Show dogs strut their stuff

South Africa’s Finest Bully Show took place at Hamilton Sports Club on a sunny Saturday morning, a first for the city of East London.

The show saw canine lovers come together for a display of their four- legged friends, with many different breeds on show such as bull terriers, pitbulls and french bulldogs, to name but a few.

Show organiser Marcel Thurston said the overall result was absolutely fantastic, with a big turn-out.

GOOD DOG: One of the many participants in Saturday’s Bully Show Picture: AMANDA NANO

“It was a great success which I couldn’t have done without the support of Glen Lloyd and the organising committee. There was also a great reception from the public,” Thurston said.

Kennels from as far as Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth were present, as well as representatives from the American Bully Federation of Southern Africa.

The show had a variety of stalls available including K9 accessories, food stalls and even a tattoo parlour on site, as well as a car display. A ninja display proved to be a crowd puller, as well as a dog demonstration.

Sean Moss enjoyed the variety of entertainment available. “This is awesome and so very well put together,” he said.

The East London SPCA was also on site to view this first for the city and gave it a thumbs up.

SPCA general manager Allen Westerberg said there was a need to educate others.

“There’s a need to go into areas such as Buffalo Flats and townships to create awareness on animal care dog keeping and one can learn a lot from this kind of show,” Westerberg said.

Thurston said it was added that it’s too early to predict a repeat of the show as yet, and the community was encouraged to e-mail marcelthurston@gmail.com for feedback.

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