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News >> Articles >> Jem goes shopping at Crufts 2018

Jem goes shopping at Crufts 2018

Posted on Friday, 9th March 2018 - 10:54am in Articles by Lezli

Jem takes a canine look at new doggie delights at Crufts this year. 

First up, naturally, it's dog food. Jem's usual diet is a healthy mix of raw meat and veg, plus the lickings of take-away curries and household leftovers. Our problem is what to do when we're out and about finding the new walks for Driving with Dogs. 
Jem won't touch dried food. I've tried it as treats, and every ruse you can think of - but as far as Jem's concerned he'd literally rather starve. The only processed food he totally adores is dried liver treats. Hmm, not great every day, and so not in our tent or hotel room thanks.
So we walked past a lot of Crufts exhibitors promoting their new brands of fresh raw food. Clearly all very on trend. Dogs can't smell through the plastic containers so we came past all of these without any reaction. Jem waved his nose happily towards tins of Butchers tripe and Lilys Kitchen - both these are good travel options he does like. And apparently can recognise the packaging which is a bit worrying!
Then his nose went up, the eyes glazed over and we were heading at speed towards something called Gentle dog food. This is cold pressed food and clearly has that nose-appeal to dogs with eating attitude. 
I came away with a sample, and Jem will be trying it out on an M1 updating session this weekend. 

Funnily enough the Crufts goodie bag had a sample of Zoflora air-freshener so we can road test that in the motel too.
Other shopping treats at Crufts are the 3D sculptures of your dog.  The Arty Lobster display showed an astonishing detail on each dog, down to a chipped tooth on one cheeky crossbreed. These are wonderful and I really want one of Jem. Each dog sculpture is mounted on a solid plinth with the name engraved on the base. They look wonderful.


With nearly 200 walks from the Driving with Dogs website, this handy little book is an ideal guide to the best dog-friendly pubs and dog walks within 5 miles of UK motorway exits.

Like the website walks, you'll also find information about campervan access, disabled facilities, kids' activities, safe parking places, sat-nav codes and written route directions too.

Walking the Dog: Motorway Walks for dogs and drivers is available from the RAC shop (link URL and all the usual online bookstores such as amazon.

If your local bookstore doesn't have a copy in stock, you can order by quoting the ISBN number: 978-1-845841-02-7

Amazon link: Walking the Dog - Motorway walks for drivers and dogs

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