With regards to the World Championship for Dutch Shepherds in Sweden !
We should pause and think for a few moments about our four legged friends, helpers and -lifetime companions
Being together with these wonderful animals is a foundation of human survival and a source of respect for nature and all living creatures.
Whether it be for competition, companionship, assistance, security or search and rescue; in good- and bad times, dogs are man’s best friend.
At a national security level, we normally don’t ponder much about the relationship between humans and dogs, but we have to realise that dogs
contribute greatly in a lot of cases.
With their great smell capability, they excel as tracking dog, rescue dog, avalanche dog, explosives dog or dogs searching for drugs and many other things,
and are helping us tremendously in that way. Dogs also work side by side with human experts in catastrophes like earthquakes and avalanches where they
are indispensable in the rescue of human lives.
Unconditional friendship, trust, -camaraderie and -loyalty are keywords that describe some of the most important character traits of our canine companions.
I believe that it is of the utmost importance that humans learn to value respect and cherish these traits. All dog handlers, especially those who are
participating at the World Championship, should express their respect to these traits by proving how working with dogs can be fun for both handler and dog.
For the organisators, I wish you a smooth and succesful event!
For all the participants I wish good luck and great results at this World Championship.
For the judges, I trust that their experience and impartiality will fulfil their important task to come to objective and fair judgements.
Finally I hope that all participants, visitors and friends of the workingdog sport, will experience a wonderful Championship and I am sure that they will
enjoy the hospitality of Sweden.
On behalf of the FCI Utility Dogs Commission,