Saturday witnessed the third edition of the Annual Dog Show, at the Kyadondo Rugby Club. The organizing committee, after the successes of the first two editions, would have been silently hoping for bigger crowds, more dog breeds and more categories for them to compete in. The sunny day set the stage for an entertaining day for dog lovers and enthusiasts alike.
The early parts of the show saw the crowd entertained with skits and Red Carpet Pedigree Showcasing, with numerous breeds being proudly paraded by their owners and trainers. One of the more entertaining parodies was where trainer Javier pretended to have his bicycle stolen and his American Pit-bull ‘Fire’ came to his rescue and caught the thief.
Mouthwatering snacks were being sold by caterers La Bonita for as cheap as 6,000/= UGX per helping. Drinks were also readily available courtesy of Monzter Events’ mobile bar and at friendly rates too. The younger ones were kept busy by the jumping castle and colorful face painting. The event was a real crowd puller as the number rose well into the hundreds.
The competitions started off with the ‘Dog Race’ which was contested by Terriers and Jack Russell’s, with the race being won by one of Javier trainees. Fopa dog trainers and dog handlers were also in attendance, showcasing their monstrous attack dogs. These Rottweiler’s and German Shepherds’ were well trained by their handlers, and in one of the skit shows, they gave an unrehearsed demonstration of how the dogs resisted the temptation of being fed by strangers. This showed that one could not simply poison these pure bred security dogs.
Photos from the show
Different trainers and their dogs participated in the ‘Attack’ competition. The crowd got into it, as the dogs chased down and subdued their respective targets with minimal fuss. Apart from the occasional dog that would seem over awed by the occasion and the crowd, showing more bark than bite, this was a good illustration of pure unadulterated attacking. In the end it was a straight shootout between Javier entering his Doberman and American Pit-Bull and the Uganda Police Force with their German shepherd and Alsatian. The Police Force was too good in the end, taking the prize for best attack dog.
Following the attack competition, the crowd was treated to more skits, this time by the Ugandan Police Force. Here they illustrated how no barrier is high enough to keep a dog away from pursuing its target, with one of their Alsatians jumping clean over a 6foot barrier in pursuit of its mark. After that, ‘Taz’ the Blood Hound illustrated his tracking and tracing skills, digging up markers that were hidden prior to his arrival on stage. No doubt the crowd felt much safer, knowing that such fine specimens were part of the Ugandan Police Force.
After all intensity of the ‘Attack’ show, it was time for something lighter and on came the ‘Obedience’ and ‘Best Dog in Show’ competitions. Immediately the crowd was thrown into laughter after one of the dogs competing left the stage and ran straight to the food court section. Clearly someone didn’t have lunch.
Then came Myra Hill and her Welsh Sheep Dog, and boy did she steal the show. Myra and Piglet showed beautiful chemistry on the stage, with the dog obeying her every command. To top it all off, the pair won the tracing competition as well, with Piglet completing the course in and astonishing 32 seconds. To put that into perspective, Piglets closest rival to the title could only complete the course in 52 seconds.
All in all, this was indeed the best edition thus far. The gauntlet has been thrown down for next year’s event to reach even greater heights.
The event was covered by NTV, with Capital FM, Nile Gold and Jomayi all co-sponsoring. The show was organized by Monzter Events, in association with Silk Events.