Owner failed to get vet treatment for his cat’s broken pelvis

A Southport man has been given a decade-long ban on keeping animals after he failed to take his cat to the vet when she was in pain and suffering from a broken pelvis.

Orrin Lloyd (DOB 24/11/189) of Scarisbrick Avenue was sentenced at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 15 July.  He was found guilty of failing to get veterinary care and attention for his cat’s severe injuries at an earlier hearing (Wednesday 2 June).

The court heard how his cat, called Puss, was taken to the vets by a witness who saw the young tabby could not stand up. They found Puss was in pain when she moved and when her abdomen was felt. She was given pain relief and RSPCA Inspector Joanne McDonald, who led the investigation for the animal welfare charity, transferred her to the RSPCA’s Greater Manchester Animal Hospital for further examination.

X-rays revealed the young cat’s left hip socket was fractured and both sides of her pubic bones were fractured into multiple pieces.

At the time vets were unsure if Puss would recover as she had limited mobility and was unable to toilet properly. They prescribed the young tabby and white cat weeks of pain relief and strict cage rest.

After two weeks in the animal hospital however there was a marked improvement in her comfort levels and demeanor – she had become more affectionate, looking for attention and was purring. Puss had a further six weeks of strict cage rest at the RSPCA’s Warrington branch where she continued to make excellent progress and her fractures healed well.

A veterinary report presented to the court explained that: “Puss was clearly suffering and in a state of extreme physical and emotional distress on presentation to RSPCA care.  Despite hospitalisation and the administration of strong painkillers for a prolonged period of time, it took 15 days for the cat to reach a point in her recovery where she could be discharged from the RSPCA’s animal hospital.”

The report described how Puss was in so much pain that it was preventing her from passing urine or faeces and would leave her feeling bloated with discomfort in her abdomen.

The report continued: “Following observing her at the RSPCA animal centre during her recovery, it is clear she has a friendly, gentle and outgoing demeanour and that the injuries she sustained had significantly impacted on her physical and mental wellbeing.”

Alongside the 10-year-ban from keeping all animals, Lloyd was sentenced to a 12-month community order and he must complete 30 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days and 80 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £95.

Puss, now called Matilda, has been happily rehomed to a loving new family.

After the sentencing, Inspector McDonald said: “Pet-owners have a legal responsibility to ensure their animals do not suffer but sadly Lloyd failed in this duty towards his pet. It’s completely unacceptable to leave any animal to suffer in this way and we will always look into reports of animal cruelty and, where necessary, seek justice for that animal”.

Joanna added: “Puss did so well in RSPCA care and I would like to thank our vets and our Warrington branch who looked after her during her long road to recovery. I am pleased she has now found a lovely new home where she can live happily.”

How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

Pets are the gift that keep on giving, however, owning a furry friend comes with a lot of responsibility, not only for them but also for the environment.

As a pet owner it’s important to consider both your pet’s and your own actions and how they could potentially be impacting our planet.

Here are some simple tips from eco conscious company, Ecovibe, to follow on how you can become an eco-conscious pet owner.

Bulk buy products

Plastic pollution is one of the biggest problems when it comes to our impact on the environment, with tonnes of plastic washed on to our beaches and entering ecosystems every year, harming wildlife and habitats.

Buying in bulk, means buying less often and purchasing less packaging. Whether it be for their food, toys, or grooming products buying in bulk will help reduce plastic consumption and is a great step to becoming an eco-friendly pet owner.

Use compostable poop bags

Plastic poop bags are a menace for the environment as they often won’t decompose, consequently sitting in a landfill.

To combat this issue, pet owners can swap to eco-friendly pet products, such as compostable poop bags which break down over time and lead to less waste. Simply dispose of these bags at home in a compost bin, as they need light, oxygen, and moisture to be able to break down.

Switch to non-plastic toys

 A quick and easy eco-friendly change is to swap plastic-based toys for non-plastic alternatives.

As pet toys go through daily wear and tear, they can become flimsy and thin, which unfortunately means they cannot be recycled.

This lack of recycling ability means many plastic products don’t ever actually disappear, but get smaller in size over the years, and are at risk of being consumed by animals. In fact, recent reports by UNEP state that there could be more plastic than fish in our oceans by 2050 if our consumer habits continue.

Look for natural and organic alternatives, such as those made from hemp and jute. These are both sustainable materials that can easily decompose, whilst staying fun and engaging for your pet.

