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Fourth Bangalore Pet Show: A treat for the canine and feline lovers

Indrani Thakurata

Bengaluru: The fourth edition of the popular Bangalore Pet Show saw large number of Bangalore Pet lovers despite the heat and heavy rains. Bangalore proved that they are pet lovers. The feel of rain did not stop the large number of people flocking in. Many came in to just pat their favourite dogs, who they can’t keep as pet in their own house. “ Pet show is a great opportunity for people who can’t have pets at home because of space constraint or time constraint , to meet and love their favourite animals,” says Event Director M. Satya Narayan of Blue N white , Organisers of the annual event. The show is getting bigger with each year. ” In 2016, our third edition, we got the pet lovers acquainted with Indian breeds of dogs , mainly through posters and banners , but this year we got some Inde breeds to join the Mudhol hounds at our show,” he adds.

This year’s main focus was the Adoption Drive. “This year we promoted pet adoption with a special drive and this was one of the features of the show,” he says. Bangalore Opts to Adopt (BOTA), India’s 1st and foremost comprehensive adoption drive was part of the show. Ritika Goel , Founder of BOTA says, “We not only promote adoptions but provide end to end holistic support for the adopted animals ‘ journey through life with their families–from providing adoption counselling to fosters and adopters, medical benefits and discounts, canine behaviour assistance , home made food at discounted rates, legal aid in the event of an incident, low cost pet boarding options, to training on animal -welfare skillsets to the fosters and adopters.”

The highlight of the Bangalore Pet show were six Indian Breed of dogs — Kanni, Chinniparai, Combai, Rajapalyam, Mudhol and Rampur Hound along with other exotic breeds showcased by Cadabom Kennel.

The Protection demos by C.V Franklin, Director of Argos K9 Protection and Fetch Canine Training School, was well received. The Event also showcased for the first time in Bangalore the ’21 st International Feline Convention and Cat Competition. Many a number of hobbiest and breeders, Veterinarians’ of cats as pets in the city tied up with the Cat Fanciers’ Association of India to bring this feline convention and cat show to Bangalore. “ It was such a treat to see such beautiful dogs and cats under one roof. My little one couldn’t take his eyes off some of the exotic birds on display,” says Ramani Kant,a Pet lover in the show. Raj Kamal Sharma spent his entire day there amongst the dogs. “Pet are such stress busters. There is so much to learn from the pets–their unconditional love and loyalty is a learning for us, human beings. I am happy that my city embraces such events.”

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