What a fun and full day both the Thursday and the Saturday.
Thursday was a steady flow of admirers stopping at the Cirneco dell'Etna booth and
all being educated in the origins of the breed and the differences between the Cirnechi
and Pharaoh Hound (they are not miniature Pharaoh's).
With Thursday being Hound and Terrier day there was a great deal of interest in the
hunting ability of the breed and it was nice to have a discussion on the Italian
Hunting trials with Dominic Tricomi (with the translation by Jane) and how the training
of the Cirneco dell'Enta starts as a puppy.
Saturday as soon as we arrived at 8:30am the crowds had started and continued all
day until 6:00pm. More general public and children as you would expect at a weekend
and again we kept the education going. There seamed to be, I feel, a genuine interest
in the breed with many visitors having never seen or heard of the Cirneco dell'Etna
before and some people coming back for a second look at the dogs and more questions.
I trust that Friday was as enjoyable to those who manned the booth as we found it
and I know that Sunday will be a very long and busy day especially with the interest
that will be heightened with the Pharaoh Hound winning Group 1 on Hound Day. Even
more questions about the breed being related to the Pharaoh I expect.
Discover Dogs is such an important event for the Breed to enable people to come and
see the dogs and talk to owners about them.
A big thank you to all who gave up there days to spend time at the Booth but a special
thanks to the Dogs who took part.
The Kennel Club may not get all things right to all people but Discover Dogs has
got to be a renounding success especially to a breed like ours.