have special branded food preference (low in fat and high
in vitamins), flavoured shampoos and conditioners, massages
and appointments for special grooming - scenes from a Dog
Heaven? No, just a day in the life of a lucky dog -- lucky
enough to be born in a developed nation. For dog lovers in
the US or UK their celebration of this species borders on
worship and constant pampering. This is a far cry from a day
in the life of a Bangladeshi dog, at best ignored; at worst
-- just picture the worst scenario you can think of and you
would not be off the mark.
lucky dogs got a taste of 'high living' thanks to the Bangladesh
Kennel Club (BKC) which organised their 'Annual Show' in Bashundhara
Residential Town on Friday, March 11. According to Dr Motaher
Hossain, Technical Advisor to BKC, this was the third show
that BKC has organised since the formation of this club in
1980. Mustahin Billah, General Secretary of Bangladesh Kennel
Club, was also present at this annual meet.
was formed mainly to have a database for the different breeds
of dogs in Bangladesh as well as to provide a forum for owners
to get together and talk about dogs in general and their pets
of showing dogs includes many activities beyond 'showing'
per se. The annual show offered events in conformation and
obedience as well as agility trial. In other countries, the
original basis for showing dogs, like other livestock, is
to judge which dogs have the structure that suits that particular
breed. This is done by comparing the dog to the breed standard.
This standard enables the judge to tell which dogs come the
closest, and are therefore best suited for the tasks ahead
of them. The number of points earned is dependent on how many
were entered in all of the classes. The points are added and
the dog with the most number comes out on top.
event pawed off at 8 a.m. and as the microphone announced
the number of participants and the breed of the dog, one dog
after another darted, dashed or dogtrot into the arena. The
attendant walked the dog around the course followed closely
by their owners. Dr Hossain gave a little prep talk about
the name, the origin and habits of each exhibit as the majestic
animals paraded proudly under the excited eyes of the spectators.
The dogs marched one by one in most cases, and in one case,
all seven at once, as seven German shepherds commonly known
as Alsatians showed up at the gathering. Other pedigrees in
the show included Doberman, Spaniel, Bulldog, Dalmatian, Collie
and Great Dane.
tall, black-coated poodle with the exotic and feminine name
Chica (girl in Spanish) and a toy poodle by the name of Bahamee
were two pedigrees of their kind. Bahamee was a rare poodle,
the size of a bunny rabbit. Active, intelligent and elegant-appearing
dogs, the poodles are usually very proud animals. Moreover,
their woolly coats are cuddly and fluffy and a favourite pet
in many households.
with ferocity and anger in their eyes, made their way to the
centre of the gathering to have the audience look at them
in awe. They had muscular and athletic bodies with a broad
head and rounded forehead. The triangular shaped ears complimented
the wide and black nose. A significant feature of this breed
is their short clipped tail.Because of their powerful and
massive size they usually require owners who can handle them.
Rottweiler are natural guard dogs and they usually prove their
worth with the police and military.
Golden Retrievers had also turned up for the show and their
golden-brown coats glinted in the morning sunlight. Though
the name comes from the dog's fascinating ability to retrieve
items from a great distance and to bring it to its master,
some of the 'retrievers' here were more like 'locators' finding
the object the master wanted (which he had thrown out a few
seconds back), sniffing it and then happily trotting back.
It was unclear what was being tested but both the dog and
the owner seemed satisfied.
of the largest participants in the event was a Great Dane.
The largest of dogs, the Dane is a combination of nobility
and robustness, powerful yet elegant. It walked the tallest
among all the other dogs and then performed some obedience
training such as 'hand-shake' and 'stay' to its master's command.
attraction to the show was a Dachshund with the very feminine
name Lucy. Her alert facial expression and sparkling red eyes
were a proof of her intelligence and alertness. She exuded
excitement and energy, flitting from dog to human, eager to
make friends irrespective of species. One nickname for the
Dachshund is "sausage dog" because of its shape
and Lucy fitted the bill with her long muscular body and short
and donations for the show came from all the participants,
who also happened to be members of the kennel club. The funds
gathered in this show will be given to the Prothom Alo
fund for Acid Victims. In the later part of the show, Pedigree
Certificates were awarded to dogs that were of pure breed.
spectators who availed the chance to attend the dog show this
was a whole new world that they didn't know existed.
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