Pooches on parade at Mpophomeni’s Township Dog Show

2009-04-19 00:00

A large crowd packed the sixth annual SPCA/Hill’s Township Dog Show at Mpophomeni yesterday.

Organised by uMngeni SPCA in conjunction with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, the event was a resounding success and attracted hundreds of people from in and around the community.

uMngeni SPCA PRO Heather Somerville raved about this year’s show.

“The standard was very high. There were so many different breeds of dogs and most of them were happy and well looked-after. The crowd really enjoyed the event,” she said.

The show attracted 286 entrants who were judged in various classes.

Each entrant received a goodie bag that contained a dog bowl, dog food and a blanket.

The crowds were entertained with a dog jumping display, music and a dog training demonstration by a group of young dog handlers from Bruntville near Mooi River.

Somerville says the uMngeni SPCA has been active in the underprivileged areas of Howick for many years, giving bored youngsters something to do by caring for their dogs.

“Some of them used to stand on the bridges and throw down stones on to cars travelling below them on the N3. Taking part in dog training projects has given them something constructive to do. I’ve spoken to some of their parents and grandparents and since taking part in this project, these children’s aggression levels have apparently decreased. They are more caring and are better behaved and it’s made such a huge difference in the community,” she said.

Somerville said their show is unlike other traditional dog shows. Dogs have to pass a health check before being given a new collar and a lead with which to compete.

This year’s winners in each of the various classes all walked away with a large supply of pet food from Hill’s as well as a cosy kennel.

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