Max takes township dog show to max

2014-05-19 00:00

MAX, a multi-coloured mixed breed puppy owned by Mxolisi Zondi, took top honours at South Africa’s oldest township dog show, the 11th uMngeni SPCA / Hill’s Township Dog Show held at Howick West Stadium yesterday.

Runner up was Casey, an attractive “township special” owned by Bheki Shabalala.

The judges were looking for well-natured, happy, healthy dogs.

“Well done to Mxolisi and Max! Their relationship is such a loving and happy one that we couldn’t help but choose them as the Best in Show,” said Jenny Henschel of Hill’s Pet Nutrition.

Traditionally the show has held in different rural communities surrounding Howick, including Mpophomeni and Lidgetton. This was the first time the show has been held in a more urban area and 90 dogs from the communities around Howick West Stadium entered. Each dog first attended an open air veterinary clinic where there were de-wormed, dipped and vaccinated for rabies and other diseases.

“It was a very rewarding day and considering it was held in a new area it went very well,” said Dudu Abrahams, uMngeni SPCA’s operations manager.

“We were very impressed with the condition of the dogs and delighted to find that the majority were already sterilised. The 10 dogs that weren’t are on our list to sterilise this week.”

The winners each received a brand new kennel, certificate, rosette and high quality Hill’s pet food. Every entrant was given a new collar, lead, bowl, blanket and Hill’s food.

Class winners - 2014 uMngeni SPCA / Hill’s Township Dog Show:

• Best in Show: Max, owned by Mxolisi Zondi;

• Reserve Best in Show: Casey owned by Bheki Shabalala;

• Puppy in Best Condition: Mxolisi Zondi with Max;

• Best Male Handler of a Puppy: Pumlane Ngcobo – Takkie;

• Adult Dog in Best Condition: Dalip Narainsparsath – Toughie;

• Best Male Handler of an Adult Dog: Bheki Shabalala with Casey;

• Best Female Handler of an Adult Dog: Gladys Mkhabise with Puppy.

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