Our first blog post needed to be a special one and we couldn't think of anything better than telling you all about our first Crufts experience!
One of our highlights had to be our interview with Iwan Thomas that was aired on the Crufts programme on More 4 - OMG we were on TV! (you can find it on catch up on All 4, first episode just after the second ad break!) Bruno was a little star and took to the cameras like a pro!
So why were we at Crufts? We have been working alongside the Kennel Club to look at the impact of popular dogs on social media and breed choice. Whilst we wanted to give our followers a chance to come and meet Bruno in 'dogson' we also wanted to raise awareness around the breed characteristics and to make sure people researched Dachshunds as a breed before getting one rather than buying one because they are cute! What better place to do this than at Crufts, the world's largest dog show!
One of the really lovely things about Crufts was that we got to meet the people behind the wonderful brands that send us goodies through the post (and we got to make friends with some new ones too!).
Lead the Walk and Bark and Beyond PR (these guys gave me the most dapper denim jacket!).
Now onto the most important people to us - our FOLLOWERS! We were honestly shocked and overwhelmed at the number of people who came to meet Bruno over the four days, we even had queues forming over the weekend - WOW!
We absolutely loved hearing people's stories of why they love Bruno, how long they have been following him for and a few people even told us Bruno was the reason they bought a Dachshund themselves (see us social media dogs really do have an impact on breed choice!) Someone even named their Dachshund Bruno after Bruno!
We met a really special little girl who had drawn the most wonderful picture of Bruno and wrote the sweetest message on the back - Bruno really does have the best followers!
A huge thank you to the Kennel Club too for providing us with a photo booth for Bruno's followers to take a photo home with them! People also had the opportunity to make a donation to the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and I'm looking forward to hearing how much money we made for the charity!
Me and the mums!
We also felt we should give a special mention to our hotel Hogarth's as they were super lovely and made me feel really special (it's not that easy to find such a lovely dog friendly hotel!)
I had a blanket, bowl and treats waiting for me in the room
The bed was super comfy too
There are so many more highlights like being on Channel 5 news and meeting Mark Wright from TOWIE but we had better stop writing or our first blog post will turn into an essay!
We hope you enjoyed reading about our Crufts adventure, do leave us a comment if you'd like to ask any questions!
Licks and woofs Bruno and mum.