Our Animal Care Mentors have a very important job… they care for our rabbits and our hens at school. That may sound like a really lovely job, but most of the time so far, it has been cold, wet and muddy and cleaning out a pooey hen run in sub-zero temperatures in the winter is really not pleasant!

Come rain or shine, these Year 6 pupils, who have been specially trained for the job, undertake these jobs every day and are doing a fantastic job! They also coordinate the other classes who take it in turns to come and help care for our animals.

As a reward for their continued hard work, WildlifeKate took them to Crufts at the NEC for the day! Crufts is the world’s biggest Dog Show and it is in its 125th Year this year.

We arrived at the NEC and were excited to get in… there were people and dogs everywhere!

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We started by visiting the ‘Discover Dogs’ section, which is where all the different breed are. We spent ages talking to all the owners and meeting LOADS of dogs!!

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We also spent time at different displays learning about how dogs help us in all sorts of ways. We all had a chance to spend time with this retriever who was being trained to help deaf people. When the alarm went off, he pulled the duvet off us in bed (we could all do with training our dogs to do this!) He also touched us on the knee when a cooker alarm went off and then pointed with his nose, to the alarm that was making a sound!

We had our lunch in the Main arena, where we watched the Heelwork to Music and some agility which was brill!

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We spent the afternoon watching more displays and even watched a pet artist doing a beautiful picture of a cat!

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We all had a brilliant day and learnt loads about responsible pet care and all the different things that dogs can do if they are properly trained!