[ September 10, 2021 by Discover Dogs ]

Cyrus – Discover Dogs – meet the hero dogs behind the campaign

Dog’s name: Cyrus

Dog’s age: 7

Dog’s breed: Afghan Hound

From: Reading

Dog’s favourite toy: Anything! At the moment a wind up cat toy 

Dog’s favourite treat: Liver or a peanut butter biscuit

 

Do you participate in any canine activities, or have you come to Discover Dogs or Crufts before?

We go to Discover Dogs every year, on the Afghan Hound booth to tell people all about the breed. We also compete at dog shows with Cyrus and his sisters. 

 

Would you say your dog helped you through lockdown? How? 

Our dogs kept us going through the pandemic – without them we just wouldn’t have gone out at all. Although we couldn’t meet people during lockdown, we could get out for them, but it also helped us through. 

[ September 10, 2021 by Discover Dogs ]

Zuri – Discover Dogs – meet the hero dogs behind the campaign

Dog’s name: Zuri

Dog’s age: 2

Dog’s breed: Samoyed

From: Holmfirth, West Yorkshire 

Dog’s favourite toy: Honking duck

Dog’s favourite treat: Chocolate, cheese and fish

 

Do you participate in any canine activities, or have you come to Discover Dogs or Crufts before?

Zuri really enjoys hoopers, agility, dog parkour and obedience. She also does canicross but with less enthusiasm. 

 

Would you say your dog helped you through lockdown? How? 

Zuri is a very sociable dog and loves saying hello to all dogs and people so during lockdown taking her for a walk encouraged us to talk to people, making new friends which helped us all through the trials of the pandemic. Zuri has lots of local dog friends, who can often be seen waiting at our garden gate to see if she’s coming out to play. 

Zuri is very family orientated and provides support for everyone. Her human dad was diagnosed with a heart condition during lockdown and Zuri has been helping him providing cuddles and kisses as well as being gentle and well behaved on walks allowing him to walk her as part of his recovery. 

[ September 10, 2021 by Discover Dogs ]

Millie – Discover Dogs – meet the hero dogs behind the campaign

Dog’s name: Millie

Dog’s age: 3

Dog’s breed: Yorkshire Terrier

From: Scotland, South Ayrshire 

Dog’s favourite toy: Cow’s hooves 

Dog’s favourite treat: Chicken

Dog’s unusual habit: She thinks she’s human! 

 

Do you participate in any canine activities, or have you come to Discover Dogs or Crufts before?

We take part in breed shows and have been to Crufts.

 

Would you say your dog helped you through lockdown? How? 

I appreciated Millie more than ever during lockdown, spending time with her became an outlet. My son is autistic and him and Millie have really bonded – he’s very sensitive around her and she gets him like nobody else does. 

[ September 10, 2021 by Discover Dogs ]

Evie – Discover Dogs – meet the hero dogs behind the campaign

Dog’s name: Evie

Dog’s age: 3

Dog’s breed: Cocker Spaniel

From: Northampton

Dog’s favourite toy: Tennis ball

Dog’s favourite treat: Salmon bites

Dog’s unusual habit: She will find every single piece of kibble if we scatter a handful around! She loves to work – in any situation.

Do you participate in any canine activities, or have you come to Discover Dogs or Crufts before?

We go to Discover Dogs together every year, along with my other Cocker Spaniel Anna, and meet lots of potential owners to chat about the breed. We also participate in breed shows at all levels, with some success, and we’re excited to be attending Crufts 2022. Evie also does agility and she excels at it, she’s so fast. Taking on agility was definitely a bit of a learning curve for us both, you have to teach and work hard too! It’s quite unusual that Evie is a show dog and an agility dog – but she’s so intelligent she does just adapt.

Would you say your dog helped you through lockdown? How? 

My dogs crucially helped me to maintain my fitness (and spirits!) during lockdown. Even though you couldn’t meet people to exercise, we were still exercising together and that benefited both of us. Evie really kept my spirits up too when we couldn’t see others and the pandemic was having a huge impact on life.

Do you think dogs have been a lifeline for lots of owners during the pandemic? Why? 

If you’ve got a dog, it’s a reason to get up in the morning. Their companionship is like no other; dogs are always are there for you, at every moment of the day. I’m a groomer and clients regularly tell me how their dogs have been their lifeline – pandemic or not.