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Paws and pugs at all-breed dog show

- National championship organised at Latasil playground

Dec. 23: A year-old Pomeranian, Jimmy, leapt with joy at being the centre of attraction of a stream of visitors, while the huge but equally-friendly Labrador, Sparkle, sat down comfortably next to a guest as if it had known her all her life.

While Jimmy has been brought all the way from New Delhi to participate in the 7th and 8th National Championship All Breed Dog Show at the Latasil playground here, Sparkle, who hails from the city, was there at the meet for a feel of the show, along with her owner.

Nearly 107 dogs of various breeds had gathered at the dog show, organised by the Guwahati Kennel Club, from Calcutta, New Delhi, Odisha and the northeastern states, to participate in this event.

“Jimmy has been brought from New Delhi. She will stay here till Magh Bihu. She is a very friendly puppy and loves the company of people,” said a lady in-charge of the Pomeranian.

“Come on, Sparkle, give a handshake!” said Nupur Basumatary, owner of the Labrador. “She is very friendly, but this time she could not participate in the show as she was not registered with the club. But she will do so next time,” she added.

“This competition was held to judge different breeds of dogs. Every breed has certain basic standards and here the participants are judged on whether they have been able to meet these standards regarding their physical features. The level of obedience they show to their masters is also another criterion for judging. A black Labrador from Calcutta won the national championship and he is owned by Pinaki Banerjee,” said Santanu Gogoi, publicity officer of Guwahati Kennel Club.

A rather unwilling participant was a bulldog, who was so huge that his caretaker had trouble pulling him and he drew everyone’s atten- tion by his sheer size and lazy gait.

The antics of the dogs were the main attraction at the show. A few cute little pugs could be seen trotting and running around along with their masters, competing for a trophy in the competition.

German Shepherds, fox terriers, beagles, golden retrievers, cocker spaniels, bulldogs and Labradors showed a few tricks at the show.

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