There were close to two hundred people waiting in a line to enter the "3rd Pet Carnival " held at Ramalingam Chettiar Higher Sec School, Saibaba Colony. We were amongst them, tired and tanned under the cruel sun. The organisers did a decent job, but it could have been better. Two hundred people was a bit too much for us, so we set off in search of an alternate entry point. Not only did we get ahead of the crowd, but we even avioded paying the thirty rupee entry fee. A small opening was left un gaurded near a " Bajje and Bonda " stall, and we walked in.
For a second the entire venue resembeled a poultry farm, there were chicken everywhere,some even offered on plates, at 20 Rs a serving, they tasted all right. Four stalls showcasing goats, atleast thats what they called them. To us they were mutated versions of goats, crossed with the ugliest of basset hounds. But shockingly these aninmals had a name, " Jamuna Bari ", and they could be sold at anywhere from forty thousand to four lakh rupees ! You could spot dozens of horses and other barn yard animals. One stall show cased persian cats that were on sale for ten thousand rupees.
Next we came across " Clothin Puppy", a brand that designed casual clothing for dogs. The stall was beyond crowded, dozens of visitors patiently waited to accesorise their furry friends. Shirts, neck ties, sweaters, gowns and more, all designed for doggies. The stall helpers dressed up the animals without any compliactions, that was until an owner walked in with a horse like "great dane". But surprisngly the stall owners had approprite clothing boxed away in the back, my photogrpaher was too shocked to click a pciture. You can find these products at select pet stores across the city, and they cost only a few hundreds or so. Check out the video in the corner if your curious as to how these fur balls are dressed. These costumes can make your ugly mut look like a CK model, but they have their own cons. Your pet would never enjoying easing himself ever again and the outfits get dirty easily.
The rest of the dog show was pretty standard. As expected there were many breeds, and tons of prizes given away. I expected to see an army of pugs dominating the crowds, but surprisngly there were very few of them. Instead there were great danes all over. The old hutch adverts had glorified the Pug breed, prices had gone up by a hundred percent, but later owners realised that they were very hard to maintain. There were dozens of Labradors all over. There were even a few Jack Russell Terrier's and Rotwilers. But the most unique breed we spotted was the French Bull Dog. We could go blah and blah about more breeds, but then you've heard that before.
One sad fact was that many of the animals in stalls were housed in a savage manner, caged like animals ready to be butchered, deprived and dehydrated like ten year old cows that were born for one purpose, to taste steel. That was a bit too much, but the you get the point folks. It was ironic that the "Humane Treatment of Animals Society" had put up a stall next to some these cages. But then irony goes hand in hand with reality, like lovers reunited after an eon. All in all, the Pet Carnival was jolly little event for the entire family. Ho ho ho !