Better to look at the Dogs

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

kuhu-5This is my elder grand daughter Kuhu (Adwiteeya Mohapatra) as she was seen last year while watching the Bhubaneswar Dog Show,organized by Orissa kennel Club. She is now in Class Two in Delhi Public School – Kalinga and has contributed the pictures used in this posting.

Last year, while editorializing our report on the Dog Show, we had call upon the State Government for allocation of land in the capital city to the OKC for a permanent Dog Park on the grounds we had elaborated therein. A click here would lead to that plea. The government is yet to pay attention to this urgent need.

In absence of a permanent park, Dog Shows are being organized in inclement conditions, shifting from place to place each year. This year the venue was the ground of Unit I high school. But, it was also a last moment arrangement, Originally, the Show was scheduled to be held at the Government Boys High School play ground at Unit VI.

The new venue was location wise a disaster to Dog Shows as separated just by a compound wall from Bhubaneswar’s largest vegetable market, the dogs were severely affected and detracted by the stupendous noise of the market. But, for the Kennel Club organizers, there was no choice.

The participation was, like previous years, tremendous. Besides participants from Bhubaneswar and other parts of Orissa, Dogs came from outside the State like Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Andra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.

Judges were Mr. Roberto Santos Tesoro from Philippines, Mr. C. V. Sudarsan and Mr. C. R. Patnaik, both acclaimed Judges of Kennel Club of India.

There were participation from Toy Group comprising Chihuahua (long coat), Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Pomeranian, and Pug; from Terrier Group comprising American Staffordshire Terrier, Fox Terrier (Smooth), and Welsh Terrier; Utility Group having Akita, Bull Dog, Dalmatian, French Bull Dog, Poodle (Standard), and Shih Tzu; Hound Group represented by Afghan Hound, Beagle, Dachshund Standard (Long Haired), Dachshund Standard (Smooth Haired), and Whippet; Gun Dog Group represented by Cocker Spaniel (American), Golden Retriever, Iris Setter, Labrador Retriever, Pointer, Spaniel English Springer; Working Group including Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Bullmastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Dogo Argentino, Great Dane, Mastiff (English), Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, Tibetan Mastiff; and from Pastoral Group comprising Belgian Shepherd Dog (Malinois) and German Shepherd Dog.

Kuhu captured some of the pleasant moments:

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We earnestly appeal again to the authorities to give the Orissa Kennel Club the Orissa Kennel Club a gift of at least one Acres of land in a central location in the city of Bhubaneswar for a permanent Dog Park, in view of Dog Shows attracting national participation as shown supra. The land can be used for useful training of dogs and purposes as mentioned in our original discussion on the subject under the (already linked to) caption:

Bhubaneswar badly needs a Dog Park


Bhubaneswar badly needs a Dog Park

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

LOGO OF ORISSA KENNEL CLUBA section of dog lovers around the show ringThe Dog Shows conducted by Orissa Kennel Club have generated a remarkable interest amongst the general public in knowing the dog and understanding how blissful is educating the dog with obedience training and how gainful is exploring the dog’s immense potentiality in having a tension-free environment.

This year, on December 8 and 9, the Orissa Kennel Club (OKC) presented 242 members of different breeds in its 43rd and 44th Championship Shows in a competition camp erected for the specific purpose on the veterinary ground of Orissa Veterinary College in the campus of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology.

Out of them, 23 dogs and bitches participated in ‘Obedience Training Test’. They included Beagle, Cocker Spaniel, Doberman, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Lhasa Apso, and Pug.

Show Championship was conducted group-wise leading to selection of the best exhibit. In the Toy Group, there were Chihuahua (long coat), Chihuahua (smooth coat) Chinese Crested Dog, Miniature Pinscher, Pekingese, Pomeranian, Poodle (Toy), and Pug. Majority of participants in this group was Pug numbering 27.

Even as Fox Terrior-Smooth Hair represented the Terrior Group, the Utility Group had three breeds: Akita, Lhasa Apso and Poodle (Standard).

