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CRUFT - BIRMINGHAM, ENGALND



2011

I have been in England at Cruft and visited friends.

This journey I have planned for some time now since I this time was going over to take home little Alpie, Neibade`s April Alp. It is two years since I took him to England and now he come back again to Norway to live here with us in Kennel Imrun.
Friday 11th March I drove to my friends Linn and Jacinto, Kennel El Nuciero, and spent the night there.
Saturday 12th March I took the plane from Rygge airprot to Stansted, I landed 0800 and when I came out Jessica Grüninger, Kennel Darkle, was there to pick me up. We drove to a cafe and had a proper English breakfast.
Again I had the pleasure to come with Jessica and her dogs on one of their walks and what a lovely area to walk in, lucky dogs. We just had a wonderful relaxing day together with the dogs and took an early night since we had to get up in the middle of the night to get ready and drive to Cruft.
Sunday 13th March and Cruft day. This is heaven for us dog-people and for me personal, I don`t even have words to describe it to see all this affenpinschers (here we usually have between 5-10 affens in a show, more at the big shows but not like here), talk to all the people, admire all the nice dogs and just have a good time. I spent the day with old friends, my breeders and got som new ones too.
Jessica had entered four of her boys for todays show; In Special Puppy - Dog it was Darkle Daring And Brave - Wilberforce, in Post Graduate - Dog it was Darkle Dominion - Mordecai, in Open - Dog it was Neibade`s April Alp - Alpie and in Veteran - Dog it was CH Downsbank Tattiebogle With Marchog - Hamish and the result speak for it self; 3 first prizes, 1 third prize, CC and BOB - Congratulation and well done Jessica.
1600 I took Alpie and walked to the shuttle-train that took us in to Birmingham airport were we checked in with City Airline. City Airline is a Swedish company and get 6 stars from me, they allow pet in cabin from England and they also had the best service I have had for a very long time.
The plane took of at 1900 and we landed in Gothenburg at 2200 (two hours it took, we set the clock one hour forward). From there we took a taxi to Apple hotel and spent the night there before we took the train back to Norway.
A busy trip it was with lot of impressions but what a fantastic time I had and thank you so much Jessica for your hospitality and everything.

Picture 1: The Affenpinscher Club`s stand
Picture 2: Here are we or the dogs at our places

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Picture 1-2: First prize winner in Special Puppy class - Dog: Darkle Daring And Brave
Picture 3: First prize winner Veteran class - Dog: CH Downsbank Tattiebogle With Marchog

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Picture 1-4: First prize winner in Post Graduate class - Dog: Darkle Dominion. He also got the CC and became BOB just like his grandfather CH Downsbank Tattiebogle With Marchog did in 2008, him you see in picture 3 above

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Picture 1-2: Third prize winner in Open class - Dog: Neibade`s April Alp

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From our walk on Saturday


Sit back and just enjoy the wonderful walk, it is so nice for the dogs here and they run, sniffing around and play the whole time. I am sure if they could have talked they would have shouthed jipppe we love it

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2009

I and Kari has been in England at Cruft and visited friends.

This journey we have planned for a long time since I was going over with little Alpie, Neibade`s April Alp, to Jessica and was going to take my little
Rosie, Capricho Ille Anclentanne, back home with me again.
From the beginning we planned to drive but changed our minds after the planning was going ahead. At the end we decided to go by plane, train and boat and was very excited about this.
We started the journey early in the morning Wednesday 3 March, I and Alpie was droven to the airort by my mum at 0445 and arrived at the airport 0615. We booked in and the plane took of at 0745 for Schiphol in Amsterdam. I and Alpie arrived at Schiphol 0930 and there Kari and Boris was already waiting for us.
After some reorganizing in our suitcases and exchange of the dogs cages we took the train to Rotterdam Central and from there to Hook of Holland were the ferry we was going with was, the time was now 1210 and the ferry was leaving at 1430. We walked the dogs and then booked in.

I must brag about our yourney in Holland, we meet so many nice people and all of them was so helpful, no matter when, what or whom we asked we only meet people who was ready to help.
The trains and the schedule are not something we Norwegian are used to, they were always on time and it was not long between them.
On board in the ferry we meet the staff and they were Dutch and again I have to say that I am so impressed over such service.
Alpie and Boris was booked in to the boats kennel and that was a warm room with big cages in outside on deck 8. We got a code to the door and could go and see to them as often as we wanted to. And of what we could see they spent a good time in there, resting and talking to two other dogs who also was going to Cruft, they came from Sweden.

