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Dog owner and 'best friends' unleash global winning ways

Series of accolades at renowned dog shows has gained them a reputation

Published on Jun 23, 2014 6:16 AM
 
Mr Chua with his pet toy poodle Polar Bear, which is among the dozens of dogs he has owned in the past two decades. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

You may not have heard of Mr Chua Ming Kok, but the Singaporean gets cheers usually reserved for rock stars whenever he performs in stadiums abroad.

The cheers are in fact not only for him, but for his "best friends" too. The 40-year-old childcare and tuition centre operator competes along with his pet dogs in canine shows around the world. These events pit canines against one another to compare their beauty, agility and obedience.

He and his charges have gained quite a reputation for themselves.

In 2011, Mark, one of his papillons - toy spaniels whose hair around the ears resembles a butterfly - won Best of Breed at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It beat nearly 150 other papillons from the United States.

 
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