It’s been nearly a year since we welcomed Gemma and Peter into the KBTR fold, and through geographic and government restriction challenges, none of us had met face to face.
Crufts 2022 we made it happen.
Our volunteers come from across the UK and we each had our own mammoth journeys to get to the venue.
The sun was not quite shining but it was definitely up there somewhere behind the clouds. It seemed to signal a day of hope and wonder as we each made our way to hall 1. Peter arrived and quickly bumped into long time KBTR supporter Suzi, and we were soon met by Emma, Gayle and Gemma from the rescue.
Many hugs, great sighs of relief and smiles were shared and we started making our way to the Kerry Blue lineup. Grooming tables, proud owners, scissors and brushes greeted us.
Some magical moments were experienced and savoured here, proudly introducing ourselves to the exhibitors and stealing a few Kerry cuddles and kisses, before wishing them all well and the best of luck in the competition.
After this (and a quick grab of a coffee) we made our way up into the adjacent hall towards the Discover Dogs area. The Kerry Blue Terrier breed was being well represented here. Some beautiful dogs on show, meeting and greeting passers by.
Some of the staunchest supporters of the rescue were here representing the breed, and even one of our rescue success stories too.
Then came a surprise.
Mark, our founder was initially not going to be able to make it to join us, but it was a joy to turn around and see him at the event. The whole KBTR gang, together at last.
Lasting thoughts from the event was the organisation and politeness from all the attendees, the staff and the obedience of the dogs.
We met many people who were curious about our organisation and we hope many will check us out and support our work.
Having a chance to represent the KBTR as a group was a great privilege and one we are all eager to repeat.
Helping Kerry Blue Terriers find loving forever homes and sharing their stories.