Dragging their masters out of snug blankets in the morning furry friends of the state capital made a beeline for Moin- ul-Haq stadium in their Sunday best.
Bright and cheerful Pugs, Doberman Pinschers, Bull Mastiffs, Great Danes, Beagles, Spitzs, German Shepherds, Pomeranians, Labradors, St Bernards, Pitbulls and Culture Pomeranians — they all strutted at a dog show by Primo Kennel Club of Bihar.
“This is the first time we have organised this dog show. I am thrilled to see the number of pets here,” said Manoj Kumar, the club president.
The masters seemed to be busy giving last-minute tips to their pets to clinch the medals. “Maggie went for a hair cut and cleaning especially for this show. I have been training her for the past two months,” said Jayam, the proud owner of a black German Shepherd.
Anwar Ali, an expert with dogs, ensured that canines with physical deformity were not allowed to take part. He said: “The dogs should be healthy and well-behaved. We take our hands before their mouths. If they bite or behave obnoxiously, they are disqualified.”
Lobo, an eight-month-old St Bernard, went through rigorous training for the D-Day. “His left leg was hurt during a training session, yet he was ready to come for the show,” said Sid, the owner. Not very far off were three cute Pugs enjoying the balmy sun. Asked about their care details in winters, Sanjay Singh, a Pug owner, said: “Pugs shouldn’t be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures. I have been using room heater to ensure that my Pug does not catch cold.”
Offering more tips, vet Dr UDK Bose said: “One should not leave dogs out for long and must check their dog’s body temperature besides grooming their coat for proper insulation.” A German Shepherd, a St Bernard and a Pug bagged the first three positions in the championship. Woof to that!