where she will quite
happily sit in the ring next to another dog. She does still wear a
bandana saying 'I need space' and this is part of the Yellow Dog
campaign, which asks people to respect Millie's space. We would be
lost without Millie she has pulled our family closer together.
Millie has now become so good with other dogs that we
were able to adopt two more dogs, who she lives happily with."
As popularity of Scruffts soars, two new classes have been added
to make sure that every crossbreed dog is given their opportunity
to shine. Best Crossbreed Rescue and Good Citizen Dog Training
Scheme (GCDS) Crossbreed are the two new classes in the Scruffts
competition, with the GCDS class open to dogs that have a GCDS
certificate at any level. Scruffts traditionalists need not worry
as the Most Handsome Dog, Prettiest Crossbreed Bitch, Child's Best
Friend and Golden Oldie categories all return this year.
The Scruffts competition celebrates the love, companionship and
often heroic stories of our nation's crossbreed dogs, and raises
money for the Kennel Club Charitable Trust, which makes a
difference for dogs by funding a wide variety of work ranging from
supporting research into canine diseases to welfare initiatives.
The fun competition is also great for socialising dogs and getting
to meet other dog lovers in your area.
Caroline Kisko from the Kennel Club, the organisers of the
competition said: "Scruffts is a fantastic competition which brings
the fun of the show ring to crossbreed dogs, whilst raising money
for a good cause. It's always a fun event - the dogs and owners
love it and it is a great opportunity for them to get out and about
"Scruffts was a favourite at Crufts this year and we're looking
forward to seeing the six fantastic dogs that will be joining us
for the final at Crufts 2014."
Entering a dog into Scruffts costs just £2 per class and all
entry money will be split between the Kennel Club Charitable Trust
and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
Your Dog magazine is the media sponsor of Crufts for the second
year running, meaning that the winners of each heat will not only
receive delicious James Wellbeloved goodies, but a copy of the
latest Your Dog magazine too.
For more information on the Scruffts Family Crossbreed Dog of
the Year competition, please visit www.scruffts.org.uk. For
further information about the Hearing Dogs Summer Show, please