The sun shone on Sunday, 7 August, at the eighth uMngeni SPCA/Hill's Township Dog Show held this year in Mafakathini, Howick. It is one of the biggest dog shows of its kind in the country and had 180 dogs and puppies competing for overall Best in Show, which was won Lisa, a cream cross-breed owned by Agnes Sbiyo, and a black Labrador cross-breed owned by Agnes Mpungase, won Reserve Best in Show.
Unlike traditional dog shows - where the entrants often arrive in 4x4s and are groomed to perfection – some of these contenders walked kilometres to participate. And before stepping into the show ring each dog attended the clinic for a thorough health check, de-worming, rabies vaccination and dip. Instead of promoting the breeding of pedigree pooches, this dog show with a difference actively encourages the sterilisation of every entrant.