A German Shepherd jumps through rings during the inauguration of the annual dog show at JRD Tata Sports Complex in Jamshedpur on Saturday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Jamshedpur, Jan. 12: Dogs took over the ramp to give models a run for their money.
Canines of many descriptions, pedigrees in place in their manicured paws, ruled the runway, showcasing their talent as they vied for top honours at the two-day 49th and 50th Championship Dog Show that got underway today.
Organised by Jamshedpur Kennel Club, the event was inaugurated by Tata Steel managing director H.M. Nerurkar at the hockey ground of JRD Tata Sports Complex.
There was huge applause when the German Shepherds, Labradors and Belgium Malinoisí in blue uniforms, accompanied by their handlers, presented a colourful march past with the army band playing in the background.
Then came in the dogs one by one. The audience was left in awe as the participants showed off their many skills.
The trained canines from Tata Steel and Tata Motors also came up with some classy actions, displaying amazing agility and balance.
The opening day was reserved for obedience tests and saw the German Shepherds and their Belgian counterparts jumping through rings much to the excitement of an impressive crowd.
Dog owners and breeders from Calcutta, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam are also here with Afghan Hounds, Irish Setters and other select breeds.
ďI donít own a dog but I love these animals. I am a regular visitor here,Ē said Seema Jha, a housewife.
There is more excitement in store tomorrow when the breed show will be held.
Although the organisers were hopeful that they would see around 350 entries, the criterion of micro chipping restricted the number to 272.
A microchip implant is an integrated circuit placed under the skin of an animal. The chip uses passive radio frequency identification technology and helps to identify the owners. The organisers introduced this rule to prevent any illegal owner from participating.
Senior executives of the steel major, including vice-president Anand Sen, Tata Motors plant head A.B. Lal, Jamshedpur Kennel Club president A.M. Mishra and organising panel member R.K. Sinha were among those who graced the occasion. Former Tata Steel managing director J.J. Irani and wife Daisy also came to watch the canines in action.