A DAY FOR DACHSHUNDS

Animal Scene - - ANIMALS ON THE SCENE - Text by MAXINE LOUISE LAGMAN

It’s rain­ing cats and dachies!

Dachshund en­thu­si­asts braved the heavy rains to at­tend the first Grand Eye­ball or­ga­nized by Dachshund En­thu­si­asts in the Philip­pines (DEP) at the Man­daluy­ong City Hall Com­plex. DEP gath­ered the big­gest num­ber of dachshund en­thu­si­asts un­der one roof to pro­mote the preser­va­tion of the breed in the Philip­pines. Dur­ing the get-to­gether, the group ad­vo­cated re­spon­si­ble breed­ing and ed­u­cated the par­tic­i­pants about breed stan­dards.

“A num­ber of dachshunds with an as­sort­ment of coats, col­ors, and pat­terns were show­cased in the event. [Ev­ery en­thu­si­ast] needs to study the ge­net­ics of the breed to come up with a breed­ing de­ci­sion that will guar­an­tee pos­i­tive re­sults," said DEP Group Ad­min­is­tra­tor Richard Li­mon.

The Univer­sity of the Philip­pines (UP) Al­pha Ch­i­ron So­ci­ety did a pre­sen­ta­tion on ra­bies aware­ness while the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources– Bu­reau of An­i­mal In­dus­try high­lighted their anti-ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion pro­gram. Pet­den­tity in­tro­duced pet mi­crochip­ping to the at­ten­dees. Mean­while, the Philip­pine Ca­nine Club, Inc. pro­vided ser­vices, in­clud­ing free mem­ber­ship, reg­is­tra­tion, re­newals, and listing of un­reg­is­tered dogs. Par­tic­i­pants mobbed UP Al­pha Ch­i­ron So­ci­ety’s booth, which gave free health check-ups to dachshunds, prov­ing how the health of their furry com­pan­ions was a top pri­or­ity. Man­daluy­ong City Coun­cilor Charisse Marie Aba­los-var­gas, also a dog lover, wel­comed the mem­bers of DEP and the rest of the guests. Cat and Dog Fash­ion­istas, a group that pro­motes re­spon­si­ble pet par­ent­ing through stylish ca­nine and fe­line cou­ture, headed the pet fash­ion show with a pet wed­ding theme. “De­spite the in­clement weather, DEP mem­bers, guests, spon­sors, and the vis­it­ing pub­lic-flocked the venue, filled the rafters, and de­fied the dis­mal weather fore­cast of the day,” said Li­mon. While dachshunds had their fun at the eat­ing con­test spon­sored by Top Breed, their hu­man com­pan­ions re­ceived free­bies and loot bags pro­vided by spon­sors.

1. Eat­ing con­test spon­sored by Top Breed 2. Philip­pine Ca­nine Club, Inc. 3. Man­daluy­ong City Coun­cilor Charisse Marie Aba­los-var­gas and Dachshund En­thu­si­asts in the Philip­pines Group Ad­min­is­tra­tor Richard Li­mon

4. UP Al­pha Ch­i­ron So­ci­ety health checkup and anti-ra­bies vac­ci­na­tion 5. DEP group mod­er­a­tors and com­mit­tee mem­bers 6. Pet­den­tity’s De­nis Or­sua (right)

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