I had the pleasure and honour to visit this great Country in February 2023, when I was part of the International judging panel at the Pakistan Kennel Club’s Championship All Breed Show.
I was hugely impressed, first of all with the hospitality shown towards me by the Pakistani people. They certainly go out of their way to make you feel welcome. One thing that really stood out is when after 3 days I arrived there, I received a call from the immigration officer that attended to me at the airport asking me whether everything is allright and if I needed anything, impressive!
Our host, PKC’s President Syed Imitiaz Hussain made sure that we were looked after like royalty, I am forever grateful to this great man who is doing a sterling job to improve the dog scene in Pakistan, his dedication and non-stop commitment towards PKC is very commendable and impressive.
The show itself was organised in a big public garden, and upon visiting the venue a day before the show I was hugely impressed by the great number of people and volunteers working tirelessly to prepare the venue, and they did a splendid job. The venue was decorated with flowers, red carpets, big rings, everything organised to every detail.
On show day, the positive experience was no less. So many helpers at the show, a number of stewards, all working tirelessly to see that the show goes flawlessly. The erray of lovely trophies and prizes handed out was indeed impressive as well. There was a very good entry of dogs, some of very good quality, with some needing training on handling and presentation, like anywhere else. Above all, the participants were very friendly and their level of sportsmanship was indeed commendable. Most importantly, they are eager to learn and improve, which is very important. It is very evident that their strongest breeds, in quality and quantity, are the German Shepherd Dogs, Labradors and Golden Retrievers, and they can hold their ground in any competition around the World!
It was an overall a very good experience judging at the PKC show, and certainly a most enjoyable one. If only I had an idea of what I would have been experiencing, I would have certainly spent more days there to go around their vast and beautiful Country and experiencing their culture.
Well done again to the PKC President and his team, their sponsors, which plays a very important part in their continous success. Keep up the good work and I certainly wish you more success in the future.