Capital shows off top dog fiesta
The two-day festival was a fashion show with scores of stalls offering everything that pets and pet owners could need – blankets, cushioned baskets, biscuits, bones, and balls to play with
Billed as the 'cutest' pets (mainly dogs) festival of Delhi, dog lovers saw more than 2,500 furry creatures – of all sizes, shapes, and breeds turn up in their trendiest way, at 'Pet Fed' which was held at NSIC Okhla grounds on December 15 and 16.
Many were cradled in the arms of their owners, dressed in their best, while others came strutting on a short or long leash, walking. The two-day festival was a fashion show with scores of stalls offering everything that pets and pet owners could need – blankets, cushioned baskets, biscuits, bones, and balls to play with. Also, there were stalls which provided medicines and healthcare essentials.
Star of the show was a contingent of security dogs going through various loops and showing their skills and tricks on a goodly stage. The security dogs were brought by the SSB to demonstrate their military-style capabilities.
The fifth edition of Delhi's Top Dog (Pet Fed) was by no means a cheap affair. The entry tickets to the show ranged from Rs 250 each for those who brought their pets to the show and Rs 350 for the ones who joined as spectators. There was no shortage of visitors, and always four or five queues could be seen at the ticket windows.
Other than all the good-cute things about the pet festival, there were certain glitches which were observed during the weekend.
Off the main road, the footpath leading to the show arena was not a pretty scene. The visitors could find pet stool scattered on every five or ten feet in their walking distance. Most owners had no pouches to scoop the stuff to deposit it in some bin. In fact, there were no bins to be seen anywhere along the route.
As most pets are kept on a short leash, they cannot be led to some bush or the far edge of the path for discretion. Most of the parks in the capital come across this phenomenon on daily basis. Apart from calling their pets as their babies, pet owners need to keep in mind such small details too.
Just as the baby's poop is scooped and binned, a pet's stool should not be left on the roads or parks. Swachch Bharat being a part of this nation needs swachch 'pet care' too. The next edition of Pet Fed will be hosted in Mumbai on January 19-20.