Whispa the whippet, and the two salukis Myth and Kali, pictured here with their owners and supporters, are bound for Crufts in March. *Photo supplied
Whispa the whippet, and the two salukis Myth and Kali, pictured here with their owners and supporters, are bound for Crufts in March. *Photo supplied

WEDNESDAY, FEB 29: Three dogs from Bermuda will be taking part in this year’s Crufts.

Whispa the whippet, and two salukis called Myth and Kali, along with their owners will be flying to the UK at the beginning of March to take part in the event.

All three dogs won the right to appear at Crufts after taking part in the Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC) Championship All Breed Conformation Dog Shows last October.

A Canadian chihuahua owned by Lynne McLellan, who is a regular visitor to the island, also qualified by taking part in the BKC show.

It was the first time that dogs taking part in the Bermudian competition could qualify for Crufts.

Crufts is one of the largest dog events in the world with nearly 22,000 dogs entered in various disciplines. It will be held at the NEC Arena in Birmingham between March 8 and 11.

BKC Show chairman, Carole Havercroft, who also owns Myth and Kali, said: “This is very exciting news for the BKC and the local dog show community.

“About 20 people from Bermuda are travelling to be there and support the Bermuda exhibitors.

“Many are planning to take Bermuda flags and make sure everyone knows that Bermuda is there.”

British Airways has agreed to sponsor the three Bermuda entries by waiving the freight charges to the UK.

Ms Havercroft added: “Shipping dogs to the UK is an expensive venture and we are very grateful and appreciative to British Airways for arranging this.

Kathy Williams, who owns Whispa, added: “Going to show our dogs in Crufts is a dream come true. We are all very excited and have been busy preparing the travel arrangements for the dogs.

“Organizing the humans’ air travel arrangements is much easier, but British Airways have been very helpful.”