IREO hosts first ever Dog & Flower show in Ludhiana

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The Ireo horticulture team and Ludhiana Kennel club collaborated on a show that put nearly 300 adorable canines, and spring’s beautiful blooms, in the spotlight

NewZNew (Ludhiana – Kulbir Singh Kalsi) : Ludhianavis and dogs had their day on Sunday, at Ireo’s Dog & Flower Show! It was a perfect spring day to enjoy the canine show amidst beautiful landscaped greens and a line-up of the loveliest seasonal flowers, at Ireo Waterfront. At the dog-parade which was held in association with the Ludhiana Kennel Club, pet lovers got an opportunity to walk their dogs down the ramp — complete with colorful costumes and imaginative accessories. Several prized breeds including German Shepherd, Rottweiler, Spitz, Pug, Cocker Spaniel, and Pomeranian strut their stuff. They had to vie for attention with the exquisite flowers on display.

Blooms like Antirrhinum, Brachycome, Calendula and Schefflera, to name just a few from this competition, delighted on-lookers. Entries qualified on the basis of variety such as cacti, succulents in pots, perennially flowering plants, Bonzai, artistic arrangements and so on. People with green fingers – everyone from government employees, corporate executives and even institutions – signed up to compete in the flower contest.

The idea behind the initiative was to encourage like-minded people to gather with their pets and pots, bond over the show, and also appreciate the colorful blossoms of spring-time. The event gave attendees an opportunity to interact with each other. In addition to the parade and flower show, highlights included a costume contest, and an awards ceremony. There were 45 breeds of dogs (from Kolkata, Delhi, Rajasthan, UP & Haryana apart from Punjab) participating in the show. For the flower show more than 54 varieties of plants were awarded. Over 2000 people gathered to make the show a resounding success.

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Speaking at the event, Mr. Madhukar Tulsi, President at Ireo, commented, “We are delighted to organize a dog and flower show for the very first time for Ludhianavis, their pets, and prized blooms. With the ongoing possession of first villas and plots of phase 1 and 2, at this world class 500-acre township, it is gratifying to witness Ireo Waterfront turn into an epicenter for social events.”

The canines wore coats, frocks with accessories like colorful hair bands, neck collars, body belts, goggles, ribbons and scarves. Everybody thoroughly enjoyed the dog parade, kids’ games and shopping arcade. A live DJ, tub-thumping music and finger-licking good food complimented the show, and contributed to guests having an unforgettable day-out. Dogs were awarded for good behavior, their obedience, how well trained they were and how well groomed they were.

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