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Chiang Mai hosts its first official national dog show

Big cricket and squash weekend planned for Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai hosts its first official national dog show

Nuttanee Thaveephol and Metinee Chaikuna

A national dog show was held in Chiang Mai for the first time last weekend by the Dog Lovers Club of the North. The pampered pooch who would become the champion of Thailand was competing for the HRH Princess Galyani Vadhana trophy.

Puppy class competition! Big ones and small ones, but they are all puppies!

A pug anxiously awaits the results.

Maitree Attrapreyangkul, the president of the Northern Dog Lovers Club said that the club had never previously held a national dog show. In the past, dogs breeders in the north needed to go to Bangkok, which involved much expense, so the club organized the show in Chiang Mai to serve the local canine breeders.

The results of the show were divided into many classes but the pinnacle, the “Best in Show” of all the breeds, was a beautiful Shih-Tzu named Th. Ch. Syhmarun’s Last Ride, belonging to Ms. Nutchanat Sukonnoi.

This dog show, which was designed to promote the local breeds, had trophies for 2 kinds of Thai dogs, the Thai Ridgeback and the Thai Bangkaew. The winning Thai Ridgeback was Th. Ch. Khunnan Thai Ridgeback BKK owned by Chatchwan Phoolsawad and the winner of Thai Bangkaew was M16, Jakkawan Ngamvadthana’s beloved dog.

The Best In Show: dignified Shih-Tzu has to be proud of its victory.

A little girl poses with her boxer, “Stand still, it doesn’t take too long”.

Peking Champion and new Thailand Champion at this time, Dark Purple Prince and Magic Moment, belonging to Chanoksuda Amartayakul and her son, Artipan Panja.

Golden Retrievers are Thai’s favorite dogs.

The Golden Retriever is always a favorite and has its own breed championship. Legacy’s Dad So Cool is a golden retriever from Chatchawan Sattarnjawong’s kennels which received the “Best Local Inbreed” in the Golden Retriever competition.

Maitree also said that the organization was acknowledged by the Kennel Club of Thailand (KCT), which is the only club in the country in possession of the international standard to issue pedigree certificates for dogs. The Kennel Club of Thailand was acknowledged by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), the biggest club in the world. This club was founded by 6 countries in Europe, and has been developed to have now over 80 countries as members.

The dog show will be held twice a year, the next maybe held this March at Robinson or Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex, Maitree indicated.

Big cricket and squash weekend planned for Chiang Mai

This weekend starting Saturday the 18th the British Club of BKK is bringing up a cricket and squash team to do battle at the Gymkhana Club against a team from Chiang Mai. Squash play starts at 4 p.m. with nine matches scheduled. Sat morning there will be a practice session for the cricket, then Sunday the real match begins.

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks (hence: on 18-11, 2-12, 16-12, 30-12 and 13 01 2003). Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

We also have two so-called outstations coming up: A male hash outstation to Bangkok on 7, 8, 9 December and a mixed outstation to Chiang Dao on 14 & 15 December. All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at:

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!

Fitness Tips: The holistic approach-Part 1

G’Day readers,

Fitness tips this year will be off in all sorts of directions, as you saw, for last week we took a look at Aquatic exercise and this week I’m taking you even further away from the “Western World’s” popular perception of exercise. Growing diversity in health and fitness programming has been occurring, in particular over the last 5 years for several reasons, the most prevalent two being the public’s need for variety and the fitness industry’s need to serve the clientele thus “make a buck” or make more by finding ways to appeal to a broader range of people.

Looking at these photos, the headstand is where you might progress to after many years of training, but everyone starts out with the simple things you see in the other photos.

Mind / body programmes have been cropping up all over the place to not only appeal to someone looking to take care of their body but to take their minds off the daily grind and to assist in dealing, internally with the stresses of modern life.

Meditation, Tai Chi, Yoga, Chi Goong, various forms of martial & healing arts and long observed practices are becoming commonplace throughout the entire world.

Yoga, in particular, has seen a resurgence in popularity of late and it’s teaching of not only stretching the body but training with the body as the resisting force as well as meditation and internal energy control leading to assisted self healing has made the participation levels go through the roof. Make sure that you get an instructor that will not only take inexperienced people and educate them and train their bodies gradually to assume the ‘forms’ but will stimulate the brain - yoga is not just a stretching class.

Meditation program reduces arteriosclerosis

New evidence released recently indicates that it may be possible to prevent and reverse the effects of cardiovascular disease without drugs thanks to meditation. Researchers from the Centre for Healthy Aging in Chicago, USA found that patients who participated in regular meditation sessions reduced arteriosclerosis (the build-up of fat deposits in the arteries) by up to 11%.

The study of 46 elderly people with a median age of 74 required participants to complete either a comprehensive meditation program, a conventional diet and exercise program specific to reducing heart disease, or make no changes to their lifestyle at all. Plaque build-up was measured at the beginning of the study and again one year later.

The meditation program was based on the Maharishi Vedic Medicine program, a comprehensive meditation system derived from traditional Vedic knowledge of India, which includes a combination of a high-fibre, low-fat diet; herbal supplements; yoga; aerobic exercise, and meditation.