Wash your pet with non-toxic grooming products

Look for natural and organic ingredients when selecting pet grooming products to avoid those that can be toxic to water systems and oceans when flushed down the drain.

Many grooming products on the market contain ingredients which can be harmful to the environment, such as synthetic fragrances, which can change PH levels of the oceans or SLS which can harm marine animals. Eco-friendly alternatives include aloe vera and essential oils.

Walk your pet nearby

Where you can, it is best to walk your pet locally as travelling by car or other modes of polluting transport for your daily walks will contribute greatly to your pet’s carbon footprint (and your own!).

Carbon emissions from cars, buses and trains are a huge contributor to global warming, which consequently destroy natural habitats and vital ecosystems. Avoiding these modes of transport where possible will help lower the amount of these emissions released.

It is easy to become a more eco-conscious pet owner and by following these simple steps you will not only be reducing plastic consumption, but doing your part to lower your pets carbon footprint and overall impact on the environment.

Involving your dog on your wedding day

For many people, their pooch is a four-legged best friend, so it’s understandable that it simply wouldn’t feel right to celebrate their special day without them.

As weddings have now returned, and more venues are happy to welcome furry friends, it’s an exciting time for many!

PDSA Vet Nurse Nina Downing said: “The idea of bringing your dog along to your wedding is a wonderful one, but you’ll need to prepare well in advance. Here’s our list of things to consider when proposing to make your dog ‘pooch of honour’.

Dog friendly venue

“Once your pup has accepted their wedding invitation, it’s important to check whether the venue is suitable for them to spend the day. With all the excitement around planning a wedding, a few simple necessities might slip your mind. Ensuring your dog has a safe space indoors to ‘take time out’ is essential – it can be hard work being the centre of attention and you’ll want them to enjoy themselves. You’ll need to consider where they can stretch their legs, go to the toilet or relax away from the festivities.”

Designated doggy sitter

“Make sure you have one specific person who will be in sole charge of your dog as you and your spouse will be very busy! Make sure they know each other well and arrange this well in advance. Knowing that a reliable friend or relative is caring for your dog, making sure they have regular ‘time outs’ snacks and toilet breaks, will take unnecessary stress off your shoulders. If your pooch does become weary or stressed, your dog carer can take them home and settle them without disrupting the celebrations.

Their role

“You know your pooch better than anyone else, so it’s important to ensure they have an appropriate role on the day! Calmer, well-behaved pups might like a front-of-house job such as ring bearer or ‘best dog’. To avoid anxiety, opt for a shiny new collar, rather than dressing them up. For lively dogs, they may enjoy joining as a guest once the ceremony has ended.

Preparations

“If you are planning on having a wedding rehearsal, take your four-legged friend along with you to settle any pre-wedding nerves. Helping them acclimatise to their new surroundings not only provides familiarity, but it can also give you a snapshot of how things might go on the day. If your pet has an important role in the wedding, it may be a good idea to do reward-based training in advance, helping  to ensure both you and your pooch feel comfortable in their ability to perform on the day.

Pooch-proof the area

“Traditional wedding or chocolate cake and alcohol are likely to be a part of the day, don’t forget that they are highly toxic to your pet. Ask guests not to feed your dog, – no matter how guilty those puppy eyes may make them feel! Alcohol, dancing and dogs don’t mix well either, so prevent any mishaps by keeping your dog well out of the way.

“During meal times, take your pup to their safe space in order to prevent them from guzzling up accidental treats dropped on the floor! Spending a bit of time researching the flowers and decorations is also a good move, as some plants and flowers can also be dangerous for guests with inquisitive snouts.”

New salon management software launched for dog groomers

The UK’s first app-integrated salon management software for dog groomers has been launched.

The new app, Tuft, offers dog groomers a convenient way to manage their business and reach new clients. The app also boasts a host of innovative features to cut down admin time and a digital dashboard with client, pet and grooming history all in one place.

Alongside this is a dedicated client-side app that allows dog owners to find, book and review local groomers at the touch of a buttom, making it easier than ever for salons to reach new customers.

Tuft also takes care of bookings 24/4, so groomers no longer need to worry about losing leads because they’re busy or with another client. Payments are also managed through the app with Tuft taking zero commission on salon bookings.

