Canine Concern at Crufts 2020

Even though the Crufts Annual Dog Show was in jeopardy of not running this year, with a lot of planning by the Kennel Club to adhere to some strict hand hygiene regulations, it still just went ahead.
Crufts 2020 had the normal stands and shows and everyone appeared to have a good time. We were lucky again to have been invited to attend the Bark and Read stand with the Kennel Club. We are partners with the Kennel Club’s school initiative to help children enjoy reading. Val, our CEO, was involved in discussing the Bark and Read Standards of Practice, ensuring there are guidelines for the schools as well as us, the volunteers.
We had lots of Canine concern volunteers wishing to attend with their dogs and show people, old and young, what reading to a calm, friendly dog can do. We had so many interested members that we had to choose just the first people who got back in touch after the email was sent inviting any members to represent us. We try to give back some fun times to our volunteers. It’s not all hard work but some play and lots of satisfaction.
Here are just some of the happy comments from our lucky members:
Bertie and I had a fab day yesterday on the kennel club “Bark and read” stand. Bertie was amazing with the crowds and the dogs, lots of strokes and he must of eaten his body weight in treats from stalls and the floor ???❤ Thankyou Canine Concern for the opportunity. It was fantastic.

Amber, the lovely yellow Labrador who just missed out going last year managed just about this year, but that will almost certainly be her last possible visit as she is now 14.


We had a wonderful time at Crufts today.

Thank you for letting us be part of the Canine Concern gang

Thank you for letting us represent the charity again on Friday at Crufts. We had a super day out. I was very proud of our volunteers for being so present this year across the four days.







Bea enjoyed lots of fuss and attention whilst on the stand

and whilst walking round!

Got to talk to lots of people who took information

and showed an interest in joining CC.

Great to meet fellow Canine Concern members at the Bark and Read stand today.

Here’s Zephyr enjoying a story very well read.

Zephyr was another one with a very full tummy from all the goodies dished out!

Some highlights from our final day at Crufts 2000 and what a great weekend it has been for both dogs and visitors to the Kennel Club Bark & Read stand. Well done to everyone who came along.










We’ve had a FAB time at Crufts! It was really lovely to meet other members and to talk about what our amazing dogs do. Cerys loved meeting people and has been zonked out on the way home!

Several of our members were on Discover Dogs stands, John and Jane with their Shelties on Discover Dogs, promoting our charity as well as the breed.








We even had our tripawd (3 legged) dog from Essex, Maggie, a Bulgarian rescue, with Karen, win her Kennel Club Good Citizen Scheme group in the Scruffts  











Ann with her Chihuahua, Pixie, won yearling bitch, smooth coat chihuahua breed class and then went back in the ring to challenge for best of breed.

Sue also qualified with her Golden Retriever, Isla, a childhood dream that came true.








All in all, for these Canine Concern members and many others, a great time was had promoting the Bark and Read (Read to Dogs) Scheme and our charity Canine Concern. Our thanks to the Kennel Club for inviting us along. Looking forward to Crufts 2021!!