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The truth about Cats & Dogs

delhi Updated: Feb 01, 2009 12:31 IST
Nivriti Butalia
Nivriti Butalia
Hindustan Times
Pocket monkeys

Pocket monkeys for fifty grand, Persian cats for Rs 12,000 and Golden Pheasants going for Rs 10,000 a pair.

Other than the crowds gathered around cages of these animals, the third India International Trade Fair (IIPTF) is a bit of a let down. Sure, the flamboyant blue macaw will perch on your arm if you make the trip to the Expocentre in Noida’s Sector 62, but there are barely a handful of dogs to see.

But of the two full-grown dogs spotted on the second day of the IIPTF, one was a beautiful salivating Bull Mastiff — a giant version of the pugs seen in ads of a certain ruling cellular service provider — and the other, a tail-wagging brindle (stripe patterned) Great Dane that was a part of the India Air Force dog show. You can watch these air force pooches jump through hoops and perform basic tricks at 11 am, and twice more at 2 and 5 pm.

Three odd stalls though, did have caged pups on display. A frisky little Cocker Spaniel can be yours for Rs 25,000, while an Indian Pekinese at Rs 15,000 is nearly 10 grand cheaper than the imported ones.

Uttara Radhakrishna, owner of a golden retriever, expressed her disappointment at not being able to see the dog’s bloodline. “Pups all look very cute, but before buying a dog, one would like to see its parents and pedigree.”

A fair number of booths had on display leashes, stainless steel food bowls, customised pet food, rubber toys and grooming services. At Rs 400, an oil massage for a Rottweiler will cost you just as much as movie and multiplex popcorn. Depending on the size of your dog — cheaper if you own a Paris Hilton-type purse dog — a thousand bucks will go a long way in the makeover of your mutt.

Commenting on crowd turnout, exhibitor Naveen Kohli of Love ‘N Care rubber pet products felt it was the venue that perhaps was keeping people away. “Pragati Maidan is the most convenient,” he said. If you make the trip, do so for the birds. The admission fee, after all, is only Rs 30.