The pets' day out

Overwhelming response

The pets' day out

The Bangalore Pet Show, the first-of-its-kind event in the City, was held at the Jayamahal Palace Hotel recently. Not only was it a unique learning experience for pet owners, one could also see pugs being treated as celebrities while Dalmatians tried to befriend Great Danes next to them. 

A variety of stalls were seen at the show — from those selling pet accessories, toiletries, pedigree food, kennels and leashes to those by animal welfare organisations like People For Animals and Compassion Unlimited Plus Action. There were also a few specialised stalls that catered to grooming, cabs and even a home stay resort for pets! 

Tyagarajan Naidu, who runs ‘Naidu’s Aviary’, had a stall full of colourful lutinos, lovebirds, pigeons, cockatoos and budgerigars among others. “I’m a breeder by profession and have around 1,000 pairs of birds at home. But for the show, I’m only showcasing and taking orders, not selling them. Shows like this need to happen every six months because it can create an even stronger pet culture in Bangalore,” he says. 

Navin, who attended the show with his Siberian Husky named Xeon and Labrador named Drona, had a great time. “It’s a nice, well-organised show, which is keeping up with Western trends. I’m surprised to see so many animal lovers here. More than for pet owners, it’s a fun outing for the dogs and occasion for them to socialise!” said Navin.

On display were also emus, several Persian cats, a variety of fish and around 300 cages full of locally bred exotic varieties of birds as part of the display by Wet Pets. From rare breeds of golden pheasants and scarlet macaws to crimson-bellied conures and Polish fowls, the display was a bit hit among the visitors, which had children, parents and animal lovers in general.  

“In today’s concrete jungle, there are hardly any opportunities for children to bond with nature. This show is providing exactly that. It’s only when they start to love nature will they try and protect it,” reasoned Frank Rodgers, manager, Wet Pets. 

Even the younger lot was seen walking around the lawn proudly with its pets. “I’ve grown up having dogs around and a platform like this is much needed for us and them. My dog Inch is enjoying because he’s quite brave but Mili’s having a hard time because she’s quite shy,” shared 11-year-old Neil Gerard Das. Of all the animals on display, he said that his favourite was the golden pheasant. 

Satya Narayan, event director, was overwhelmed by the response. “People have really come in numbers and we feel that we could have done more for them. But the response has been fantastic and we hope that after coming to the show, more people will become pet lovers and that the current pet owners will become more professional in their approach. May the pet family grow!” he said.

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