Crufts: A four-day event that sees dog lovers flock to Birmingham to watch a whole range of pedigree breeds perform stunts, take part in agility courses and show off their obedience.
There’s nothing inappropriate about that, right? No, wrong!
This disgusting event, which my parents actually attended as spectators when I was a child for some bizarre reason, forces these poor babies to perform on command for nothing – except to walk away with a poxy trophy at the end so their selfish owners can add it to their glass cabinets.
I find it totally baffling that people who claim they’re “dog specialists” can rate one pooch over another based on the length of its legs, how long its nose is or how small its head is.
As far as I’m concerned, all domestic animals – regardless of their breed, age and talents – deserve a loving home that will ensure all their needs are met in order to give them the best life.
Now we move on to the topic of pedigree.
What’s so wrong with a pure breed? Or in other words, what’s NOT wrong with a pure breed? Since when is it deemed humane to allow a human being – who seemingly think they have more right to walk this earth than fellow earthlings – to decide they want to alter your look?
Apparently your head is too round so they flatten your skull to the point where it no longer fits your brain. The pressure in your head is so extreme that you’re in agony 24/7 until the day you die.
You wouldn’t wish that on your worst enemy, would you? That’s exactly what’s happened to Cavalier King Charles. These affectionate spaniels – who are expected to live around 10 years – have been bred to suffer like this just so they can be in with the shot of winning a ribbon.
And it’s not just CKC that are put through this horrific breeding process as many English bulldogs struggle to breathe because of their scrunched up faces, narrow nostrils and slim windpipe.
Sitting in a bath for countless hours sounds like a dream, right? Having your hair fiddled around with and a beautiful bow slotted on top of your head is everything we’ve always wanted. But the majority of those dogs are forced to sit in lukewarm water until their fur smells like roses. They’re then blow dried and sprayed with perfume before being paraded in front of judges.
Don’t get me wrong, my mum’s dog Honey is super pampered. She has her own bed, she gets fed expensive nutritious food, she gets walked twice/three times a day and has a whole box filled with toys.
But when it boils down to it, will she really remember all of that when she’s taking her last breath? Probably not. But she will, however, no doubt use the last bit of energy she has left in her to give my family one last lick before she closes her eyes and heads off to rainbow bridge.
I’ve been looking at the Crufts hashtag on Twitter the past few days – in the run up to the event this year – to gauge how people feel about the competition. It’s actually shocking to see so many people excited about attending or watching dogs be treated like toys for human entertainment.
Although some people still don’t understand what truly goes on in the run up to those kind of competitions, others are starting to take notice.
The RSPCA distanced itself from Crufts in 2008 because they felt the show “encouraged both the intentional breeding of deformed and disabled dogs and the inbreeding of closely related animals.”
The BBC – which used to air the whole event on television – also ended its relationship with Crufts in 2008 after the eye-opening documentary ‘Pedigree Dogs Exposed’ was aired.
Despite all of this, Crufts is still a highly popular event but I hope in the years to come it – and other competitions like this – will be banned completely and dogs can be left alone to just be, well, dogs.