It was found that patients on the meditation program reduced arteriosclerosis by 11% while patients who were at high risk of developing heart disease had a 19% reduction. Sixteen of the twenty people on the meditation program reduced arteriosclerosis while only five out of the nine people on the conventional program demonstrated significant reductions.

It was also noted that 90% or the patients participating in the meditation program were still meditating at the conclusion of the study. Only 50% of participants on the conventional program were still adhering to the guidelines after a year.

Next week we will take a look at a good example to indicate how popular Yoga has become.

Carpe’ Diem

The Square Ring

Howie Reed

If someone held a gun to my head or even the offer of an ice cold Kloster I could only name a couple of fighters that qualify as “Undisputed Champions”. Regardless of the titles once you get past Oscar DeLaHoya and Lennox “The Imperial One” Lewis there’s only Kostya Tszyu (29-1). The likable native of Serov Russia, now residing in Australia, has been a pro since 1992 but only has 30 fights. He trains four months for a fight, wins then takes a break. His fight Saturday night in the Telstra Dome, Melbourne, will be his first for the home fans live since he KO’d Jan Piet Bergman in 6 to retain the IBF Light Welterweight title Newcastle NSW.

Jesse James Leija (43-5-2) be in the other corner when the opening bell rings and deservedly so. Leija is a “warhorse” who’s been in with the best, beat some but always gives (here comes the clich้) 110%. Sorry about that.

Leija has been around long enough to put the big payday in perspective. “I’m supposed to come in and get knocked out so I have no pressure. All I have to do is go out there and fight. He has all the pressure. I’m used to it. I know for a fact that there’s not going to be anything I haven’t seen in the ring before that Kostya can show me.” It’s not the fact that Tzysu does anything different, it’s that he does things so darn good. The main difference is that not only has Tzysu been in with the best he’s beaten them all save one. His one loss came to “Cool” Vincent Philips back in 1997. Philips was in line for this fight until he opened his mouth at the press conference following Tzysu’s win over Ben Tackie in Vegas last year.

If Land of Smiles gets this bout on the telly check out Muhammad Abdullaev (10-0) vs. Phillip Holiday (38-5-1) on the undercard. Abdullaev won Olympic Gold in Sydney and has a style that means action. He comes in throwing and catching punches. He’s a future superstar learning the pro game under the tutelage of Kenny Adams. Sure he gets a former champ Phillip Holiday who is but a shadow of what he use to be but he’s probably still good enough to keep it interesting for a few rounds.

OK guys enough is enough. There’s an old expression that my Mom used when I had tried her patience to the limit, “Enough already”. It’s also called beating a dead horse to death. So to Yodsanan 3K Battery, his promoter and his manager I say “Enough already”. The WBA super featherweight champion can fight but his attempts at PR are just plain silly. He leaves messages on Joel Casamayor’s (ranked #1 in the division) answering machine like a jilted lover. “Hey guy, let’s make thing happened. You must get out of the shell and show yourself to the world. I mean you fear me and the world know this also. Don’t claim that you are the best in 130lbs division until you fight with me. If not, you are only the guy who likes keeping yourself in the shell. You disappoint me a lot.” Would be hard to answer that message. Heck hard enough to figure out what the hell he’s talking about.

From the promoters’ press release, “Yodsanan added that his promoter did contact to Casamayor camp such four times, but no feedback from them at all. He believes the Cuban party try to fight him with their silence. This is the best way of the man who claims that he is the best in 130lbs division. It’s very ridiculous for that. Nobody is suitable for you Casamayor, even though that guy is Acelino Freitas. There is me only.” Someone, 3K, needs a serious reality check or at least someone to check the tobacco in his humidor.

The rumor mill has been grinding overtime for the story that Oscar DeLaHoya will have one fight before he beats Shane Mosley in September. As almost no one remembers or cares, the WBC convention was held in Tokyo last December which prompted the rumor mill to bake up this story. “De La Hoya is popular in Japan, but he has never fought outside the USA, something he has said he’d like to do before he retires. He was taken with Japan during a recent visit for the WBC convention. It’s totally Oscar’s decision if he wants to do it or not. Oscar is thinking about it, and we’re working to present him a plan. If he does an interim fight (before Mosley), he wants to do it from an exotic or special place and make it a big event.”

If there is a fight WBC featherweight Champion Eric Morales will be on the card. It’s the WBC so Morales opponent would have to come from their ranks. Only one around would be WBC Super Bantamweight Champ Napapol Kiatisakcholechai (20-1 with 16KO’s). How could I ever come to that conclusion? (Bob) Arum (DeLaHoya’s promoter) said, “If the fight comes off, I envision featherweight titleist Erik Morales fighting on the card against a top Asian challenger.” Make that a WBC Thai fighter.

Also on the proposed card is Undefeated WBA flyweight champion Eric Morel who has ties to Thailand. He won the title in 2000 by beating Sornpichai Pisnurachank (26-2-1) and last October defending against Denkaosen Kaowitchit (20-1). Both Thai fighters were undefeated going into their contests with Morel. How about them apples?