New dog run opens in Sembawang

Border collie Sheppi wowing the crowd at a dog obedience demonstration.

SINGAPORE - Dogs, birds, hamsters and cats had a big day out at a pet carnival yesterday at Sembawang Park, where a new site for dogs to run off leash was launched.

About 300 people turned up for a spot of fun at the event.

The canines wagged their tails in a contest and raced one another; and the hamsters exercised their tiny paws in a race won by Hammer, a greyish-white creature belonging to Isaac Wong, eight, and Valerie Wong, six.

Some interesting pets were also spotted, such as Kunai, a siberian husky painted with stripes to look like a white tiger. "But don't worry, this is not permanent dye. It comes off after a few washes," said owner Owen Sim, 46, a dog groomer and trainer.

National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan, who is a Sembawang GRC MP, launched the 2,700 sq m dog run at Sembawang Park. The sixth such site here, the fenced-off area is about the size of 2½ basketball courts.

Nurse Rebecca Tan, 42, who owns two dogs, said: "A new dog run site opens up more options. Running in open spaces keeps my dogs happy."

This article was first published on Sep15, 2014.
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