In Summary
  • It was beautiful seeing dogs dance, communicate and pass obedience tests.

  • All the dogs at the show were given free vaccination courtesy of Nakuru County government.

It is said that every dog has its day and August 24, was the day for over 100 canines at Nakuru Athletics Club where the canines put their best paws forward.

The third edition of Nakuru dog show attracted different types of breeds. The show dubbed Nakuru Pets Festivals was full of fun at the popular rugby pitch. It was fun seeing dogs dance, communicate and pass obedience tests.

Dog lovers from Nairobi and Nakuru shared how their relationship with their canines has impacted their lives.

RELATIONSHIPS

 “The joy shown in dogs helps bring people together, they make us explore some of the most important human stories through relationships with our best friends,” said Ms Linda Nyawira.

 “Dogs depicts many different kinds of human canine relationships,” added Nyawira.

Apart from appreciating the pets, the dog show was meant to demystify the notion that they are only for protection purposes.

 “Once you have a wonderful dog, life without one is a life diminished. My German shepherd makes my heart open a little wider,” said Nyawira, the event manager.

Damaris Kelly describes her little dog as “heart beat at her feet.”

“A dog will fill your life and that of your family with love and excitement and ask for nothing in return. The sincere excitement of your dog the moment you enter the house is irreplaceable,” said Ms Kelly.

RESPONSIBLE

Ms Judy Leah, says she has experienced the true meaning of the phrase that dog is man’s best friend.

“The minute I get home and my dog Kelly runs towards me, I forget the bad day in office,” said Ms Leah.

The show celebrated companionship of dogs while promoting responsible pet ownership, health and breed preservation.

All the dogs at the show were given free vaccination courtesy of Nakuru County government.

According to a new study published by Mayo Clinic (one of the largest not-for-profit academic health systems in the US), people who own pets, especially dogs, are more likely to have a better heart and mental health.

“Dogs help children who are mentally challenged to be more intelligent. They help them to open their minds by training them to be more responsible,” says Ms Nyawira.

 “Just petting a dog can make your blood pressure go down. My pet is my very own therapy dog. It gets me off the couch or out of bed a dozen times a day, running across the house. She keeps me moving as much as possible,” said Ms Alvine Kerubo.

COMPANION

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