Day-to-day business is streamlined with a powerful booking calendar that allows groomers to effortlessly keep track of their availability. Plus, Tuft’s automated push notifications within the app inform clients about upcoming appointments and when their pooch is ready for collection, helping to reduce no-shows and late pick-ups.

An in-app messaging system connects to the salon dashboard, allowing dog groomers to keep a ‘paper trail’ of all conversations should they need to update the owners, answer questions, or resolve any disputes.

What’s more, Tuft’s quality-rating system encourages pet owners to leave honest, valuable reviews, helping businesses to build their reputation with ease. And just like with the popular Uber app, groomers can rate their clients too.

For groomers that aren’t so tech-savvy, Tuft has a dedicated support team to help them transition to a digital business management system. Alongside this is a designated WhatsApp group – aptly named ‘The Pack’ – for groomers to share feedback and make feature requests for both the salon software and client app.

Chloe Smith, Founder of Tuft, comments: “We couldn’t be more excited to launch Tuft. Not only does it connect groomers to hundreds of new, local clients, but the integrated software allows professionals to take control of their salon and streamline their business more than they ever have before. With Tuft doing the hard work for you, groomers can concentrate on what they do best: making pooches look pretty!”

Available now, Tuft is offering a free one-month membership to groomers when they join. The standard monthly price is £25 per month, excluding VAT.

To find out more about Tuft’s app-integrated salon management software, visit www.tuftapp.com/pet-groomers/.

Shar Pei dog whose owner moved away and left her behind stars in TV programme

A Shar Pei dog who was left behind when her owner moved away before being rescued by the RSPCA will appear on the Channel Five show.

Tonight’s episode (Tuesday 27 July) of The Dog Rescuers on Five features Lila, a seven-year-old Shar Pei who was rescued by Inspector Jess Dayes in Essex.

She was being cared for by neighbours after her owner sadly moved away and left her behind. After a timid start, Lila finally let Jess take her to the RSPCA Danaher Animal Home in Essex for a check over where the vets soon realised that she had some issues with her eyes, as well as inflamed ears.

Lila was suffering from entropion which is where the eyelid rolls in towards the eyeball causing fur and eyelashes to rub and irritate the surface of the eye. This is a common problem with Shar Pei dogs due to their excessive skin folds and often needs surgery to correct. She’d already had an operation as a puppy to get rid of the excess skin around her eyes but sadly needed another operation which RSPCA vet Robert Lees carried out with precision.

Robert said: “The trouble with these dogs is there is so much loose skin it can be difficult to judge quite how much to take away which is probably what happened in her first operation. We’ve managed to take this lid that’s folding over and take that excess skin away so she should be a lot more comfortable now.”

After her surgery, Lila recovered well in RSPCA care.

Jess who rescued her, said: “Lila is a friendly dog and will make somebody a lovely pet. She’s going to tick a lot of boxes for rehoming which is great. She’s a really loving dog. I’ve got a soft spot for Lila!”

Jess was proven right and Lila was rehomed to a new loving family.

Comedian Alan Davies hosts the brand new series of The Dog Rescuers. The show follows RSPCA officers as they are out on the road saving dogs from cruelty and neglect.

Tune in to the new series of Dog Rescuers tonight (Tuesday 27 July) at 7pm to see Lila’s full story or watch it on catch up on My5.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit their website.

Rescue dog in need of four-legged friend and ‘fur-ever’ family

As International Friendship Day (30 July) approaches, the team at Dogs Trust Loughborough are hoping it will bring one of their residents the new four-legged best friend – and family – she has been waiting for for more than a year.

Two-year-old Akita, Juno, arrived at the Wymeswold rehoming centre last July, but is still waiting to find her perfect home with a canine companion whose paw-steps she can follow in.

Emma Proctor, Assistant Manager at Dogs Trust Loughborough, says: “The last year or so has proved to us all how important friends and family are, and for Juno that’s definitely the case. She didn’t have the best start in life and missed out on socialisation as a puppy, so it’s vital she now finds the ideal home, and that is a quiet rural home with another dog.

“When she is alongside another dog, she really comes into her own and her lovely personality starts to shine through. If we can find her a home with a four-legged friend who will introduce her to the big wide world and show her it’s not as scary as she thinks, that would make our year!”

During her time at the rehoming centre, the team have seen Juno become more confident and they say she has a lovely silly side to her, but she will need patient owners who along with her doggie friend will let her settle into her new surroundings slowly and be happy to meet her at the rehoming centre several times before heading home with her.

