VIDYA K.S.

Meet Naughty, Rugby, Missy and Phoolan Devi.

The city dogs had their day at the first "All Breeds Open Dog Show" organised by the Kennel Association of Visakha. It was a get-together for dog owners and enthusiasts and the event was held to popularise pet keeping as a hobby and to encourage dog shows in the city. More than 140 dogs from 32 breeds participated in the competitions. From Pekingese, Miniature Pinschers and Pugs to Great Danes, Rottweilers and Bull Mastiffs they came in all shapes, sizes and colours. Apart from the popular Labradors, Cocker Spaniels and Alsatians the programme also saw the participation of an exotic Pharaoh hound and two friendly St. Bernards. Seated with perfect poise, the dogs were on their best behaviour as they obeyed their owners and interacted with the enthusiastic crowd. Some of the star pooches at the show were Naughty, a docile St. Bernard, Rugby, a Golden Retriever, Missy the poodle and a cute Pug, Phoolan Devi who had everyone exclaiming, `The Hutch dog'. Each breed had competitions in categories of eight classes (depending on the age) and two dogs were finally selected as the winner and runner-up. The dogs were judged on various breed standards and features such as head size, proportion, legs and the kind of work they are suited for. The top six winners were awarded complementary vaccination shots, imported dog food packs, dog grooming products, health supplements and participation certificates.

Companions

"Pets have become very popular in the city as people have begun to realise the value of keeping dogs for not only security purposes but also to enhance the quality of life," said committee member R. Satish. They offer companionship to the elderly. A variety of grooming, health and dog food products were also displayed in stalls at the event. The programme also saw demonstrations by working dogs of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) and the Reserve Police Force. Dog trainers also demonstrated interesting obedience techniques with their dogs at the show.