OVER 50 dog lovers had a leisurely and interactive Sunday morning with their prized pets at the ISPCA Pets’ Sports Day.
Held at the tranquil Qing Xin Ling Leisure and Cultural Village in Taman Saikat, many were seen walking with their dogs, whose breeds ranged from poodles and golden retrievers to alaskan malamutes and dobermans.
Visitors to the village were also seen admiring the dogs as some asked for permission to take pictures with them.
Around 20 owners signed up for the sports events, while the others were there to watch and spend time with their family and pets.
There were five sports categories – the 20m run, hula hoop jumping, S-shaped run, five-second stand and fetch.
Ipoh Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals president Ricky Soong said the casual event was organised to allow pets to have a day out and move around in an open-air area.
“I realise that there are not many public parks in Ipoh so pet dogs tend to be cooped up at home most of the time.
“They will feel bored. It’s the same as asking a human to just stay at home for three weeks without having much to do,” he said.
“So this event is a good chance for the dogs and their owners to strengthen their relationship.
“The dogs can also meet other dogs here too, be it of a similar or different breeds,” he added at the event.
Soong also said he was fortunate that the manager of Qing Xin Ling agreed to work together with the society to put together the event.
“I hope that there will be more places like this so that owners and their dogs can have a proper environment to walk around and play,” he said.