Crufts 2002 exhibitors passes have now been posted for the event in two weeks time and at the press launch in Londons Green Park on Wednesday of this week the Kennel Club highlighted the varied roles that dogs play in society - search and rescue, drug detention and crime prevention being just some of the areas where dogs superior skills have proved invaluable.
In honour of the service dogs that have given so selflessly of their lives, official service dogs with their handlers met famous novelist and animal lover Jilly Cooper to promote the Animals in War Memorial Fund.
Said Jilly Cooper, Trustee of the Fund, Countless millions of innocent animals have served and died terrible deaths beside our British and Commonwealth armies during the twentieth century. They had no idea why they had been drawn into our conflicts and acted solely out of loyalty and love. The Animals in War Memorial Fund will redress the balance by building a beautiful monument in Park Lane as a constant reminder of the debt we owe our animal allies and will finally give animals the recognition they so richly deserve.
To support the Animals in War Memorial Fund The Kennel Club will be providing a dedicated stand at Crufts to raise funds to turn this proposed monument into a reality.
In addition, two of Crufts newer recruits - the Bolognese with breed classes for the first time and the Leonberger with CCs for the first time - were also present at the launch.