We spent the day at Crufts at the NEC today! We weren't quite sure what to expect, and were all excited by the time we arrived! There was a fair walk from the car park to the exhibition centre and so I was glad that I'd remembered to wear comfy shoes!
As soon as we got inside the centre, we started to see lots of dogs! Boo was amazed at how many different dogs there were, and in truth even I was amazed at some of the breeds! I had no idea there was a Greenland Dog! Walking down the breed associations stands and seeing all the dogs was really quite impressive!
I really enjoyed watching the young handlers, Boo loved seeing 'boys and girls' with their dogs! We ended up spending more time watching the young handlers than anything else at the show!
The good citizen ring was very informative, and we managed to catch the demonstration of how you should greet a dog and what to do if the dog is giving you unwanted attention. This was demonstrated with children, and was something until today I have to confess I'd never thought to teach Boo. The Kennel Club have advice on children and dogs on their website.
The trade stands had all sorts of dog equipment as well as gifts for every age of dog fan! I've come away with a list of ideas for Mothers Day and Birthday gifts! Boo really enjoyed himself and has excitedly shown Grandad his show guide and described the huge Great Dane he saw in amazing detail! E was a little young to really enjoy it, and found it rather hot - but he was quickly revived with a huge ice-cream! If you're taking your little one, there are official buggy parks adjacent to the arena so you can sit in the stands to watch events like the fly ball - which is terrific fun to watch!
As I've mentioned previously we're going to be visiting Crufts this year, and as we've never been before we're quite excited!
I've spent a while looking at what's on, and I've already planned that I want to see the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People in the GCDS Ring, and the Defence Animal Centre Dogs to! I know Boo would like to see some of the Young Kennel Club at work, as some of the handlers will be as young as 6, who knows maybe in a couple of years that could be Boo? Mr G is keen to see everything, and so I'll be tweeting as much as I can while we go around!
I can't believe how much is on, will we get to see it all?! I hope I have time to shop as well, as I'm on the look out for some great dog gifts! Crufts 2012 starts tomorrow - Thursday 8th March!
One of our favourite activities is putting on some music and having a dance! Boo is getting quite interested in singing the lyrics, so I now have to exercise caution on what music I'm playing after he started to sing something quite colourful at my parents..in my defence I'd never noticed what the lyrics were until he started to sing them.. So I've been on the look out for suitable toddler music, which is age appropriate but still 'cool'.
We received a copy of the new Justin Fletcher Hands Up album on CD to review, and I wondered what Boo would think of it! As soon as we put it on, Boo was delighted, I think the very fact it was a CD especially for him helped fuel his excitement! The CD is a collection of songs for young children, some which Boo was very familiar with e.g. Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes and some which he'd never heard e.g. Nellie the Elephant. The songs are all accompanied by pop backing, so they're more appealing than the more traditional versions to have playing around the house while you're hoovering and certainly hold the attention of my rather lively 3year old!
I confess sometimes I find it a bit difficult to engage both boys in an activity when they're full of energy, and that's normally when chaos occurs! But I have discovered a secret weapon in the form of Justin's The Hokey Cokey, Boo is learning the moves and I'm helping E with them, much to both their and my delight! If you're worried that your little ones will get a bit over excited fear not..there is a superb lullaby at the end of the album which really soothes and even Boo lays down on the rug while listening to it!
I would thoroughly recommend Justin Fletcher Hands Up the Album, to anyone wanting a great selection of traditional children's songs in a modern form!