In the Hound Group,there were six breeds: Afgan Hound, Beagle, Dachshund Muiniature (smooth haired), Dachshund Standard (smooth haired), Grey Hound, and Whippet. Beagle being 20 in numbers constituted the majority of this group.

Five breeds comprised the Gundog group. They were Cocker Spaniel (American), Cocker Spaniel (English), Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, and Pointer, Labrador Retriever, with a strength of 36 contestants, formed the majority of this group.

The Working Group comprised Alaskan Malamute, Boxer, Bull Mastiff, Doberman Pinscher, Dogue De Bordeaux, French Mastiff, Great Dane, Neapolitan Mastiff, Rottweiler, Saint Bernard, Siberian Husky, and Tibetan Mastiff. Doberman Pincher with 20 numbers formed the majority of this group.

The German Shepherd Dogs formed the Pastoral Group. They were 36 in numbers.

The above statistics show that German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever are the two most popular amongst all the breeds that the dog lovers watched in the two-days long shows.

There was tremendous enthusiasm amongst Bhubaneswar residents to watch the dog exhibits. Senior citizens to School going kids were all seen enjoying the shows. Here below is a picture of a Prep student of Delhi Public School-Kalinga, Ms. Adwiteeya Mohapatra (five) using an ipod to capture Rottweilers in the ring.

prep student of DPS using ipod to capture Rottweiler

We have in our earlier report, linked supra, given the name of the winners amongst which was a Rottweiler that was the best in Obedience Trials.

However, here in this write-up, we want to urge upon the Government to wake up to the needs of the canine world of Bhubaneswar.

The following pictures would show how the dogs were tortured under the scorching sun, winter in Bhubaneswar having gone away with a mild presence for a couple of days.

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The OKC had done whatever best it could have done to provide cloth-enclosures for the dogs to take rest. But the Rings were open and the rays of the Sun were merciless.

Had there been natural foliage around and above the rings, the participant dogs would not have suffered so much hitting heat while exhibiting their class and calibers.
The Government must see into this.

Relevance of trained dogs to Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar, the capital City of Orissa, is now known as a citadel of criminals.

Earlier a single Deputy Superintendent of Police was keeping Bhubaneswar clean of crime. But now, not only it has a Commissioner of Police, but also the Director General of Police of the State is having his daily camp office in Bhubaneswar.

The severity of crime has become so monstrous that the Police Control Room is having 1500 numbers of SOS calls per day in the average. Attack on senior citizens, House-braking, and all possible heinous crimes are being perpetrated in Bhubaneswar. But the police are unable to curb crime by punishing the criminals.

Shortage of manpower is the main reason of Police failure, they say. Even, despite directions in the Act and various court orders, the Police Stations are not registering FIR in most of the cases, as that would multiply their responsibility, which they cannot discharge due to shortage of hands. So, Police service is inadequate and undependable.

In such a situation, how can the citizens be sure of safety?

The answer lies in recruitment of more and more trained dogs by households in Bhubaneswar.

With a trained dog on duty, there is no reason of worry over security. The people should be educated in dog keeping and should be encouraged to pet dogs, suitable to their homes, situations and purse; as there is no better way than this to stay safe in the city of crimes.

However, as we see now, many families are keeping dogs without imparting them any ‘canine good citizen’ training. That defeats the very purpose of keeping dogs. Sans canine education, even high pedigree dogs go haywire and become menacing sometimes to the extent of creating disillusionment for dogs in the first generation dog owners.

Very recently a highly esteemed advocate friend of mine sighed in relief, as a man ventured to accept his untrained Rottweiler, which, unable to handle, he was eager to dispose off.

It was just a sample of how lack of good canine-citizen education is making monsters of adorable pups in Bhubaneswar and dissuading neighbors from adopting dogs for themselves.

Fault lies not with the dogs; but with the owners who fail to give them the training in good manners.

Dog Shows are very essential for the types of my advocate friend in getting the clue from the exhibits on how to have the most charming associates in the canine friends.

