The beauty pageant at Dog A’Fair’s second day, at Taj Land’s End, Bandra, showed that the city is generous when it comes to adopting the canines. Dogs of various shapes, sizes, colours and breeds, were presented by their owners, dolled up at the event. Some came across extremely confident, while some were shivering with nervousness, at the seaside lawn of the hotel. Some unique breeds like Mastiff, Afghan Hound, toy poodles and pugs were seen. And the winners are...
The beauty pageant at the carnival was a hit with guests, given that the list of pets who’d be walking increased every minute. On the judge’s panel were Boman Irani, Pooja Bedi, Mandira Bedi and RJ Mallishka, who came with their pets. Two hours later, the jury zeroed in on the winners — Bruno (St Bernard), Mufasa (Alaskan Husky Malamut) and Muffin (Shitzu). Meanwhile, most pets — particularly the big ones — seemed to have a crush on Irani’s dog, Laila.
Action on stage An old lady walked up to the makeshift stage and requested that someone from the audience adopts her pup because she looks after eight dogs and many of them are strays who were on the verge of dying when picked up. Several others were also looking for good homes for their canine friends. An adoption pound had been specially arranged for those who were interested.
Pow wow Tension flared between two huge labs as they clenched their paws and barked at each other, while a retriever rubbed its nose with a Tibetan spaniel, Tenzing. One dog was dressed like a belly dancer, while a brown toy brown poodle elicited maximum ‘aww’s. Shah Rukh Khan’s kids, Aryan and Suhana, also dropped in with their pet, Dash, that looked too lazy to walk the ramp. It made itself comfortable in Suhana’s arms. The belly-dancer-dog won the award for the best costume (quite expected).