9/02/2012

DAY OF THE PET 2012



VALLADOLID, Sunday the 17th of June

The 19th of june of last year and the 17th of june of this year had a little bit more in common than being a sunny and hot day. If the 19th of june of last year was already a success for Scooby  in terms of organizing the first competition of mixed breeds together with the City Council of Valladolid (see issue nummer 13), then the 17th of june of this year was exceptional. In fact, the third edition of the Day of the Pet by the City of Valladolid and the second edition of the competition of mixed breeds, was an outright success with thousands of people that visited the event.
On the 9th of june, in Salamanca they also organized their first version of the Day of the Pet, an Scooby was present there as well.
In Valladolid, the program was expanded with a series of lectures on the 10th, 11th and the 12th of june  in the recently opened C├║pula del Milenio.

ORGANIZATION
The same as last year, both in the organization and as judges in the competion,  the Official College of Veterinarians of Valladolid as well as the Municipal Association of Veterinarians attended.
The program covered all day, from 9 in the morning till 9 in the evening.  There were some new activities added to the program from last year and this way all the people from Valladolid could enjoy a day filled with activities around and about pets, such as  lectures, exhibitions, parades, sales stands and information stands about the care of animals. With the exception of noon, when it was too hot and activities were stopped to give everybody a chance to have lunch, the Paseo del Recoletos in Valladolid was the scene of incessant hustle and bustle and full of animal lovers.
As last year, our volunteers Facundo and Alicia, together with a group of 25 volunteers dedicated a lot of work and several months of preparation to this special day which was very rewarding because of the success of the day and the good organization.



NEWS
On of the new features of this second edition of this day organized by Scooby, was the involvement of the children of a primary school, with a drawing competition, the theme being “I care for and respect my pet”, and the prizes for the competition were handed out in the morning.
Another new feature was the grooming competition, which took place in the recreative area from 11.00 till 19.15, at which time the jury would decide, and where we could see, for example, how afghan galgos were being groomed and made to look gorgeous.
And also the association “Con Perros” from Salamanca was present all day, arranging walks with children an elderly people with pets. And there were costumes and balloons and candy all day in the playground area.

TROPHIES AND MEDALS
Trophies and medals were handed out to the three best ones in each category in the canine competition, the categories being:  the best on 6 legs, the smallest dog, the biggest dog, the most skilled dog and the most original mixed breed.
The pricewinning trophies were handed out at  13.45 with all the members of the jury present. Fermin handed out the trophy, the medal and a bag of dog food, to the “best dog in show”.
With a stand of Hogar de los Gatos, the cats were remembed too, including a competition of cat photograpy.
The thirsty, hungry and children were not forgotten either because from 11.00 till closing time drinks, food and activities or children were available.




EXHIBITIONS AND DOG SHOWS

In the afternoon, the competition for mixed breed dogs was alternated by exhibitions. The C.R.A.S. (Centre of Rehabilitation and Recuperating  Wild Birds)  demonstrated the release of 2 wildbirds completely recovered.

The dogshows for dogs available for adoption by the local pound of Valladolid and Scooby was a success. Facundo introduced each dog with their history and what he knew about them and in the end:  dogs were.. adopted!
After this came another dogshow  and the pricewinners were announced for the grooming competition.
And when the sun started to set, the Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME) gave us an demonstration of dogs for military work, security and rescue work.
In the end, Canuber closed the day with a demonstration of working dogs in obedience training.