Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
This is my elder grand daughter Kuhu (Adwiteeya Mohapatra) as she was seen last year while watching the Bhubaneswar Dog Show,organized by Orissa kennel Club. She is now in Class Two in Delhi Public School – Kalinga and has contributed the pictures used in this posting.
Last year, while editorializing our report on the Dog Show, we had call upon the State Government for allocation of land in the capital city to the OKC for a permanent Dog Park on the grounds we had elaborated therein. A click here would lead to that plea. The government is yet to pay attention to this urgent need.
In absence of a permanent park, Dog Shows are being organized in inclement conditions, shifting from place to place each year. This year the venue was the ground of Unit I high school. But, it was also a last moment arrangement, Originally, the Show was scheduled to be held at the Government Boys High School play ground at Unit VI.
The new venue was location wise a disaster to Dog Shows as separated just by a compound wall from Bhubaneswar’s largest vegetable market, the dogs were severely affected and detracted by the stupendous noise of the market. But, for the Kennel Club organizers, there was no choice.
The participation was, like previous years, tremendous. Besides participants from Bhubaneswar and other parts of Orissa, Dogs came from outside the State like Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.
Judges were Mr. Roberto Santos Tesoro from Philippines, Mr. C. V. Sudarsan and Mr. C. R. Patnaik, both acclaimed Judges of Kennel Club of India.
There were participation from Toy Group comprising Chihuahua (long coat), Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Pomeranian, and Pug; from Terrier Group comprising American Staffordshire Terrier, Fox Terrier (Smooth), and Welsh Terrier; Utility Group having Akita, Bull Dog, Dalmatian, French Bull Dog, Poodle (Standard), and Shih Tzu; Hound Group represented by Afghan Hound, Beagle, Dachshund Standard (Long Haired), Dachshund Standard (Smooth Haired), and Whippet; Gun Dog Group represented by Cocker Spaniel (American), Golden Retriever, Iris Setter, Labrador Retriever, Pointer, Spaniel English Springer; Working Group including Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo Argentino, Great Dane, Mastiff (English), Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, Tibetan Mastiff; and from Pastoral Group comprising Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) and German Shepherd Dog.
Kuhu captured some of the pleasant moments:
We earnestly appeal again to the authorities to give the Orissa Kennel Club the Orissa Kennel Club a gift of at least one Acres of land in a central location in the city of Bhubaneswar for a permanent Dog Park, in view of Dog Shows attracting national participation as shown supra. The land can be used for useful training of dogs and purposes as mentioned in our original discussion on the subject under the (already linked to) caption: