Scone Palace has announced a very special guest for their Paws at the Palace event this summer - viral Cruft's sensation, Kratu, the Romanian rescue dog.
The unlikely agility star of Crufts for the last two years, Kratu may not have been in the running for any rosettes, but his underdog performance in the ring and cheeky character certainly won the hearts of fans from all over the world.
Delighted crowds watched Kratu wreak havoc around the Crufts agility course at the Birmingham NEC earlier this year and his "shaggy dog story" provided the perfect antidote to the doom and gloom of challenging political times. With millions viewing his hilarious antics on You Tube, Kratu hit the headlines across the globe.
Kratu, a Mioritic-Carpathian cross, will be delighted to meet his Perthshire fans when he makes a special appearance at the Paws at the Palace event at Scone Palace on Sunday 30 June. Owner and trainer Tess Eagle Swan will also be lending her skills to help judge the fun show activities, and with an agility course on site, there may even be a chance to see Kratu perform - as only he can!
Run in partnership with Dog Friendly Perthshire, Paws in the Palace is aiming to be Scotland's largest outdoor event solely for dogs and their owners.
Heather McArthur, Events Manager at Scone Palace, says:
"We are thrilled to roll out the red carpet for Tess and Kratu and welcome them to Scone Palace as our VIP guests at Paws at the Palace. We've got an all-day programme of doggy themed fun and games planned, including a fun-show in partnership with local charity Giraffe, parades of dog breeds, agility classes and some paw-some demonstrations to enjoy. On the day there will be be plenty to entertain the whole family, not just our four-legged friends."
Tess and Kratu will be enjoying dog-friendly accommodation at The Atholl Arms Hotel in Dunkeld, recently awarded Pet Friendly Hotel of the Year in the 2019 Scottish Hotel Awards.
Katie McCandless Thomas, who runs Dog Friendly Perthshire commented:
"The news that Kratu is coming to Paws at the Palace is a fantastic way to celebrate the first anniversary of Dog Friendly Perthshire. We've spent the last year promoting Perthshire as the ‘Dog Friendly Capital of Scotland' and encouraging the Big County's shops, bars and restaurants to welcome dogs as a boost for tourism in the area. It's wonderful to see businesses like Scone Palace and The Atholl Arms Hotel reap the benefit from this approach. Kratu has a worldwide following, and his visit is the perfect opportunity to shine a spotlight on everything that Dog Friendly Perthshire has to offer."
Kratu's owner Tess has been overwhelmed with the global interest in her happy-go-lucky rescue dog but is incredibly proud of how far he has come:
"I rescued Kratu when he was a few weeks old from a very dangerous situation. He went in to foster with my friend in Romania and I would talk to him using Whatsapp. When he came to the UK he already knew my voice and we had an instant bond.
We do a lot of training with the training specialist team at Wood Green the Animals Charity. Kratu loves training and learns quickly. He makes me laugh with his antics. He loves to perform tricks and does them all the time. He is a natural clown, and if he doesn't like something, he won't do it! He is such a big character and has made me up my game considerably."
As well as agility, Kratu has also been trained in many other methods including obedience. He is also an assistance dog for Tess who is autistic. Last year Kratu attended a film screening at the European Parliament and is now an ambassador for rescue dogs worldwide. Find out more about Kratu at www.kratutherescuedog.co.uk or on his Facebook page Kratu the rescue dog.
Visitors to the event will be charged admission to the Palace grounds. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly and are available at https://scone-palace.co.uk/whats-on/paws-palace