The journey over was calm and pleasent so we relaxed and had dinner. At 1945 we arrived Harwich were Jessica was waiting for us.

                                                 
Here is a picture from inside the kennel were
  The boat we were on, Holandica    the dogs spent their time during the journey

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It took about two hours with car from Harwich til Hertfordshire and Potters Bar were Jessica lives and it was really good to finally come there even if the journey went so well it was many hours with travelling and many new impressions.

THURSDAY A day that went to recover after the journey. We took the dogs for a walk and then we groomed the ones who was going to Cruft the day after.
Alpie thought it was fun and exciting to meet the new affenpinschers and he did go well with all Jessica`s dogs.
In the afternoon we went to the vet so Boris and Rosie could get their tablett and health check so they were ready to travel to Norway on Sunday.

FRIDAY The day started early and 0530 we sat in the car on our way to Birmingham and Cruft.
What a fantastic day for a dog and show lover, to get the pleasure to see so many affenpinschere at one place .
We were there around 0700 and had good time before the judging started, 0900.
Inside I meet several people I knew, Pippin`s breeder Janet, Kennel Jarube was already there and many others.
I sat ringside and saw everything that happened inside the ring and together with me sat Gina, Kennel Caprich, that is our little Rosie`s breeder. All the others also came when they did not show their dogs.
My height for the day must have been when my Rosie got second in her class - special puppy and she also qualified for Cruft 2010. Both I and Gina was very pleased with our little girl.
Some shopping we also had to squeeze in and a bit of this and a bit of that found it`s place in the handbag. It is so many stands there so you have no chance to reach them all.
Kari and I was also interviewed by the local radio, something we thought was fun and a bit scary.
After a long day with lots of affenpinscher talk in nice company we went home to Potters Bar again and there we were around 1830.


Picture one: Here we are in the parking space almost ready to go inside
Picture two:
Jessica`s Mole, Darkle Devil May Care, was the first to enter the ring in veteran calss. Mole won this class
Picture three:
We bought some stuff from the stand to the affenpinscher club too before the show started
Picture four:
Boris and Kari in the ring, open class
Ficture five:
This picture is taken outside were the radio broadcasting was and were I and Kari was interviewed.
They asked about the affenpinscher and about our journey from Norway to England.


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SATURDAY We enjoyed the brakfast and sat for a while and relaxed with a cop of tea and just took it all in what we had experienced at Cruft the day before.
And then we drove out and looked around in Potters Bar and after that we went to Marks & Spencer were we shopped some more, something that was absolutly necessary of course :)
After lunch Janet, Pippin`s breeder - Kennel Jarube, came and took us home to her place and there we spent some lovly hours. I got to see several of Pippins reletives and that was so fun for me and of course more dog talking, something we never get tired of.
Afterwards Janet took us to a pub, Crooked Chimney it was called, were Janet bought us all dinner. I now did get a dream who became true, I have always wanted to go to an English pub and eat, have seen to much on the TV about the English pubs. But the Crooked Chimney did not let me down, it was all what I have expected an English pub to be.
We ate breaded muchrooms for starters and that was very good - crisp flat mushrooms with smoked garlic dip.
For dinner both I and Kari had beef, mushrooms and guinness pie, absolutly a pleasure and  for desserts we had Eves pudding.

Picture one:
We went out in Janet`s garden and looked at all the dogs. Jamie, Jarube Not Two Knight, who is the son of Eric, Pippin`s  brother. Jamie was so similar to my Pippin so I thought I saw the wrong dog.
Picture two:
Here I am together with Pippin`s grandmother, Hanna as she is called - Kilbarchan`s Mad Maggie at Jarube


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Picture one: Dora, Eric and Jamie
Picture two: Janet`s daughter in law, Sarah made a lovely cake for us that was served with tea. The cake tasted just as good as it`s looks :)


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  The Crooked Chimney
Here we ate (Kari, Jessica, Janet and me) dinner.

