Our four-legged founding father Millbry Hill Jones Esq has put pen to paper again and writes: “What a splendid time of year! Crufts is just around the corner and scores of my distant cousins from all four corners of the globe are preparing to take part in the world’s largest dog show.
“I recall the time it began, started by a dear chap called Charles Cruft at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington.
“It was around 1878 when our paths first crossed – Cruft was a travelling salesman who was doing a roaring trade in the dog biscuit business with people falling over themselves to buy the products he was selling.
“He was also dipping his toes into the waters of the fancy dog show scene and, if memory serves me correctly, it was following a suggestion from the Duchess of Newcastle that Cruft set about organising a series of terrier shows at the Royal Aquarium in Westminster in the late 1880s.
“The rest as they say is history – which you’ll find here.
“We’ll be keeping tabs on all the comings and goings at this year’s show – and we’ll be rooting for our Richmond store manager Christine Garrett who is showing her darling Akitas.
“Whilst we accept some of us will never look as stunning as those beauties in Birmingham, it shouldn’t stop us from trying and at Millbry Hill we’ve got a range of grooming products to keep coats in tip top condition.”
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Let me introduce myself. My name is Millbry Hill Jones Esq. I’m the dapper driving force behind the swanky country store, Millbry Hill. It was way back in 1925 that I helped to found the parent company Armstrong Richardson and since then my spiffing team has served generations of fine folk. From time to time I like to share some tales with you from my years as a young pup when I travelled the globe at the end of the 1800s before returning to my roots in Yorkshire to set up the company. Of course my entries rely on your imagination, generosity of spirit and exceptional good humour.