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This week between 7th – 10th March, the world-famous dog show Crufts will take place at The NEC, Birmingham. 22,000 dogs will compete for the coveted title of Crufts Best in Show, as well as Best in their own breed or the Obedience Ring. At the same time, dog owners around the country who may or may not be attending, know their four-legged friend would certainly qualify if there were categories for cutest, messiest, fluffiest, noisiest or just simply ‘Best for their family’!
Whilst Rigby could never qualify for a Crufts level of obedience, he does a very good job of feigning it!
When the food cupboard opens, a bag rustles, or any other action gives him reason to believe a treat may be on offer; Rigby drops into a perfect ‘sit’ position. This may lead you to believe that he knows the ‘sit’ command but don’t be fooled. He may well sit if you say so and he feels inclined but this sit position is similar to dropping to his knees and begging. In fact, he has been known to almost shuffle along beside someone in this position if he thinks they may be carrying goodies for him.
If the sit doesn’t work he’ll begin his trick repertoire. Once he’s sat and not received a treat, he’ll try to shake your hand or ‘give the paw’ and if that fails ‘lie-down’ and stare at you intently in a ‘stay’ position. It’s quite an impressive show and as owners, we were quite proud of him and ourselves thinking that each command had been learned individually and could be performed as such. We quickly learnt they would only be performed on his terms – the children and their friends have been quite disappointed when he point-blank refuses to shake and my aspirations to see him on an agility course diminished.
Of course, we wouldn’t have him any other way and enjoy this little quirk and watching him perform it, he’s treated like a Crufts champion whether he is one or not. Since getting Rigby home he has been fed a high-quality natural food, I had read about the ingredients of different dog foods and wanted to be sure the one we chose provided everything to keep him as fit and healthy as possible. He eats a grain free dog food because we wanted his diet to be balanced and complete, full of healthy vitamins and nutrients to support his activity levels, reduce any possibility of allergies and keep his coat looking its fluffiest!
His healthy diet probably also helps to support the category we know he’d beat any other dog in – best rabbit impersonator!
If Rigby really wants your attention he will bounce up and down in front of you, like a bunny rabbit! If the hopping wasn’t enough in itself, somewhere mid-jump his long ears float up and complete the appearance. It’s a cute and funny trick but quite impressive in the height of his bounces and we think he must have learnt it via all the observations of rabbits he does whilst chasing them down on early morning walks in the park. We think that because he can’t resist the bunnies, he thinks that if he acts like one, we won’t be able to resist him either and of course he’s right!
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