Emma says: “When we first saw Juno get giddy, it was lovely. She particularly enjoys a game of chase! Our dream for her is that after a few months of being in her forever home we find out she’s taking things in her stride, beginning to enjoy new experiences and snuggling up with her new best buddy. We know there is the perfect dog and ideal family out there for her. We just hope they come along soon so Juno can start to live the life she deserves.”

Juno will need a large, very secure garden for her outdoor exercise until she is confident enough to head out on walks with her new family. She can live with young adults aged 15 and over and her ideal canine companion in her forever home would be a dog of a similar size.

If you think you could give Juno the forever home she is looking for, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process.

Dogs Trust Loughborough holds Information Days every Sunday. If you would like to take a tour of the centre, meet members of the team and see the dogs spending time with their canine carers, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/ourcentres to book a place.

5 Top Tips to make your dog a water puppy this summer, plus safety tips for swimming!

Does your dog shy away from the water? Don’t fret – there are things you can do to get them safely confident in the water and have your very own water puppy!

Although many dogs are confident swimmers, there are many pooches out there scared of water – whether that be a large body of it or just the bath! This could be down to their breed, a negative past experience, a nervous temperament or simply because they’ve never seen it before.

Below, experts at Canine Cottages have compiled five top tips to get your pooch to the water, plus safety advice for swimming outside this summertime.

1.       Start them early (if you can!)

If you have a new puppy, then try get them used to the water as soon as possible. In dogs, 5-12 weeks is a critical socialisation period, and they are more likely to accept new experiences (including water) and not be scared of them during this time. So, bath your pup, have them splash around in a paddling pool in the garden or if they’ve had their vaccines and are safe to do so, take them to a dog-friendly beach or lake and familiarise them around water.

2.       Spend time near the water to gain confidence

One of the best ways to build up your dog’s confidence in the water is to spend as much time together near it as you can. Spend time playing by the waterline at the beach or lake to help them get used to it, or walk your dog on an extendable lead and encourage them to walk in the water, knowing you are right there to pull them back if needed. You could also throw a toy or ball into the shallow water and encourage your pooch to retrieve it. Just remember to stay at the distance your dog is comfortable with, and don’t push them too hard.

3.       Teach your dog to swim

Many owners think dogs will take to water and be able to swim straight away, but this isn’t always the case. Many dogs have the natural ability to paddle and swim around in water, but for those who don’t, it’s important to teach them to swim. A dog’s first instinct will be to paddle with only their front legs; encourage them to kick with their back legs too, then make sure your dog is all the way in the water and hold them around the belly. You can either try this in a pool or the sea if it is safe. If your dog looks scared or is panicking, then get out and try another day. And until you know your dog can use all four legs underwater, you should consider a dog buoyancy aid (life vest) for your dog.

4.       Reward your pooch’s hard work

Positive reinforcement is a great way of encouraging your dog to be safe and confident in the water. Alongside plenty of verbal praise and pats, give your dog a treat every time they face their fears and go into the water. This will help encourage them to go in time and time again, knowing there’s a tasty treat at the other side!

5.       Practice!

As always, practice makes perfect! It’s important to remember that building your dog’s confidence in water will take time. It could take weeks, months or even years to get your dog confident in the water and it really does vary from dog to dog. Don’t push them if they are noticeably scared and encourage and reward them as much you can. You’ll be sure to have a water baby on your hands in no time at all!

And if you’re heading out with your pooch in open water this summer, remember these crucial safety tips:

  • Never take your dog swimming in a stagnant body of water, such as a canal
  • Ensure your dog doesn’t get too cold in the water. Look out for key warning signs such as shaking or shivering, and don’t swim on a particularly cold day
  • Avoid reservoirs, fast-flowing rivers and rough seas
  • Be alert of strong currents – check warnings before swimming in open water
  • Check beach flags for warnings before swimming in the sea
  • Sea water can make dogs sick so bring fresh water with you to the beach
  • Be wary of uneven surfaces/rocks in open water which could hurt your dog

Commenting, Shannon Keary, Digital PR Manager at Canine Cottages says: “It is surprising to many dog owners that their pooch may not naturally be able to swim, and it’s important to take the appropriate steps to ensure your dog is safe and confident in any body of water before going in. During the summer months especially, many owners will take their dogs to a beach, lake or river, and will want their furry friend to cool off, but it’s so important to know the risks beforehand. We hope these water confidence tips will help dog owners get their pooch safe in the water for this summer and beyond!”

