Saturday, September 22, 2018

Cuddly Police Puppies

At Chile’s annual military parade on Thursday, more than 9,500 troops marched as part of the country's 208th Independence Day anniversary. 

This spectacle attracted millions of viewers as it was beamed around the nation – a 50-year plus tradition. 

But what’s cute – I know this word itself is at odds with the soldierly occasion – is the one wee segment that stole the show. And I'm sure the hearts of many who watched it.

It was when a troop of golden retrievers made an appearance.

Yes, you read it right! 

Images credit: Independent Digital News & Media Limited 

These were cuddly puppies snuggled in neon green pouches worn across the chests of a row of marching police trainers. 

And this was followed by a line of uniformed officers walking adult golden retrievers and labradors, which all wore little boots. 

It wasn't the first time the doggies were featured in the celebration. They made their debut marchpast in 2008.

FYI, the dogs all belonged to the Canine Unit of the Carabineros de Chile, the country's national police force. 

This morning, I was in Jalan TAR in Kuala Lumpur – to grace the Premier Advanced Toastmasters meeting as the General Evaluator.

I also grabbed the opportunity to deliver a speech! And I was the only project speaker! My 624th project speech, a CC#8 titled “I’m a Roach” – these are my visual aids:

Plus taking on an additional role of Table Topics Evaluator. 

That was because only eight of us turned up. Meaning all of us except for the Table Topics Master had a shot at giving 2-minute speeches. 

I was voted Best Table Topics Speaker! 

Photos of the attendees captured at this meeting:

Pre-meeting, I had time for a leisurely breakfast @ Restoran Al Maajid along the same road as Menara Centara. And it was unforgivably unhealthy but I loved it all the same – fried instant noodles and a Coke: 

Maggi mee goreng kosong with telur and the mandatory Coca-Cola, all at RM 7.00

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