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Star Metro Online, May 12, 2005 on Paws in the Park, Paws for a Cause Day


May 12, 2005, 6:55 PM

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Star Metro Online, May 12, 2005 on Paws in the Park, Paws for a Cause Day

metro.thestar.com.my/news/2005/5/10903748.html Dogs' day out at the park


Dogs of various breeds, sizes and ages had their day at the Paws in the Park, Paws for a Cause Day at Central Park in Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya last Sunday where funds for two animal shelters in the Klang Valley were raised.

Organised by Puppy.com.my, the Internet portal dedicated to dogs, the half-day event also aimed to promote responsible dog ownership in light of recent canine attacks and calls for stricter laws governing ownership. The funds were raised for the SPCA and PAWS.

A dog taking a breather and getting a drink of water during the event.More than 3,500 dog lovers and their pet companions made their way to the park to socialise and pick up valuable tips on canine care and ownership. The event kicked off at 8.30am and drew to an end at 2.30pm.

Veterinary Services Department director-general Datuk Dr Hawari Hussein, who launched the event at 10am, called on dog owners not to shirk from their duties towards the community.

“Responsible dog ownership is one aspect while being responsible towards the community is another. It would be infuriating for neighbours to discover dog poop outside their homes while the dog owner’s compound is clean,” he said.

“Today’s event is also proof that owners here are happy with their dogs, showing there is no need for dangerous dogs. Rules regarding dog ownership are created for a win-win situation and I think we can find ways to work around the current scenario,” he emphasised.

Also present were SPCA chairman Christine Chin, PAWS president Dr N. Cheng, Puppy.com.my chief executive officer Khoo Boo Gee and Pedigree Food for Dogs representative Ong Chiek Ming.

Highlights of the day were demonstrations by the Police K9 Unit on crowd control, crime control and drug detection while the rest of the dogs without badges had the thrill of participating in eight doggy games with their owners.

The furry members of the police K9 unit displayed their skills and thrilled the crowd with their abilities.Spotted at the park taking a breather with their four-year-old Golden Retriever, Crystal, were sisters Pang Lee Foon and Pang Chen Foon. The Pangs who were from Subang Jaya had signed Crystal up for the Musical Chair and Fastest Recall games.

“Crystal was doing fine but she got distracted half way through the Fastest Recall because she was the only large dog. She’s a great dog and has completed her novice training with the Malaysian Kennel Association (MKA),” said Lee Foon as she ran her fingers through Crystal’s silky fur.

Clowning around nearby with their two Great Danes, Hans and Freya, were Sumitra Seluaray and Sailendra Kanaagasundram.

According to Sailendra, who learnt of Paws in the Park, Paws for a Cause Day through Puppy.com.my, the event proved an interesting experience for the couple as they had the chance to compare notes on their dogs’ food preferences and habits with other Great Dane owners.

“It was nice to meet other large breed dog owners and we met at least 10 at the park. Although our dogs did not participate in any of the games, we grabbed the opportunity to socialise,” he said.

Pedigree Food for Dogs sponsored the event and gave away door gifts to the first 500 visitors. Other programmes for the day were lucky draws and free medical consultation and advice.

More than 10,700 members are registered with the Puppy.com.my website that also offers a forum for dog owners to share information and compare views on dog-related issues.

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