Bringing your dog to the beach? Be sure to check out this helpful dog beach checklist here for more advice on all you’ll need to pack here.

New figures show scale of dog theft and ‘jaw dropping’ failure to tackle crime

New research from The Kennel Club reveals only 2% of dog theft cases in 2020 resulted in a criminal charge.

As concerns about dog theft soar following the surge in pandemic puppy buying, the statistics shows a shocking failure to tackle a crime that is devastating 196 families every month.

Research gathered by The Kennel Club through Freedom of Information requests to the 45 police forces in the UK to which 36 responded, show that there were an estimated 2,355* cases of dog theft in 2020, which is a 7% increase on 2019 (2,199). This amounts to more than 196 dogs being stolen, to the heartbreak of their owners, every single month.

However, based on the 27 police forces that provided data for dog theft case outcomes in 2020, only 2% cent of all dog theft cases in the UK led to a suspect being charged. These were almost entirely brought in by the Metropolitan Police (9% of all cases dealt with by the force) and Cheshire Constabulary (2% of all cases dealt with by the force).

In 2020, no suspect was identified in more than half of reported dog theft cases and 3% of cases were dismissed as not being in the public interest. In more than a quarter, a suspect was identified but nothing further was done due to ‘evidential difficulties’.

The statistics are revealed 79 days after the Government’s Pet Theft Taskforce was established (8 May) to help tackle the issue – in which time another 508 dogs have been stolen.

The Kennel Club is urging more transparent recording of pet theft on a central database, so that underlying causes of dog theft can be tackled, and for the emotional value of dogs to be recognised in sentencing.

Bill Lambert, Health, Welfare and Breeder Services Executive at The Kennel Club explains: “Dog theft has devastating consequences for both the owners and the pets involved and it is quite frankly jaw dropping that 98 per cent of cases never result in a criminal charge, and in more than half no suspect is ever identified. Not only that, but when a suspect is found and sentenced, dog theft is often treated no more seriously than a petty crime, despite the fact that there is nothing ‘petty’ about pet theft.

“Whilst thankfully most people will never be unfortunate enough to fall victim to this crime, those that do are left totally bereft but without a clear route to justice. We welcome the Government taking this issue seriously and hope that the Taskforce can deliver meaningful change in England and Wales; giving greater transparency in how we report and record this crime, and delivering more proportionate sentences that treat dog theft with the seriousness it deserves. This is needed across the UK – from the Scottish Government and Northern Irish Executive too.”

Amongst the actions being called for as part of The Kennel Club’s ‘Paw and Order: Dog Theft Reform’ campaign is for more resources to be allocated to this crime and for more transparent, centralised collection of data about pet theft, including the number of crimes, arrests and convictions. Currently, there is no central record in order to help decision-makers understand the scale of the problem or the circumstances around it – for example, whether a theft was driven by opportunism or organised crime.

The Kennel Club is also calling for a reclassification of how dog theft is treated in the law, as currently sentences place undue weighting on the monetary value of the pet rather than giving sufficient weight to the emotional impact of the crime. This means it is often treated in the same way as the theft of a laptop or mobile phone, rather than as a category one offence, which carries a maximum of seven years in prison in England and Wales.

Dog owners are reminded that they are unlikely to fall victim to this crime but there are steps they can take to help keep their dogs safe.

Bill continued: “There are steps that people can take to help protect their dogs. A dog should never be left unsupervised, whether out and about or at home in the garden, and it should have a reliable recall, so that you can always be in control of its whereabouts. It’s important that all dogs are microchipped, and that their details are kept up to date with their microchip database, and that information about your dog, such as its value or your address, isn’t shared with strangers.”

To join the ‘Paw and Order: Dog Theft Reform’ campaign in calling for pet theft provisions to be revised to take into account a dog’s role within their family and the devastation caused by the crime, The Kennel Club has produced a downloadable template letter to help the pet-loving public to raise their concerns with their MP and spur Government to change the law.

The downloadable template letter, advice on preventing dog theft and further information on the campaign is available on the organisation’s website: thekennelclub.org.uk/dogtheft

 

Dogs Trust Merseyside finds home for oldest dog

The team at Dogs Trust Merseyside are celebrating after finding their oldest dog her perfect retirement home.

