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Man’s Best Friend
The phrase “Man’s Best Friend’” has been in used for centuries, referring to the unselfish lifetime companion which is his dog. Through evolution from species of wolves, the dogs has been around for ages and are known to be the first domesticated animal.
Since their domestication, they have served mankind in many different ways: protecting the house, assisting the handicapped, jobs with the police and military and most common of all, companionship. Dogs have become one of the most widely accepted animal as a pet.
Let’s take a step back and let’s really pondered deeper into the term “Man’s Best Friend”? We easily accept that they are our most loyal companions, but is the feeling mutual?
Recently, I had the honour of shooting for PAWS (Piasau Animal Welfare Support) during their Dogathon and Doggie Show. We see a lot of dog shows all the time, but that’s mostly just dogs in their cages being displayed. This was different. It was my first ever dogathon and an actual dog show where the dogs display their skills in many categories including agility and obedience.
Many of the PAWS merchandize on sale
Picture (left): Lady looking at all the curious passers-by. Picture (right): Pipi taking a sip keeping himself hydrated during the hot morning.
Picture (left): The committee working hard to the very last minute to make sure nothing is missed, Picture (right): The stop watch and marking sheet that the invited judges will use.
Picture (left): A PAWS Volunteer making sure the dogs does not go thirsty in their ‘waiting room’. Picture (right): Frosty patiently waiting for his bowl to be filled with yummy food.
Before long, many other people started arriving with their best friends, ready to join in for the dogathon. The response from the public was extremely good, where there was close to 30 participating dogs for the dogathon itself.
Many opportunities for picture taking
And while the kids (human and dogs alike) were busy interacting among themselves, the adults had more serious business to tend to…
It was almost time to start the dogathon. The heat from the rising sun can be felt as the day came closer to noon.
Ming Cafe was gracious and kind enough to host as the halfway and resting point of the dogathon. When everyone had arrived, the four-legged friends were treated with water which they gulped on rather quickly, showing how thirsty they were.
After having their drinks and nourishing themselves, it was time for them to rest for a moment before the last half of the dogathon. Picture (left): Frosty leaving herself into the arms of his best friend. Picture (right): Leaning on the flower pot is also a good way to rest.
Finally there! The sight of the Civic Centre was a big relieve, even to the four-legged friends who immediately recognized the structure and knew they have reached their destination.
As best friends, they do everything together. The times spent together, the moments they went through together. It is not surprising that trust is built, so the point that our four-legged friends who put their full trust in you, no matter where, no matter the challenges ahead.
Walking the bridge might seem an easy task for us, but its quite a daunting task for our four-legged friends where one wrong footing might mean a nasty fall to the ground.
Picture (left): Frosty takes a moment to checks the surrounding before coming out from the tunnel. Picture (right): Lady (the one with the four leg) slowly but surely completes the obstacles.
Eating competition: the challenge here lies mainly on the two-legged ones. The four-legged ones could eat up their food in seconds, while the two-legged ones are struggling to quickly finish theirs.
Then came the big boys, the K9 Training Centre. They displayed many different skills that awed the spectators.
It was clearly a memorable time not only for the spectators, but also for the participants. The activities and challenges presented in the competitions of the Doggie Show are not everyday routines that they would normally go through. This was once in a lifetime experience for most. Above all else, it was a chance for the two best friends to bond. It brings their friendship to new heights.
How many of us remembers our most loved best friend? We all do I bet. All the years together, all the companionship with each other. We have to remember, we are the ones that will outlive our best friends. In most cases, we are the only best friends they will ever have in their life. Not two, not one… just YOU. In your dog’s whole lifetime, you are THE best friend. From the moment of birth, to the moment of the first walk, the first bark … till the very last breath. Your dog knows no other companion.
Do you remember …
… the moments that you took him and gave him all the hugs he could ever want so that he knows that he is loved, he has a home and thanking him for giving you such happiness, such unwavering companionship and love.
They are man’s best friend because we are their only friend. We are their longest relationship and their constant companion. We are their only experience of true love. We are…
… their best friend.
PAWS is dedicated in decreasing the number of stray animals (not just dogs) by making sure each stray finds a home and experience what true love and friendship is … then he can finally have a best friend too.
Have a look at PAWS’ Homes Needed section and you might just find the companion that you have always longed for, your best friend.
PAWS’ also organizes many other activities for people with best friends, such as the PAWS Dog-A-Walk which is held regularly in which it also allows best friends to spend quality time bonding with each other.
Until then, here’s me looking forward to have the chance to be among these new found friends, both two legs and four legs again next year. But for now, the next up and coming PAWS’ Roadshow that will be held from October 4 – 6, 2013. See you there!!!