Importance of dog

Over and above the dog’s monumental contributions to man’s sense of security, day by day, more and more increasingly, medical community is discovering the tremendous role the dogs are playing in the area of health care. As dreaded diseases like cancer are being detected by properly trained Entomology Scent Detecting Dogs, I saw that specially trained ‘Bedbug-sniffing Dogs’ are being used in USA to get rid of the “epidemic” of bugs sweeping households, schools, offices, movie theaters and other places. Locating and eradicating the pest problem, is a major area, where the trained dog is playing a great role.

The Bhubaneswar citizens are entitled to all these benefits that their canine friends can give them.

For this, needed is a permanent land for the OKC. If the government offers the OKC an area of 2 to 5 Acres of land, anywhere in the heart of the City for the exclusive purpose, the OKC can develop a permanent green foliage with adequate plantation and training tracks where dog owners can have their pets properly exercised and educated in social and behavioral sphere besides training in property guarding, pest sniffing and in all sorts of utility matter. Even in this exclusive park, medical counseling for dogs as well as expert guidance to dog owners may be made available every day. In this specific place, under the canopy of green foliage, Dog Shows would have their permanent location and dog owners a permanent meeting place for socialization of their pets and for mutual exchange of their experiences in dog keeping and training.

I urge upon the government to please pay due attention to this urgent necessity of a permanent Dog Park in Bhubaneswar.

Bhubaneswar Honors the Best Friend of Man under the Auspices of Orissa Kennel Club

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Year after year, Orissa Kennel Club (OKC) offers the opportunity to honor man’s best friend in the Capital City of the State, where ancient monuments continue to shower their blessings on the modern township.

French mastiff

This year, this opportunity came on December 9, when the OKC offered the ‘All Breeds Championship Dog Show’ preceded by ‘Obedience Trials’ on December 8.

judges welcomed
The event comprised the 43rd and 44th Championship Dog Shows where Mr. Percival Rodger Green of South Africa and Mr. Thomas Y. H. Lim of Singapore joined as judges respectively. India’s famous Canine Education expert Mr. J. Rangarajan was the ‘Obedience’ judge.

The best exhibits as per Mr. Green

judge rodger greenMr. Green has very vast experience in breeding and exhibiting champion dogs and in leading Kennel Clubs. He was President of Goldfields Kennel Club for twelve years and was a member of the Federal Council and the Executive Committee of the Kennel Union of Southern Africa. Having judged at almost all the major events in South Africa, since 1971, he has imparted judging in Austalia on six occasions, three occasions each in Brazil, Zambia and New Zealand, and Six occasions in India. Kennel Clubs at Peru, Canada, Norway, Thailand, Tasmania and Zimbabwe have also been benefited from his judging skill.

Under his judgment, Mr. Indranil Mukhopadyay’s German Shepherd Juri Vomstieglerhof bagged the Best Breed award in the 43rd Championship Dog Show, even as in the rest Best in the show Line-up, Ms. Paromita Mukherjee’s Labrador Retriever Rightway’s Winnie was second, Mr. Bikash Deb’s German Shepherd Bitch Chiravom Kirchturm (third), Mr. Subrata Chottopadyay’s Doberman Pincher Ind.Ch.Spirit of the Braves Armani (fourth), Mr. Saurabh Chaudhury’s Golden Retriever Ind. Ch. Especially Made Dezelkova (fifth), Mr. Subhasish Haldar’s Beagle Blueline Wright Run (sixth), Mr. Amarsh Pattanaik’s Rottweiller Hulk (seventh), Mr. Samrat Ghosh’s Pug Rock (eighth).

Ms. Paromita Mukherjee’s Labrador Retriever Rightway’s Winnie was the Best Breed in India Exhibit in the Show whereas Mr. Saurav Ghosh’s Golden Retriever Rock was adjudged the Best Puppy exhibit.

