My Own story from Crufts 2008.

From an entry of over 400 Whippets at this Year's Crufts , my very dear owner/breeder/ handled "Robbie" Great Britain Champion, International, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish & Finnish Champion Adagio Love Supreme went Best of Breed.

Wow …. You can imagine how it felt and with such joy and happiness. Robbie showed at his very best and put up a super performance just the way that I want him to look, he is such a companion this guy.
Thank you to specialist judge Morag Bolton-Lockhart (Pencloe) & referee Liz Cartledge.

Robbie and the winner of Best Bitch Spyandfly Sharon Stone judged by Editha Newton (Nevedith) entered the BOB ring and the two judges were to decide which one of the two would win the breed. However, no such decision could be made, so referee Liz Cartledge was called in to decide and her choice was Robbie - Jesus, I almost fainted.

A lot of people have asked me if this was a dream come true and I asked myself can I as a Swedish breeder have a dream of winning BOB at the world's most prestigious dog show with my homebred Whippet - think not. Well, that was not the end …
You can maybe not believe the whole circus that happened after the win, of course all the people who came forward to congratulate me and Robbie; that was emotional I can tell you. I am so proud of my Robbie, he really did his very best!
Maria who was my travel companion with her "Täppas" Ch A. No Regrets was being interviewed by the Kennel Club & BBC telling them what a great dog Robbie is. Then we had to go to the Purina stand where we were congratulated by their team, we also had to walk that long way to their studio for photographing, but all the time escorted by their crew.

Back at the Whippet rings the KC had a steward for us who was going to escort us to the main ring for Group judging, the security for passing through the halls was rigorous. Everybody in the KC's crew was very nice and helpful and we were offered hot and cold drinks before we entered the ring. I was really pleased to meet several other Swedish exhibitors who also had been qualified for the Hound Group competition. This was a bit special as BBC filmed the whole thing for broadcasting later in the evening. In the UK they place four dogs in the Group but first it should be shortlisted and the Group judge Zola Rawson picked out eight out of 29 in the Hound Group and Robbie was among these eight. We were not placed but we were thrilled with our performance. I was so pleased with the day when myself and Robbie walked out of the main ring, just imagine, we had been filmed by the BBC.

After a day like this you really should be exhausted, but I could not feel any tiredness at all. It was lucky that we had decided to stay another night in the UK and not having to catch the ferry to the Netherlands the same evening. The car just flew on Cloud Nine all the way to our night accommodation - we had to drive for three hours that evening/night but it was nothing. We had a nice ride back home through the Netherlands/Germany and Denmark before we reached Sweden. It takes three different ferry-routes to get from the UK to Sweden and we reached home 11.30 PM on Tuesday. Maria and her dog stayed the night at my place and we were happy to be home safe and sound. Next day Maria & Täppas caught a train for their final destination Sundsvall in the middle of Sweden..
Thank You Maria & Täppas for very nice travel company.
Both Robbie & I enjoyed it very much!

It was a joy to meet so many people that had Whippets sired or grandsired by Robbie and to watch some of them getting very high placing. We also collected the special prize for Top Whippet Sire 2007 in the UK given by Dog World & Royal Canin.

I will end this with saying a BIG thank You to Maria Apell & Morgan who took care of the remaining dogs at home, all was perfect when I got back home!

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