Everyone is going barking mad about Crufts 2018! We were lucky enough to attend on Thursday which is the day dedicated to Working and Pastoral breeds of dog.
What is a working dog? A working dog is the type of canine who can be trained to perform tasks and tricks to assist in work or merely for entertainment such as the agility demonstrations you see on TV at Crufts. Working breeds can be used in the police, as therapy dogs, guide dogs etc. The breeds include Boxers, St.Bernards, Mastiffs, Dobermann, Komondor, German Shepherds and many more.
What is a Pastoral breed? A pastoral breed is typically referred to as a herding dog. These dogs are bred to work with livestock as guardians and to herd the animals around. The Kennel Club’s list of Pastoral breeds include, Collies, Welsh Corgies, Swedish Lapphund, Sheepdogs etc.
Upon arriving at the NEC in Birmingham, UK we were slightly overwhelmed with the size of this event, there’s so much to see and do, we would definitely recommend purchasing a show guide and looking online before you attend to plan out your day. We took our time looking around all the booths and learning about some great new products on the market, we also spent plenty of time over in the ‘Discover Dogs’ area where you can see hundreds of different dogs and breeds from countries across the world, we got slightly sidetracked in this area as we were able to cuddle the most adorable puppy.
We spoke with some fantastic charities throughout the day including rescue dogs, shelters and therapy dogs who have been assisting people with their disabilities, it was really rewarding to see how dogs can have such a positive influence on people’s lives. It was nice to be at an event dedicated to celebrating how great dogs are!
Towards the end of the day we made our way over to the Main Arena which is where you see the majority of the shows and performances on TV. The arena was huge but these dogs didn’t seem phased at all. Watching the dogs in the Freestyle Heelwork to Music category was incredible, the stories and choreography these owners and canines were able to perform was spectacular with Cinderella and her owner sweeping first prize with their Disney inspired tale. We were also able to catch the Kennel Club British Open Agility Final which was equally as impressive. This is the category where the dogs have to race around the arena in an assault course including hurdles, hoops, tunnels and the famous A frame, all of the trainers are kitted out in their sportsgear and sneakers ready to sprint as they have to lead their pups around the course at lightning speed.
If you haven’t caught any of the Crufts coverage this year we would recommend having a look at clips on Youtube or catching the livesteam on the Crufts website.
To start training your own puppy or dog we would recommend beginning with crate training as a first step before you try any of the hoops or hurdles! To check Omlet’s range of fabulous new Fido Studio dog crates, click here.
On our recent tour of the US we had the chance to visit Melissa Caughey, the wonderful blogger behind Tilly’s Nest at the actual nest in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Melissa showed us around historic Cape Cod and we even got the chance to sample some local seafood before we returned to her house to meet her flock of girls and talk all things chicken keeping. Lucky for you, we have the interview in full here:
We are very excited to be continuing our tour of the US with our next stop being in Albany, Oregon for the super fun Mother Earth News Fair. We will be there from the 5th-6th August exhibiting a range of our products including the New Eglu Cube, our Eglu Go UP and the fabulous Outdoor Pet Run. We’re even offering attendees the chance to WIN a $100 voucher, you can also benefit from an exclusive show discount!
With more than 150 workshops, there is no shortage of informative demonstrations and lectures to educate and entertain you over the weekend. Discover more interactive programming than ever before! You will have an opportunity to preserve and make food from scratch, test garden tools, weave fiber, make tinctures, press cider, and more!
For more information head to their website and to buy tickets simply click here.
Martha, The Heavyweight Champion Takes First Place at This Year’s World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
The 125 pound Neapolitan Mastiff, won over the hearts of the crowd and will soon be winning over the hearts of the country tomorrow when she appears on NBC’s Today Show. This drooling, gassy, lovable dog defeated all of her fellow smaller competitors to be crowned the winner and in honour of Martha we want to offer everyone a discount on our NEW Fido Dog Crate range.
For the next 2 weeks we will be offering a fabulous discount of 12.5% off of our new Fido Dog Crate range to celebrate the 125 pound beauty that is Martha.
Just use the code: MARTHA125 when you get to the checkout to receive the 12.5% discount off of your purchase. For full Ts and Cs please see below.
We were absolutely thrilled to be the Hospitality Sponsor for this years World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma, California. It was our first time attending this show and so we weren’t too sure what to expect but WOW did this contest exceed our expectations.
The day started early with us building the winner’s podium out of our new Fido Studio Dog Crate’s. We used the large 36” crate for the middle first place position and then we used two of the smaller 24” crates either side for the 2nd and 3rd place contestants to stand on proudly as runners up.
This was the 29th year the contest has been held in Petaluma and you can tell it was a very popular event as crowds began to gather early on in the day. Contestants were arriving throughout the morning and early afternoon ready for their media appearances and interviews, excitement and anticipation was in the air.
One dog stood out from the get go as she was the only dog on the slightly larger side. Many of the dogs entered are the Chinese Crested breed who notoriously win this competition year after year and so it was quite surprising to see a 125 pound Mastiff in the lineup to enter!
The proceedings started with a ‘Fashion Faux Paw’ event hosted by a local Animal Rescue Charity featuring owners and dogs dressed up in some very dashing outfits including a dog dressed as a banana….strangely enough this wasn’t the craziest thing we saw all day.