17-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross, Lola, arrived at the Huyton-based rehoming centre in April after her family could sadly no longer take care of her.

Now, three months later, she has headed home with new devoted owners Susie Dixon-Green and Roger Williams, who fell in love with her as soon as they spotted her on the charity’s website.

Susie says: “For a long, long time I have adopted dogs that are poorly and need a little bit of extra TLC, or older dogs like lovely Lola. We were ready to welcome another dog into our lives, and there was Lola. We just thought she was beautiful. She didn’t look her age so although I’d been drawn to her photo, when I saw how old she was it just felt like it was meant to be.”

In the nine months up to the end of March this year, only 5% of people looking to adopt a dog from Dogs Trust were looking for a dog aged 8 or over.

Georgina Lowery, Manager at Dogs Trust Merseyside, says: “Older dogs are often overlooked, and Lola is definitely the oldest dog we have had at the centre for a very long time, and possibly the oldest Staffordshire Bull Terrier Cross we have ever had. She was a much-loved dog and it was so sad that her owners couldn’t keep her, but as soon as she came to us she went into one of our lovely foster homes so that she could continue to enjoy all her home comforts until she found her forever home. We are absolutely delighted that Susie and Roger adopted her and it’s wonderful to know that she is as loved as ever and will thoroughly enjoy her twilight years with them.”

Susie, who lives in Llanfairfechan, says Lola has settled in perfectly, is growing in confidence and enjoys gentle walks and pottering around the garden.

Susie says: “She seems to be really content. She follows me around and I love gardening so she is always with me, looking at what’s going on and sniffing around. She is the oldest dog I have ever adopted and I am just so pleased we’ve been able to give her the home she deserves. We have always found giving a home to an older dog so rewarding, it’s wonderful. We would encourage anyone thinking of rescuing a dog, to consider giving a golden oldie their forever home.”

If you think you could give a Dogs Trust dog their forever home, please go to www.dogstrust.org.uk/rehoming to start the virtual adoption process.

Vulnerable British and Irish breeds competition returns this year

Following the popularity of the Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition in 2019, The Kennel Club has announced that it is taking place again this year, culminating in a grand final at Crufts 2022.

To raise awareness of vulnerable British and Irish breeds, and to recognise those people who are dedicated to their survival and prosperity, The Kennel Club created the competition in 2015. The competition has already proved very popular and at Crufts 2020, Becky Johnson took the title handling the Sussex Spaniel, Sh Ch Yorkham Rocking Rudolph ShCEx, for owners Susan and John Evans.

Following a similar format to the one used in 2019, only the Best of Breed winners at designated championship shows this year (some of which have already taken place) will qualify for the final.

Due to the cancellation of the UK Toydog and National Terrier shows this year, the Crufts Committee has agreed that the qualifying event in these two groups will be the Scottish Kennel Club ‘all breeds’ show.

The competition is open to all vulnerable British and Irish breeds competing at the following championship shows:

Hound:                        Hound Association

Working:                     National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

Pastoral:                     National Working and Pastoral Breeds Society

Gundog:                     National Gundog Association

Toy:                              Scottish Kennel Club (all breeds show)

Terrier:                         Scottish Kennel Club (all breeds show)

Dogs of breeds which are on The Kennel Club’s Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds list who win Best of Breed at the above shows will qualify for the competition and will be invited to compete in the grand final at Crufts 2022. In cases where the Best of Breed winner is unable to compete in the final, the Best Opposite Sex winner will be invited.

Vanessa McAlpine, Crufts Show Manager, said: “The Vulnerable British and Irish Breeds Competition final is a very important event at Crufts. It is a fantastic way to highlight the plight of these breeds and promote them as the wonderful dogs they are. Becky and ‘Wilbur’ certainly did these breeds proud on the famous green carpet at Crufts 2020. It is important that the show societies work with breed clubs of vulnerable British and Irish breeds so that these clubs can inspire their membership to enter the classes and take part in the competition. Crufts is a great showcase for pedigree dogs and the perfect chance to show the world just how special the vulnerable British and Irish breeds really are. We were sad to miss seeing the final at Crufts this year due to reasons beyond everyone’s control, but hopefully next year the final will be back and more exciting than ever.”

To find out more about the competition, please go to bit.ly/3oKtdPy. All Crufts finalists will be notified by The Kennel Club.