Most watching the final at Crufts probably did not expect to see a dog being picked up by its neck and tail. This type of handling in the USA is not frowned upon and the handler and dog come from the USA, but is banned over here and rightly so. Letters are sent by the Kennel Club to overseas competitors telling them so before competing and apparently this type of handling is not tolerated by the Kennel Cub.
So guess what happened to this handler despite being repeatedly warned and agreeing to abide by KC rules and continuing to mishandle her charge by lifting the dog repeatedly by its tail and neck and repeatedly jabbing it in the ribs, right in front of the judge? The judge awarded them the overall breed championship at Crufts.
Apparently the Kennel Club do not tolerate this type of handling, but have a funny way of showing their intolerance, just words, no action, nothing changed there then, you might say.
Two petitions are running on this at the moment and you can sign both if you think the Kennel Club should put their money where their mouth is and actually send out a clear message that this handling is not tolerable by the action of stripping the dog of its title and ban the handler from Crufts. I'm pretty sure the dog will not be upset by either of these actions. Here are the links to the two petitions:
I'm just going to add this after publishing that I don't expect the dog to be stripped of its title or Rebecca Cross to be banned from Crufts, because there is to much dog politics and money envolved for them to do that, but that should not stop us from letting the powers to be know that we are not impressed seeing dogs handled in such a manner, like an object.
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