In the middle of February, K9 CleanCoats took a trip to Granada, Andalusia. This came about as a result of sending a K9 CleanCoat over to the lovely Margaret & David Watson for their Standard Poodle, Nico.
We were keen to see Nico in the show ring & promote K9 CleanCoats to exhibitors attending the dog show.
We arrived in Granada 3 days in advance to do some sightseeing. So often when attending shows, we never see anything outside the doors of the venue.
We spent a fabulous day wandering around the “Red Castle” & its gardens, set high on the hillside above the city.
Its origins as a fortress can be traced back to at least the 9th century. The magnificent palace we saw did not begin to take shape until the 13th century. It fell into ruin in the 18th century.
This was another fascinating day spent outside of a dog show. We thoroughly enjoyed the butterfly park, the Bio-Dome, the falconry display, the planetarium and the butterfly park.
Our trip began to take a downturn when we popped into the Carrefour supermarket. Within the Pet Shop, there were a selection of very young, sad-looking puppies for sale under bright lights in glass tanks.
Granada Dog Show – 18th & 19th February
Things got worse when we got to the dog show. We were shocked to see so many breeds with cropped ears & docked tails, banned in so much of Europe now.
We saw some very rough handling, filthy dogs in very poor condition & many left in crates in the sun without water or bedding.