The 19th century American humorist had once said “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” And this affection, love and loyalty were displayed to the hilt at the Dog Show held here on Sunday.
Over 390 dogs from about 49 breeds participated in the dog show organised by the Vizag Kennel Club and team comprising dog lovers and trainers such as Basha, Suresh and Babu.
Apart from well known breeds such as Labrador, German Shepherd, Doberman, Boxers, Pug, Dachshund and Pomeranians, there were a number of exotic and rare breeds such as the East European Shepherd, Dogue de Bordeaux, Irish Setter, American Cocker Spaniel, Chow Chow, Chihuahua, French Bulldog, Saint Bernard, Siberian Huskies and Rottweilers, lit up the show.
The crowd was enthralled to see the canines do a perfect catwalk as part of a fashion show in the event.
The event basically comprised fashion parade, demonstration by the trainers and pet show, said Hyderabad-based judge Abhimanyu Reddy. “In the pet show, we normally check the health of the dog, the breed specification, how close the dog is to the breed specifications and pedigree certification,” said Mr. Abhimanyu Reddy.
The Vizag Dog Show is being held since 1984, and the main aim is to create awareness various aspects such as food, how to choose a dog and how to maintain a dog, said Dr. V. Peda Somulu, Canine Specialist.
“There is a misconception that a dog is to be fed non-vegetarian diet. A dog can be fed vegetarian diet, as there are a number of protein supplements available in the market today. Moreover, what is important is the choice of the breed. Today, most of us live in apartments, and it is advisable to have smaller breeds. Bigger ones need more space,” he said.
Talking on supplements and treatment, L. Chandrabhushan from Cipla Vet, said that the treatment and medications have seen a sea change in the last two decades. “In the last two years, the veterinary segment of the pharmaceuticals companies has seen a growth of about 7 to 9 per cent. And of which 33 per cent was in the pet segment. There is more focus on the research and development area, as more people are opting for pets at home,” he said.