Well, all the hoopla aside, Crufts, the "world's largest dog show" has started as planned. The hounds showed yesterday, and it should come as no surprise that a dachshund didn't take the group, as it went to a pharaoh hound.
It's kind of nice for us Yanks that the BBC canceled its Crufts coverage though, because we can watch it live this year at cruftslive.tv. If you become a subscriber, you can watch recorded events. There are also short clips available at the youtube Crufts channel.
If you're unfamiliar with the hoopla across the pond around Crufts, check out EDP24 for a recap. Here's a dachshund lover excerpt: Clare McDonald, 48, of Hevingham, near Aylsham, who has been showing dachshunds with her daughter Laura, 21, for the last 10 years, said it was "disappointing" that the BBC was not broadcasting Crufts this year. "The BBC documentary has made the general public think very badly of pedigree dogs and there was no balanced argument for pedigrees, which has given the dog world a good shake-up," she said.
The above photo shows Laura McDonald with some of their doxies headed for Crufts.
Below are the Dachshund Breed Winners, smooth, longhair, and wirehair, standards and minis. Congratulations! You're all beautiful! See the rest of the winners at the results page.
Related: Crufts Coverage