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Pretty pooches and their adoring owners converged on the car park of the Galleria Mall in Zinj as Lulu Hypermarket hosted a canine carnival featuring a plethora of activities aimed at showcasing love for pets.
The ‘Paws & Tails’ show stage last Friday included a number of stalls such as mobile grooming, pet food, education and training, photo booths and more.
There was something for everyone, and the highlight of the day was undoubtedly the dog fashion show which saw numerous owners parading their furry friends on the catwalk.
Other stalls provided on-the-spot veterinary checks, which proved hugely popular with visitors who could have their dogs fully examined without the usual costs associated with the exercise.
Guests also got to meet Bahrain’s celebrity dog Baloo, the loveable chocolate Labrador who is the mascot of the RIA Institute in Adliya for children with special needs. Baloo and his owner, Sarah Clarke, met families who were keen to take selfies with him and browse the best-selling illustrated book, ‘Where’s Baloo?’
Sarah said: “The event today has been brilliant. There have been lots of people interested in meeting Baloo and almost everyone has taken a picture with him!
“It’s also great to see people taking an interest in the book and spreading the word of what a therapy dog can do.
“I must say that Lulu have been amazing, both in terms of the organisation and for donating BD500 worth of pet food to Tony the Dogfather, whose stall I also worked on today selling dog accessories.”
A local band entertained the masses with a medley of tunes to accompany the sounds of barking and yelping emanating from the arena.
The Pampered Pets Paradise mobile stall was booming with activity, as pups were groomed, manicured and pedicured to perfection.
Puja Kumar, the proud owner of poodle Bella, said that she was delighted she decided to attend the carnival.
“Bella has had knotted fur for a while, so I decided to get her washed, brushed and groomed here. I’m so delighted I did because she’s now so fluffy and her coat is shining again,” she explained. “I might even go back and have her nails clipped!”
The atmosphere was positive and friendly, particularly for younger children who got to meet fluffy friends of all shapes and sizes. Overall, hundreds of people attended.
Lulu Hypermarket regional director Juzer Rupawala said: “We designed the Paws & Tails Show as a platform for the kingdom’s dog-lovers. Today we celebrated the sheer joy of the companionship of a dog with the focus being on giving him or her a great time.
“The occasion also helped to spread awareness about humane pet care such as a movement to encourage people to adopt dogs from animal shelters.”