A psychologist once said, “what makes dogs remarkable is not their smarts, but their capacity to form affectionate relationships with other species — in short, to love.” Whether you want someone to cuddle up near you while reading a good book or running beside you as you jog or run, a dog will be there to fill that role and do it perfectly and diligently and obediently and so much more.
Dogs makes me so happy. They are my pride and joy. I call them my little humans (my little babies). No other words best describe what they mean to me more than those three little words. I am lucky to have brought up at least 7 dogs in this lifetime, at different times and stages. Sadly, I have lost some while happily I still have others. I often joke with my friends, that I have visitation rights to see some of my dogs, with whom I share with one of my Ex’s.
I know i speak for many when i say this from a personal experience; one of my favorite moments with my little humans is when I get home, no matter what type of day I have had, the cheer and excitement the little humans bring me when they see me cannot even be described in one sentence. It is an awesome feeling that needs no words.
Every year, the East African Kennel club (EAKC) organizes various dog shows at the Nairobi racecourse that are a must attend if you are a dog breeder or dog owner or simply a fan of these furry beautiful animals. The EAKC is an internationally recognized registry service for breeders of Pedigree Dogs that has a register for imports and locally bred dogs. It keeps the birth and breeding records of purebred dogs such as German Shepherds, Labradors, Rottweilers, Caucasian Shepherds, Shih Tzu and many, many more.
If you are looking to get a dog, the EAKC is there to help you get what you want. They are the official canine governing body and registry for Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. With Pedigree dogs from EAKC, you get their history and recorded family trees and documents including record changes of ownership much like those of a car. These records help to avoid inbreeding and maintaining the quality of the different breeds. A dog without papers is not a pedigree, whether it looks like one or not.
Records are carefully maintained all over the world and when these dogs move to a new country their records follow and are then submitted to the National Kennel Club upon arrival.
I love the dog shows because you get to meet and interreact with all the breeders and get to see the types of pedigrees in Kenya. Infact if you are looking for a specific breed, this is the place. Dogs are wonderful. As Oprah once said, “Dogs are my favorite role models. I want to work like a dog, doing what I was born to do with joy and purpose. I want to play like a dog, with total, jolly abandon. I want to love like a dog, with unabashed devotion and complete lack of concern about what people do for a living, how much money they have, or how much they weigh. The fact that we still live with dogs, even when we do not have to herd or hunt our dinner, gives me hope for humans and canines alike”.
A dog is a best friend who does not catch feelings like humans do. They are incredibly great pets for families with kids of all ages. They are loving, loyal, and great companions, who will not only help teach your children learn about responsibility, but also about unconditional love. Dogs are affectionate animals that have a positive impact on kids.
This was the last dog championship show held before Covid- 19 hit Kenya. It was held on the last weekend of February- 22nd and 23rd- 2020 at the EAKC Show ground, Jamhuri Park. It was dubbed the Ladies Kennel Association 53rd Championship dog show. The main judge was Michael Forte, whose judging career began in 1981 and currently the President of Bernese Mountain dog club of Ireland.