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SUNDAY We had a wonderful day just relaxing and fun.
The day started with a good breakfast and after that we took the dogs for their walk. First it was the girls and Alpie and afterwards it was the boys turn.
It is very nice to walk the dogs were Jessica lives, big fields were they were allowed to run free.
I also took the time to take some great pictures of Clooney`s handsome brother and beautiful daughter.
After our walks we went to a local pub were Jessica bought us and her good friend Fran an English lunch. The lunch was yourkshire pudding and bread and butter pudding for dessert - lovely just like everything we got served in England.
At 1945 it was time to go to Harwich and to the boat we were going with.


     Pictures from our walk

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                      Clooney`s handsome brother Mouse, Darkle Double Tongued
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   Clooney`s beautiful daughter,         The pub we had lunch at
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We arrived Harwich around 2200 and it was time to say good bye to Jessica.
We went inside and arranged the dogs in to the kennel and us in the cabin. We had some supper and went early to bed.
Early next morning we came to Hook of Holland and took train back to Schiphol and everything went absolutly perfect like last time. This is a rute I can highly recommend if you are going to England with your dog.
I, Kari,  Boris and Rosie had very good time at Schiphol so we just relaxed, walked the dogs and gave them food.
Rosie is a little charming troll and she did a very good job on all the people she meet.


Picture one: Me and Rosie waiting for the boat to stop so we can go out
Picture two: Kari with all our luggage and the dogs, we are waiting for the train from Rotterdam to Schiphol
Picture three:
My little princess Rosie, Capricho Ille Anclentanne

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Kari and Boris went before us and they were home in Stavanger around 17, I and Rosie had to wait for some time and landed at Gardermoen around 2030. Rosie slept the whole way home in her bag and when she was awake we walked out in Norway to all the snow.

This has been a very nice journey in more than one way and I am happy to do it again sometime.
Thank you all for a great day at Cruft.
I want to say thank you Kari for lovely company, always a joy to travel with you.
Thank you Gina, Kennel Capricho, for a lovely day we had together at Cruft and for letting me have Rosie.
Thank you Janet, Kennel Jarube, also for a lovely day at Cruft and for taking us home to your place. And for that lovely dinner at the Crooked Chimney.
And Jessica, Kennel Darkle, thank you so much for having us living in your home, driving us all over, looking after Rosie so well for me and all the other things too.
I will think of this journey for a long time forward and maybe I come back already next year, you never now.




2008

Kari (Boris`mum) and I started to plan a trip to England and Cruft right after Boris became BOS on the Bjerke-show and qualifyed for Cruft last summer, I got the ACT-number and arranged all around Boris`entering the Cruft. Janet, Pippin`s breeder, helped me a lot and thank you so much Janet for all the help.
When I was going to England the 5th Mars it was not only for the show at Cruft, I have for a long time now had contact with Jessica Gruninger - Kennel Darkle in England because I have for a long time wanted to buy one of her very nice dogs.
Depature was getting closer and we had to order tickets for Boris and for the new boy who was comming home with us. We found out that it would have been very expencive, complicated and hard for Boris too so we came to the decision that Boris was not comming with us this time.
After many mails and phone calls between me and Jessica we decided that I should take
Darkle Dishily Dishevelled, Clooney, with me back home. the first I saw of Clooney was some pictures that Jessica got someone to take of him and I was sold, and I was really looking forward to see him in real life.
When I finally meet Jessica and Clooney outside of Cruft I thougt Clooney was absolutely delightful and now we do not have only 1 English prince anymore but 2.
I wish to thank Jessica who trust me one of her little boys and I will do everything in my power to live up to it.
This show-day I meet our dear Pippin`s breeder for the very first time also, it was so good to meet you Janet after talking to you on the phone for almost 3 years now.
It was the first time I have seen so many affenpinschere together at the same place, 80 was entered to the show. The most exciting thing for me at the show was that Clooney`s dad, CH Downsbank Tattie Bogle With Marchog became 1BM and BOB. For pictures from the show look
here
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Kari and I had a nice day in Birmingham on Wednesday and saw a bit before we went to bed totally worn out.


Picture one: The hotel we lived at, a bit out of centrum
Picture two: Birmingham centrum
Picture three: A English Bobby

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