Vision largely blocked by his fur, and guided by his nose, Chikku sniffed the camera in front of his face and turning his face away after satisfying himself that the thing in front of him was not food.
The three-year-old toy poodle with brownish-gold fur was one of the 300 entries at the dog show organised by Karavali Kennel Club in Kadri Park on Sunday. The dogs included more than 30 breeds.
A number of people came to see the dogs, which were truly a sight: one resembled a thinner version of a white tiger. One of the Great Danes brought to the show had a great coat dotted with black spots.
Slightly over three feet in height, the dog attracted a lot of attention. Resident of Bejai new road Jude Goveas had brought his seven-month-old Boxer pup Bubbles to the show. This one too attracted a lot of attention as one of its eyes was blue and the other was black.
If one dog had arresting eyes and another was somewhat larger than life, one dog owner attracted attention to her dog in another way. Seated on a fur-like coat atop a chair next to her, the Daschund was dressed in a polka-dot frilled costume.
But the most unusual dog at the show had something white tied around its ears.
A closer look revealed that it was a bandage.
The owner Antony Dennis who hails from Mulky said that he had got the dog's ears “chopped” so that it added to the dog's appearance. He said that until it was banned in September under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, it was a routine thing done by any veterinarian.
Prasad Aithal, secretary of the club, said that the dog show was “just like a beauty pageant” where the “quality of the dogs” would be judged.
Keywords: dog show