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Helping them find a home

Visitors taking a selfie with a Saint Bernard at the Pet-a-Thon at Cubbon Park in Bengaluru on Sunday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar

Visitors taking a selfie with a Saint Bernard at the Pet-a-Thon at Cubbon Park in Bengaluru on Sunday.— Photo: K. Murali Kumar  

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Pet-a-Thon encourages people to adopt abandoned and stray dogs

Overweight golden retrievers, sad-eyed Basset hounds and malnourished strays on their way to recovery — all of these and more marked their attendance along with dog lovers at Cubbon Park on Sunday at Pet-a-Thon, an event meant to encourage people to adopt abandoned and stray dogs. The event was also a precursor to SBI Bengaluru Midnight Marathon scheduled for December 5.

“I’ve been coming here every year, and I firmly believe in giving strays a home. I have six strays, only Don here is the exception,” said Satya while posing for photographs on the makeshift stage with his golden retriever with genetic hip problems which was the cynosure of all eyes.

‘Don’ had to share the limelight, however, with, ‘Gorilla’, the hairy Newfoundland dog, ‘Wolf’, the Serbian husky born in India and acclimatised to the Bengaluru weather, and ‘Fifty’, a scarred, red-eyed grey and black dog abandoned by her owner and rescued from the streets.

A talk by an expert on dog behavioural problems was the highlight of the event, even as the dogs were made to walk, fed and petted by most passersby.

“Do not judge a dog by its breed. Not all Rottweilers are aggressive and not all Labradors are friendly. Each and every dog is different, just the same as human beings. They have their own personalities. They can be grumpy or happy, mean or vicious,” said C.V Franklin, a dog expert who runs a training school. He said no dog was beyond hope, and added, “We can train all dogs to be nice and friendly or be the perfect guard dog, no dog should be dismissed.”

Hema, who is part of the organising team from the Rotary Bangalore IT Corridor, said, “We had several dog lovers coming forward to subscribe to paid registrations costing Rs. 300, as their way of contributing towards the welfare of strays, but so far we’ve had two people asking for strays.”



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