We are writing this from Crufts, the biggest dog show in the world.
The news of the Barking Blondes’ 12 year old miniature bull terrier has become deaf is a reminder to all dog owners to enjoy their time with their dogs while they can.
Its Crufts at the Birmingham NEC this weekend and we paid a visit on Thursday. Hoping to be fresh for our radio broadcast the following day, we stayed in one of the many hotels on site. If your budget can stretch this far, we reckon this is actually, the best bit.
Whoever would have thought that in the fight for top TV Christmas ratings, two dog-themed programmes would have been placed so prominently in the schedule?
“Absolutely ridiculous,” said Duncan Bannatyne on this week’s Dragons’ Den, when entrepreneur, Marie Sawle pitched her Doggy ice cream and ice treat products. Retailing at around £2.99 a tub (more than many human brands) she was looking for an investment of £60,000.
The shoe designer, Patrick Cox, now has one of the coolest cake shops in Soho. His cupcakes are a work of art and the shop is called Cox, Cookies and Cakes (as a scriptwriter friend of ours often says, “it’s there if you can see it”).
He also has a beautiful bulldog, Caesar. Given to him by Elton John.
It is impressive to see dog and owner competing competently in the agility class. Especially when one has legs like a Queen Anne chair and the other like ‘Twizzle’.
Harry Redknapp has agreed to see us. Not to discuss the finer points of accountancy or the flat back four system, but the best way to clean between wrinkles. Bulldog creases. The BBC sports team are baffled that we have managed to get an interview for our radio show while they are still putting in bids. Like us, Harry is concerned about the breeding credentials for bull breeds.
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