THE bigger and better 2004 Dubai Pedigree and Whiskas Pet Show is set to thrill the whole family with classic competitions and new tricks at the Nad Al Sheba Golf Club on Friday, February 20. Barking, meowing and twittering will mingle with the shouts of joy and excitement from children ...

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Published: Tue 20 Jan 2004, 2:17 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 12:43 AM

and adults alike at the largest regional show of its kind, now in its 16th year. For months now, animals and their owners have been primping, prancing and practising for this one day when pets take precedence.

Last year more than 25,000 people and 1,000 competing dogs attended. This year's event will be larger Ð not only in terms of total ground cover Ð but also in the addition of a third show ring and more judges, fun class competitions, entertainment and children's activities.

"The pet show presented by Pedigree and Whiskas focuses everyone's attention on the relationship between man and animal. The enhanced size of the show reflects our continued commitment to bringing the many opportunities presented by the wide world of pets to the public's eye. It is exciting for us to develop this major event, which advances awareness of and respect for these wonderful animals," said Rania Danaf, Category Development Manager, Pet Care, MasterFoods.

As before, the highlight of the event is the dogs show competition, which will be evaluated by four international judges flown in from the United Kingdom. Participants wishing to register for the competition can do so on the day of the show. Meanwhile, feline and aviary enthusiasts will be able to visit the Whiskas Cat Tent and the Trill Aviary Tent for displays of some of the rarest breeds of cats and birds.

Some of the new elements in this year's show are a second competition ring and a second pair of judges to handle the pedigree and crossbreed classes, thereby making more time for the fun classes and charity dog displays.

Also new this year is a dedicated veterinary area, dubbed the "Vet Avenue" that will feature professionals offering free expert advice and guidance on pet care, ranging from pet exercise, mannerisms and grooming to health and nutrition.

The ever popular Agility Arena will not only feature the crowd-pleasing dog hurdles, but for the first time will include a jaw-dropping obedience and skills presentation of fly ball training.

Moreover, there will be more children's entertainment than ever before, with fairground games, clowns, stilt walkers and balloon benders, just to name a few, keeping young ones enthralled, while bouncy castles and face and henna painting will add another element to the amusement area. The popular craft village will again entertain browsers and shoppers alike with more than 100 vendors expected to display their unique merchandise.

As in previous years, the police dog training officers of the Dubai, Al Am and Ras Al Khaimah police departments will be holding fascinating demonstrations showing off the dogs' extraordinary crime-fighting skills.

With the assistance of Feline Friends, the Whiskas Cat Tent again will host the beautiful cat parade displaying a wide array of feline breeds and featuring charity activities to highlight their humane activities.

Returning favourites also include the Trill Aviary Tent, which will exhibit a variety of small and large tropical birds. Qualified local falcon and racing pigeon breeders and trainers also will be on hand to display their birds and answer questions about these time-honoured companion animals.

Sure to be a pet-lovers dream, the 2004 Pedigree and Whiskas Pet Show Ð with loads of food and plenty of entertainment added to the animal competitions and displays promises to offer a once-a-year day of fun for the entire family.

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