Canines Strut Their Stuff at Annual Pet Show - The New Indian Express

Canines Strut Their Stuff at Annual Pet Show

Published: 12th January 2014 09:18 AM

Last Updated: 12th January 2014 09:18 AM

Huskies, Rottweilers, Chihuahuas and St Bernards shared space with ponies, exotic birds and Persian cats at the Bangalore Pet Show organised in the city on Saturday. Proud owners paraded their pets and interested families asked questions about pet care, while many learned a lesson or two on canine behaviour.

“There are many different breeds of animals here, especially dogs. Although we may occasionally see a St Bernard or a Husky on the roads, it is very rare that we get an opportunity to interact with the owners and understand what really goes into taking care of them,” said Daniel, who was at the event with his three-year-old Rottweiler, which belongs to a champion breed.

To make sure that Atom (the Rottweiler) does not pull him away, Danny and his friends take turns holding him.

Apart from cats and dogs, there were other interesting animals as well.

The six-year-old dwarf bull from Maharashtra was an eye-catcher. Gangadhar, the bull’s owner, is hoping to breed bulls and sell them as prize bulls.

The Bangalore Pet Show brought amateur pet lovers, breeders, pet industry players and the general public together. “Bangalore is home to the largest number of pet lovers. We want to encourage a new generation of youngsters who keep pets that are huge stress busters,” organiser Sathya Narayan said.

Indian Vs Foreign Breeds

If there was one breed that was conspicuous by its absence, it was the Indian dog. Anushree Tamanna, who handles volunteering at CUPA, says she was shocked. “Being here at the event only showed us that we are way behind in our efforts to convince people against breeding foreign species and adopt Indian dogs. Husky, Rottweiler and German Shepherds have adapted over generations to a particular environment and climate. Bringing them here will mess with their system,” she said.

“Huskies are sled dogs that live in the North Pole in a freezing climate. But there are owners here who spend money on special food and air-conditioning for such dogs. I do not doubt their love for their pets, but they simply do not understand that their dog is still suffering,” she said.

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