| Ranjit Singh with his pets Don (left) and Sheru at the championship in Patna on Sunday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
“Don ko pakadna mushkil hi nahi, naamumkin hai (catching Don is not only difficult but impossible),” said city-based businessman Ranjit Singh at the All Breed Dog Championship organised by Bihar Veterinary College on its campus on Sunday.
He was not talking about Amitabh Bachchan’s or Shah Rukh Khan’s character in the Don and its sequels but about his two-year-old Neapolitan Mastiff Don. While other pet owners had chained their canines, Don was roaming.
On why he did not put Don in chains, Singh said: “Don loves to socialise. He does not harm anyone and has never bitten anybody, which is in contrast to dogs of his breed. Neapolitan Mastiffs are known to be dangerous.”
Apart from Don, 123 dogs of different breeds, including Rottweilers, Spitzs, Great Danes, St Bernards, Dachshunds, German Shepherds and others took part. There were 36 Labradors, 26 Rottweiler, 15 Spitzs, 12 German Shepherds, six Dachshunds, five St Bernards, four Great Danes among others.
Four Labradors of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), who took part in this competition, however grabbed attention. Tommy, Jimmy, Ganga and Dollar (aged between 16 and 19 months) enthralled people with their stunts. They saluted the audience jumping to the chest of the nearly 6ft CISF personnel.
“CISF purchased these dogs two months back. These can ines have received special training. They can perform stunts. We use them to search for explosives. They can withstand any temperature,” said S.K. Bijarniya, a CISF constable.
Most of the dog owners said they had developed a strong emotional bond with their pets. “Lika, my two-and-a-half-year-old Rottweiler, sleeps with my children on their bed. Whenever I go outside, I take her along with me,” said homemaker Renu Sinha.
Gyandev Singh, a professor of Bihar Veterinary College and one of the organisers, said the championship had been organised for people to learn various characteristics of different breeds.
In the big size category, Rishabh Singh’s St Bernard Champ clinched first position, while in the small size class, Piyush Singh’s Lhasa Apso Shakti was the winner.