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Animal Scene - - FELINE GOOD -

A week be­fore the expo, the life­style pho­to­shoot was sched­uled with me, and Pet Ex­press chose pic­tures to dis­play on the big screen on­stage dur­ing the judging.

For our pho­to­shoot, we were given only ten min­utes each cat to ham it up. And if you have taken pic­tures of your pets, you know how chal­leng­ing that could be! Some were shy while oth­ers breezed through the shoot.

What chal­lenged me to do my best was the ded­i­ca­tion of these furba­bies’ par­ents. Each came armed with a bag filled with essentials: treats, toys, crinkly things to at­tract at­ten­tion, styling prod­ucts – the works! It was also quite a fam­ily af­fair for some as fam­ily mem­bers cheered on for their cat. It had a to­tally dif­fer­ent en­ergy com­pared to the usual pageants which were more fo­cused on the best in cos­tume or which lasted for only a day. It was more like Sur­vivor – and all the cat par­ents wanted to win.

In some ways, the con­test pro­vided a sense of pride and show­cased a dif­fer­ent level of hu­man-to-an­i­mal con­nec­tion. It pro­moted good health be­cause a healthy pet was a beau­ti­ful pet, and a happy and loved pet was al­ways a treat to the eyes. You just knew that the fi­nal­ists were liv­ing their best lives and the pageant was done in the spirit of good fun.

What I found ad­mirable was the bond that formed among the pet par­ents, who ended up sup­port­ing even the dog fi­nal­ists. It was still a com­pe­ti­tion with their ef­forts ev­i­dent in their so­cial me­dia cam­paigns, but since cats were in­volved, there was an air of un­pre­dictabil­ity while the friendly at­mos­phere was still main­tained through­out. Joanna Gamo­tia, dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing man­ager of Toy King­dom and Pet Ex­press, shared that the Dog and

Kitty Purry en­joys a calm­ing hug from her mom while wait­ing for their turn to strut be­fore the judges.

Yu­jin’s mom is a happy camper and re­ally makes their first time in this con­test count.

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