Leipzig is fantastzig !!

From the figures and information we received, the German canine organisation could well be meritoriously rewarded for their kind offer to take over the organisation of this year’s FCI General Assembly and World Dog Show.

The dishes on the menu offered in Leipzig are very promising and impressive: that will be the year of all records.

The “Canine Week” in Leipzig will start with the FCI General Assembly to be held on 6-7 November 2017.

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Y. De Clercq
FCI Executive Director
Dogs Are Unique, Let’s Celebrate Them!

Animal World Day Celebration in Lithuania

October 4th - World Animal Day - is in the calendar of many organisations related to animals. Some of them use it for raising awareness with protests on different sort of animal welfare and protection problems, some of them use an absolutely different approach.

Regarding animal welfare it is vital how common people think about, and thus treat animals. Presenting dogs as companions, species who contribute to our society is able to form general knowledge and maintain respect towards animals.

En matière de bien-être animal, la façon dont les gens considèrent, et donc traitent, les animaux est vitale. Présenter les chiens comme des compagnons, des espèces qui contribuent à notre société, peut influencer positivement la connaissance générale et le respect des animaux.

The whole event was set in the downtown of Vilnius at the riverbank on an open field, out in the nature.
Besides the various programmes – covering different activities, service dog presentations, games for the public, dog dancing – many booths openly invited the big number of visitors to offer information and specialised knowledge on health, breed specific traits, responsible dog keeping, and even pet insurance.

The tent of the Education Centre of the Lithuanian Kennel Club offered many interesting activities for the younger generations. It is unquestionable how this type of education about dogs will form animal welfare issues of the future. Probably the most popular activity was making toys with different fabrics for shelter dogs, but also the board where they could make a promise to their (future) pets was full of hand-written messages. “I promise to love you forever”, “I will try to understand you”, “I will do my best for you to be healthy” – said some of them.

A bit cloudy, bit sunny Saturday afternoon gathered crowds of people – dog lovers, owners, visitors, families – and all of them with an enthusiastic attitude sharing a common value – respect and love for animals. It was a great celebration for all of them.