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Dog’s day out

Dog A’Fair, a dog carnival, will now be a regular bi-annual event to be held in South and North Mumbai
Hindustan Times | By Jayeeta Mazumder, Mumbai
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2010 03:03 PM IST

Inshy and Tasha had enough space to roll about on grassy lawns, but they didn’t really have any friends. This made their owner Farzana Contractor come up with an idea and that’s how the dog carnival, Dog A’Fair, started in January 2010.

This time around, the two-day event will be inaugurated by Priya Dutt today, at 6 pm, who will arrive with her own two pets — a Siberian Husky and a Golden Retriever.

No more guilt
“My dogs were quite alienated. I didn’t know any other dogs in the terrain and I didn’t know where to take them for a fun outing. I’d usually take them to my farmhouse at Karjat or Panchgani. But then I realised that we work hard and these are the little creatures that give us so much joy at the end of the day and they had no means of enjoyment. That made me feel guilty,” Contractor explains.

In fact, she laughs about the fact that her Lhasa Apsos are more human than dogs, because they’ve always had human interactions only.

But thanks to the carnival, your pets will now have their share of fun too. In fact, Contractor plans to make it a bi-annual carnival and hold it in South and North Mumbai. “There are a lot of dog shows happening in the city, but ours is unique because it’s a carnival,” she says.

Some of the activities on offer include musical chair, ice-cream eating contest and beauty pageant. However, their USP is the doggie pool that they will place for dogs to take a dip.

Your dog can also get his/her match here! Just get your pet signed up and Doggiemonials will arrange it for you. “It’s all free and anyone can participate. But please bring your dog yourself, don’t send them with your help,” she pleads.

You may even adopt a dog from the ones that an animal NGO will bring in. Contractor rues that the roads in Mumbai are far from clean for the furry dogs: “It’s a tragedy. Smaller dogs don’t really need a lot of exercise, but grooming sessions are necessary,” she says.

Tail tales
She also feels that the stray dog problem can be dealt with better, if more people are made aware of the situation. Which is why talks educating about dogs will be held. “We’ll also have a dog tale hour where people will tell stories about their dogs,” she smiles.

Judging the beauty pageant, on May 9, at 6 pm will be Boman Irani, Mandira Bedi, Pooja Bedi and Smita Thackeray — present with their own pets.

Watch out!
A dog adoption pound, wherein 10 to 12 dogs will be up for adoption, with a vet on call to certify and answer queries. Dog A’Fair Doggiemonials, where people looking for a mate for their dogs can register and get matchmakers.

A Doggie Beauty Pageant, on May 9, 6 pm, to be judged by celebrities including Mandira Bedi, Pooja Bedi, Boman Irani and Smita Thackeray, who will come with their own pets.

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