Once the fabulous fashion show had completed it was time for the all important event, the one that everyone had been waiting for; The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest. Bob and Sherri kicked things off by introducing the 14 contestants in this year’s competition, who were all being judged by NBC’s Kerry Sanders, Peanuts Illustrator Paige Braddock and returning judge Brian Sobel.
The dogs were being judged on first impressions, unusual attributes and personality. Each dog was paraded along the red carpet and brought up to the stage where the judges could get a close look at each pooches ‘unique’ qualities. What’s great about this competition is it promotes the reasons to adopt pets instead of buying them from a store. One of the Miss Sonoma County Pageant winners said:
“Adopting from shelters is great because you actually save 2 animals lives, the pet you are adopting and then you are making space at the shelter for another animal to be housed” and we couldn’t agree more!
After much deliberation the judges managed to narrow down the finalists of The World’s Ugliest Dog Contest to 3. Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix who had come all the way from Neath, United Kingdom. Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix and Martha, a three and half year old 125lb Neapolitan Mastiff. It was then up to the crowd to decide who would be crowned the winner. Based on the amount of applause and noise made for each finalist the judges finally made their decision and crown Martha, the gassy, drooling, heavyweight Neapolitan Mastiff the Champion of the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
As sponsors each of the winners were entitled to a new Fido Studio Dog Crate but as Martha is a larger breed she kindly donated her prize to the Dogwood Animal Rescue who were the shelter that initially helped Martha to be rehomed.
Martha’s handler Shirley Zindler says the rescue dog underwent several surgeries to be able to see again. Like winner Martha, many dogs were adopted. Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both saved from the homes of hoarders. Even though they were in a competition for their imperfections, their owners saw nothing but beauty. “He’s my sexy boy,” Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her 8-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer.
Don’t forget you can get 12.5% off of our awesome new dog range online at www.omlet.us if you use the code MARTHA125.
“Designed like a piece of contemporary furniture, the fantastic new Fido Studio is more than just an indoor dog crate. It’s the perfect compliment to your home and fulfills your dog’s natural instinct to have a den that they can call their own. The Fido Studio also brilliantly solves the issue of where to store all of your dog’s accessories. The optional wardrobe is a versatile and incredibly practical solution for storing your dog’s coat, treats, favorite toy and lead all in one handy place.”
MARTHA125 discount terms and conditions:
12.5% off offer is only valid from 06/24/2017 – midnight of 07/08/17. MARTHA code must be applied at time of purchase to be applicable. Subject to availability. Omlet Inc. reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any point.
The Mother Earth News Fair is a sustainable lifestyle event which is held across 6 different locations annually. Omlet were lucky enough to attend the Asheville fair in North Carolina over the weekend of the 6th and 7th of May.
The shows gates opened promptly at 9.00am Saturday morning with floods of people entering to experience the fairs many workshops, talks and trade stalls. Exhibitors ranged from organic foods to tractors and everything in between. We were located opposite the GRIT stage which hosted a number of very engaging talks including some wonderful chicken keeping seminars from Patricia Foreman.
Despite the mixed weather conditions Saturday brought with it numbers of people still continued to browse the all the fair had to offer. Sunday the clouds had cleared and beautiful sunshine meant the crowds continued to explore the events diverse range of stands and lectures with many taking advantage of the weekend pass and returning for the second day.
Our team were on hand throughout the show to answer any questions or queries with regards to our products we were thrilled to see so many chicken keeping enthusiasts!
We kicked off our all American summer tour this year at the America’s Family Pet Expo in Costa Mesa, CA and what a weekend to start things off!
We arrived at the OC Fair and Convention Center to start setting up, to exhibit we took an Eglu Cube, an Eglu Go UP, Eglu Go Hutch, Outdoor Pet Run and our brand new Fido Studio Dog Crate. Our stand was located opposite Splash Dogs which was a very entertaining spot to have as we spent all day watching the dogs rehearse for the big show over the weekend…not ideal when we were supposed to be setting up! Nonetheless we got our stand built and it looked great, we were very excited for the show to begin!
The America’s Family Pet Expo is a family friendly event that happens over 3 days in April. The expo is held at the OC Fair and Event Center which is a great venue as there’s a number of indoor and outdoor spaces for visitors to work their way around, over 70,000 visitors came to see the show over the weekend. There’s a number of different breeds and societies for people to see and ask any questions about the pets they’re thinking of getting. There is also some fantastic volunteers working for rescue charities where you can adopt pets and learn more about the adoption process. This was the first year the show had a backyard chicken keeping area which was very well received, many visitors who we spoke to either already had chickens or were thinking of getting them. We spoke to the show organiser after the show and they’re looking forward to hosting an even bigger and better chicken keeping area next year!
We would like to thank the Bichon Rescue of Orange County – Seniors for Seniors and The Southern California Pomeranian Rescue for exhibiting our Fido Studio 24 and to the Alaskan Klee Kai society for exbiting our Fido Studio 36, it was great to receive professional feedback from these groups and also to get the chance for so many dog lovers to see this new products.
The weekend was a great success, the sun was shining all weekend long, (us Brits got a tad bit burnt), we handed out a number of discount codes, balloons and bumper stickers for everyone to enjoy. Come and see us at one of our next fairs to join in the fun!