Hello my friends. Let me thank you all for the things and the experiences you share every time in this wonderful Academy. Today I would like to share with you an experience of mine occured last September at a Dog Show near my town. I had been invited at this Dog Show by the breeder who sold me Chantal. He wanted to see how she grew up and what she looked like. Well, I went there and, from the beginning I realized my first certitude. My dog would have never passed through the torture and humiliation of a Dog Show. It was like going at a museum, all those dogs on tables with their owners brushing, spraying, and so on. Or into cages. Some of them after their grooming weren't allow to sit or lay because otherwise it should have been done all again. Chantal and all the other dogs who were there as visitors were much more alive and received much more attention than the ones which participated at the show. Anyway, the worst had to happen. While I was taking Chantal to have some water one of the judges stopped us asking me if she could see for a while Chantal. At the beginning I didn't know what to do as I felt so astonished. Then I began to get upset. The judge was finding all the negative things in my dog: the not perfect position at the base of her tail, too many black dots on the white part, my chantal was not as big as her newfie and all her bla bla bla. She ended her checking by a useless hint to me:" You should wait before letting your dog particiapte to a dog show. It wouldn't be rewarding for you to be told 'What a disgusting dog'!" My patience was going to flash red and before exploding in a rude way I took a breath and told this judge " You know Madam, my dog is not meant for a Dog Show. She has a much more noble task: she will work in Pet Therapy where a dog is a wonderful mate and friend apart from spots or not perfect tails. Perhaps your daughter should be left in a closet only because she's not Miss Universe?". I shook her hand and went away so very proud of my Chantal. Till next time my friends and thanks for your attention! Mario and Chantal.