Sadie, a gorgeous German Shepherd cross owned by a very proud Boy Nxele, won Best on Show at the fourth annual Hill’s Township Dog Show, recently held in Lidgetton, KwaZulu-Natal.
Unlike traditional shows where the entrants arrive ready groomed, at the Hill’s Township Dog Show each of the 77 contestants were first given a lead and collar, then had a veterinary check up and were dipped, de-wormed and inoculated before entering the show ring.
This was the fourth Hill’s Township Dog Show organised by the uMngeni SPCA, as part of their ongoing outreach programme. “We held the show in Lidgetton for the first time this year because we’ve seen the positive difference it has made in the Mpophomeni area. We are trying to reach as many communities as possible,” said uMngeni SPCA’s Adrienne Olivier, the Show Co-ordinator.
“Sadie was in exceptional condition and had a lovely rapport with her owner,” said Olivier. “Her tail was wagging throughout the competition. Boy Nxele said that he’s always owned dogs and they are an important part of his life. This was very evident in his relationship with Sadie.”
Dr Lee Pachonic, one of the volunteer vets on duty, said she was very impressed with the condition of the participants. “It was a very happy day. Overall the dogs were well natured and healthy, although most weren’t sterilised. With the help of our volunteer interpreters from Michaelhouse School (and some rather embarrassed laughter) we managed to convince several owners to have their pets neutered.”
Sadie won Hill’s Science Plan food and a wooden kennel. Every contestant took home a bag of Hill’s Science Plan food, a lead, collar, bowl and blanket. Pinetown German Shepherd Dog Club gave out Zulu information booklets on dog care, and prizes were sponsored by Animal Talk, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Howick Cabins, Frontline as well as many other caring organisations and individuals.
To support the work of uMngeni SPCA or find out more about the Hill’s Township Dog Show contact Adrienne Olivier on telephone 083 636 0891 or email adishaya(at)mweb.co.za.