Having been cooped up in small flats and confined to narrow streets all these years, Hong Kong dogs are finally being offered a chance to see a bigger world - Victoria Park. The Causeway Bay venue which, like most other public parks, normally prohibits pets, will be open to canines on Saturday and Sunday for the Carnival for Pets/Dogs Fun Day, organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. Thousands of dogs are expected to have a ball at the event, the first of its kind in Hong Kong. As well as an 'Obedient Dog Contest', there will be a chance for participants to share pet-raising experiences and a lecture on how to preen the animals. The pooches will also be encouraged to befriend other animals, such as rabbits, which will be displayed at booths. Co-organiser Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the event was designed to 'tell the public that dogs are not threatening but lovely animals', and to fight for the right of dogs to be walked in public parks.