We attended our first major Japanese Spitz gathering today at Sembawang Park! I’ve always avoided large gatherings of the breed because… this breed just doesn’t mix well together in peace. Hahaha!
Kept a lookout on Cookie like a hawk throughout, and kept him on leash most of the time. Glad I did. Because we did encounter a couple of active unleashed dogs intruding Cookie’s personal space and comfort zone too much. So it was much easier for me to control.
Anyway, this was a second date of the gathering as the weather didn’t cooperate on the original date. There were rain too this morning before the gathering. But glad it turned out fine just in time!
A photo with the banner! Such an effort to have one!
However, as expected of the anti-social Cookie, all he wants to do is to sniff the areas and mark around.
Sniffing everywhere! How about sniffing out some treasures for me so I can buy you more treats? 😛
“Hahahaha. How about sniffing them out yourself!”
“Here’s some fresh gold coming up for you!”
Good place to do his business. Right infront of the bin! And yes, please keep the park clean! Clear up your litters and pick up the poops!
Back to sniffing….
Happy boy! Overall, the space is great for the turnouts. Not crowded at all.
A random spitz buddy running towards me!
After awhile, Kanon and Cudtlez reached! Yay! It has been a long time since we met!
All the same faces from tired dogs 😛
Surprised there’s an actual photobooth set up! There’s props too!
And a mini and simple agility setup.
Cookie did it! Not bad, boy!
There’s also lucky draw and obedience contest.
I was quite upset over a remark made during the contest.
Dogs are required to stay inside a hulahoop for a min with distractions such as toys and foods prepared by the organiser for the first round. And those that could last for a min, make it to the second round.
Cookie managed to last 26 seconds. Oops. Cause I got distracted when the organiser took out Purina treat and place it right infront of his face. Worried he’ll eat it, I told the organiser not to let him eat it as I don’t feed that
rubbish brand. That’s when his paws came out of the hoop.
Next was a fellow spitz friend’s turn and I asked the organiser if the owner can feed her own treats as reward while the dog is remaining inside the hoop. He said yes, so the owner started rewarding. That’s when another organiser came over and said loudly & sacarstically “huh, how can feed like this. If feed like that, my dog also can stay inside for 1 hour”
I don’t think that was something pleasant to say, especially infront of the dog owner. And especially when the in-charge of the contest there said it was ok. #oversensitivedogownerhere
I also thought bigger sizes spitz were at disadvantage there as the hoop was a pretty small size one, and it’s a fixed size. So a smaller dog definitely have more room to fidget and move around with the distractions and temptations. Maybe something like staying behind a line with distractions placed infront of the line would have been better. But hey, it’s just a friendly and fun contest to entertain everyone so guess it doesn’t matter too much 😛
Camera was low in battery after that so no photos! We managed to stay till the event ended. Good job!
Guess whose the tallest in the group photo! 😛
Credit to fluffy_spitz
Before leaving, goodie bags were given to everyone.
Here’s a peak!
Look at that kpo boy.
Overall, we had a great time, Cookie did prettyyyyy well, I would say.
Thank you organisers for making the effort and time to make this gathering happen!