The Cirneco dell'Etna is still basking in the success of Crufts, this has been helped
by the Pharaoh Hound winning the group for a second time. Spectators can not help
but see the resemblance and have taken not just a passing interest but also actively
spent time questioning the attendants at the Booth about the breed. A full report
on the four days has been published on the web site courtesy of Diane Clarke.
The following is an out take of the day as seen by Jackie Brown who manned the booth
with her husband and 'Amber' .
Having owned and shown an "uncommon" breed in Manchester Terriers, we were already
prepared for the usual questions and comments (What is it? Oh, it's a Pharaoh Hound/Egyptian
Dog puppy etc. etc.). We tried our hardest to get on tv and made it as far as talking
to Marc the vet. By lunchtime on Sunday it was manic but our booth being on a front
corner was ideal as it was a main thoroughfare through the hall and we had two open
sides for crowds to gather - which they certainly did! Although there are not many
Cirnechi in the UK we had turned out in force to share the manning of the stand and
the dogs can only be commended for their patience and good nature as can be seen
from the pics on the website. Many thanks to Diane who organised the whole thing
and was there to the bitter end! We had visitors from all over the world - USA, Australia
and of course, Italy - showing serious interest in the breed and we also had loads
of people stopping us to talk as we tried to go shopping! In summary, a great opportunity
to put the breed in the "shop window" seems to have been incredibly successful. Made
new friends (human and canine), went home tired but happy and drank a bottle of Sicilian
Red........ JACKIE B.
It is a good thing when the Kennel Club get it wright and Discover Dogs if definitely
a positive step in the correct direction to enable people to see all the different
types both K9 and human companions who are able to explain what the breeds are like
to live with. It is an expensive day with gate tickets at £16.00 and then to pay
for parking but I suppose when you compare it against getting the wrong type of dog
it is a small cost.
The Club has seen a benefit with the membership both Limited and Members numbers
rise as a potential direct result of the presence at DD. The Limited members are
at 62 and Members stand at 46 which at a little over a year since the Club/Site started
is great for the breed.