Friday, August 17, 2007

Dogathon 2007, Bukit Expo, UPM Serdang, 12th August 2007

It was that time of the year where the veterinary students of UPM (University Putra of Malaysia) organise a huge event known as Dogathon for the benefits of dog owners and their canine babies to participate in competitions as well as socializing among each other.

This year's slogan, "A Loyal Dog is A Royal Dog" brings about an understanding of how much our dogs tried their ultimate best to be our companion and best friend and therefore should be treated royally by their owners.

This is exceptionally true as our dog will grandly be by our side no matter how bad we look, lick our lips despite our bad breath, defend us with his life even at the expense of it's own and there are few who actually followed their owners to the grave due to being heartbroken over their loss. There are no words to describe their loyalty. Only a true dog lover will understand the bond that exist between man and beast.

Again, this year's event was sponsored by Pedigree who not only provided us with great goody bags upon submitting our names at the registration counter, they also had a station specially manned by professionals who could not only explain the benefits of their products, also created an opportunity for dog owners to purchase their products at a promotional rate. Thank you Pedigree.

Pedigree's Technical Service Manager, Dr. Susan was asked on many occasions on how she maintained her dog, Ebony's black shiny coat. Although at an elderly age of 11years old, Ebony has a shiny midnight black coat and very beautiful to look at. No matter what's the secret, one of it must be because of the diet that she's on. Ebony is fed on Pedigree products ranging from the dry kibbles, canned as well as Cesar's range of indulgence wet food and the healthy tricks like DentaStixs. Dr. Susan had recently adopted another dog, MuMu from the Independent Pet Rescuers and although still a little shy, MuMu had many admirers due to her beautiful markings and shiny coat. Here are a few photos of both Ebony and MuMu taken on that day.

Pretty Paws & Doggie Ribbons together with Drunasty Kennel were demonstrating basic grooming techniques to the public in co-operation with the good people at Pedigree who has been kind enough to allocate us two slots for the demo. Everything went very smoothly and with the support shown by them as well as the members of LovDog online community, who braved the sun and rain to be with us at Bukit Expo, we did quite well.

Sweetie, a Siberian Husky was also a star on that day. Sweetie celebrated her 1st birthday and her mom and dad prepared a special birthday cake for her made of organic wholemeal flour & Nestum as base, low fat cream cheese for fillings and low fat cheddar cheese and fresh strawberries to decorate the cake.

Sweetie was so appreciative of the fuss made by her parents and she showed them her appreciation by eating up everything placed in her bowl. Sweetie was certainly treated ROYALLY by her parents and she certainly deserved it.

The same goes to the rest of the dogs who attended Sweetie's birthday party. Each and every one was so thankful that their Auntie Esther had actually prepared a lavish spread especially for them. The table was laden with bowls of homemade treats. At one point I was so envious of the dogs because they got to choose between delicious birthday cake, meat patties, egg, chicken and chess balls, tuna veg as well as mini franks, where else we, the humans, only got to eat Domino Pizza. Unfair! Nevertheless, everyone had a great time because it is always a joy to get together once in a while to share stories about our dogs.

We would like to thank our grooming models on that day, Chico & Snow, two beautiful Siberian Huskies, Nikki, the Silky Terrier and last but not

least, Meow Meow, a Shih Tzu mixed Pekingese, who braved the midday heat, standing patiently on the grooming table waiting for the demo session to be over. Thank you much for your patience so that Auntie Ann could brush and in Meow Meow's case, included tying the topknot too!

We met many new friends and despite having a good time, we had to leave the place early as the rain was coming in like cats and dogs. We bid everyone farewell with renewed vows to meet again in next year's event. To all dog lovers out there who were at out demo, thank you very much for your support and till next year, take care and love your dogs as much as they love you!

The rest of the doggie friends whom we met on that day were:

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

MKA Ipoh Show, 14th July, 2007

The last show held in Ipoh was really enjoyable. We pushed off from KL around 5am and took a slow drive towards Ipoh. We reached Ipoh around 8am but took a further 30 minutes to locate the correct venue. Once there, we immediately set up our table and started brushing the dogs. Both females were 3 weeks pregnant at that time and was a little bit tempramental. Mr. Wong came over for a while and suggested that we cut short the coat on the muzzle. So without much hesitation, we gave it a try and both Suki and Misty came out looking much prettier once done. Thank you God!

Both the ladies did us proud that day. Suki won Reserve Best of Breed in one ring and Misty went on to win the Reserve Best of Group in the other. Both judges from Australia, Mr. Theo Horchner (Victoria) and Mrs Mavis Crochrane (W.A) are both very impressed with Misty's coloring and body structure. Here are some photos taken on that day and the days after that. Yes, this time around, we not only stayed the night in Ipoh as we had wanted to drive up to Taiping to visit the zoo, we even spent 2 nights in Setiawan to enjoy the seafood and even had a trip to Pangkor Island to enjoy the scenery.

We would like to thank a few people who made our trip a most enjoyable one. They are Adrian Tey who gave us directions to the right location which was opposite the Ipoh YMCA. We also would like to thank Mr. Elwin Khor for introducing us to Mr. Lee Seng Chan who helped us to babysit the 3 Silkies when we went to Taiping Zoo. Next on our list are Mr. Siow Yong Chai and family, Mr. C.K. Goh and family and Mr. Lim Ai Jong for their hospitality when we were in Setiawan. The seafood meals that they brought us to was delicious and they even took time off from work to show us the area. Thank you thank you thank you. We truly enjoyed ourselves and the memories will stay with us a lifetime.

Misty Sitting Prettily waiting For Her Turn In The Ring

Suki Walking Confidently

Suki Standing Proud Infront Of The Judge

First Time Mom, Misty, Pregnant at 3 Weeks.

Pretty Misty With Short Hair On The Muzzle.

Suki, Also at 3 Weeks Pregnant, Still Look Very Pretty After Grooming

Our Baby Suki, at 6 Years Of Age Is Still Going Strong

Misty Standing Very Still During The Best Of Group

Misty Winning The Reserve Best In Group

Best and Reserve Best In Show

Best and Reserve Best Puppy In Show

From Left, Judge Mr. Theo Horchner from Victoria , Madam Lee with Misty & Ann with Suki from Drunasty Kennel and Judge Mrs. Mavis Crochrane from Western Australia.

Best and Reserve Best Puppy In Show Ring B

Best and Reserve Best In Show Ring B

Kingston Handling A Pretty Shih Tzu

A Chow Chow Waiting For It's Turn In The Ring

Below are the rest of the dogs at the competition..

Below Are Photos Taken At Taiping Zoo

Photos Taken With Our Host and Friends At Setiawan (the only place where you can find superb seafood at affordable price)

Photos Taken At Pangkor Island

Dinner With Marina, Carol & The Father

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