The Best Exhibits as per Mr. Lim

judge thomas limMr. Thomas Lim, holder of All Breeds License to judge and award Challenge Certificates at all Sanctioned and Championship Shows, has judged extensively in Singapore, Malaysia, Sarawak, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Wales, England, Brazil, Bolivia, China, Vietnam and India. He has also judged Cocker Spaniel, American Cocker Spaniel, Shetland Sheepdog, Beagle, Curly Coated Retriever, Poodle, Dachshund, Papilon and Pomeranian specialty Shows in England, S.Africa, New Zealand, Brazil and Indonesia.

In his judgment, Chiara Vom Kirchturm, a German Shepherd bitch jointly owned by Mr. Bikash Deb and Mr. Aswini Singh was the Best in Show in the 44th Championship, where the other best in show line-up were Mr. Ashis Dey’s Dachshund Std. (smooth-haired) dog Ind.Gr Ch Deywoo’s Eacball (2nd best exhibit), Ms. Salini Sahab’s Golden Retriever Bonett Bride Blended Whisky (3rd best exhibit), Mr. Samrat Ghosh’s Pug Rock (4th best exhibit), Mr. P. K. Ghosh’s Beagle Bunglewood’s Glock (5th best exhibit), Mr. Bikash Deb’s and Mr. Aswaini Singh’s jointly owned Akita Ashrafarm’s Dunhil Luxury (sixth best exhibit), Mr.Mrinal and Mr. S. Nandy’s jointly owned Fox Terrier (smooth-haired) Ch. Mastan (seventh best exhibit) and Mr. Suman Mandal’s Boxer Silver Clouds Image of Spirit (eighth best exhibit).

The Best Breed in India Exhibit in the Show was Mr. Ashis Dey’s Dachshun Std (smooth-haired) Ind.Gr.Ch.Deywoo’s Eacball and the Best Puppy Exhibit in the Show was Bunglewood’s Glock, a beagle owned by Mr. P. K. Ghosh.

The Best in Obedience as per Mr. Rangarajan

J-RANGARAJANMr. J. Rangarajan, belonging by birth to a dog-lovers’ family, is one of India’s most celebrated Canine Education Instructors. Founder of the Woodstock Dog Training School at Chennai, which also has branches in USA, he is a Kennel Club of India license-holder judge in Obedience Trials as well as an American Kennel Club approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. In USA, he had headed the Canine Security Division of a Security Company as its Vice-President; had a stint with Petco at Chicago as CEI running Group Obedience Training Classes. He is a member of various professional organizations like International Association for Canine Professions, USA; Association of Pet Dog Training, USA; American Society for Industrial Security, USA. While he is looking after his Canine Schools and professional assignments in both India and USA, he has been appointed to the first ever ‘Search and Rescue Service Dog Squad in the country by the Tamil Nadu Government to train dogs for search and rescue works under the Fire and Rescue Services.

Under his judgment, Rose, a Rottweiler owned by Joy Banik was the winner of the Obedience Trials held on December 8.

The Show was held in the Veterinary Grounds of Orissa Veterinary College in Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology campus under care of a Technical Committee comprising Orissa Kennel Club founder Dr. S. K. Ray, Club General Secretary S. R. Prusti, Executive member Rabindranath Sahoo, former Chief of Police Dog Squad Gobardhan Pattanaik, and C. R. Pattanaik, Santosh Biswas and Pradipta Mohanty.

When S. R. Prusti, Siddhartha Mohanty, Rabindranath Sahoo, Dr. S.K.Ray, David Wunn, Pradipta Mohanty, Santosh Biswas, Pritam Jena and Sanket Satpathy constituted the Show Committee, Dr. D. N. Panda, Dr. N. Sahu, Dr. M.R. Das, Dr. S. B. Swain, Dr. S.K.Senapati, Dr. I. Nath, Dr. Surendra Nayak, Dr. J.C.Jena, Dr. R.C.Patra, Dr. S, Biswal, Dr. Gitarani Jena, Dr. R. K. Das and Dr. Jasmit Singh were the veterinary experts.

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