Today I met a 12 year old girl who didn't even have a dog. She had seen the BBC1 documentary with her Gran and she could remember seemingly every frame. She had cried so much and now wanted to do something to help the dogs. Her mum cleans for us and she been brought to our house as it was school holidays.
This girl didn't know what I did for a living and she didn't recognise me from the programme, we just discussed it as if we had both just watched it fresh.
It struck me how much it had moved and motivated this little girl who previously had no opinions on pedigree dogs or the Kennel Club. The four million other people who had watched were probably still talking about it too and still wanting to help change things.
We must get organised and decide what we want - is ratifying the European Convention for Pet Animal Rights the way to go? We know the KC hate it - but is that enough motivation for pushing the Government to sign it?
It's a blunt instrument in many ways.
I think we need the KC to implement the things we've discussed on the blog - and quickly. There are now two petitions - but neither has the wording that completely sums up all that is needed to be done. I think we should get the wording bang on and then do the 10 Downing Street e-petition when the PM is back from his hols early Sept. There have been calls for a demonstration to show the KC that the public aren't going to forget about this - but I'm afraid this might get taken over by extremists as passions are running very high.
Others are writing to MPs - which is good. Some of our lovely readers are even writing to Pedigree and telling them their dogs are boycotting their gravy bones until they take their message of support off the KC genetics site!
I've been asked to write an open letter to good breeders in show dog paper Our Dogs this week - what would you say to best effect?
What do you suggest we do next to keep the pressure up?