28th International Dog Show Paraiba
Judging a dog show is an amazing experience and feeling for me. To find and choose the best examples of a breed, according to its standard is no easy task, but it should be something exciting for every judge, at least it is for me. Judging dogs is not a job, it is a hobby, a passion.
A hobby that gives us the great opportunity to visit a lot of countries, to meet their people people and enjoy their culture. Judging is not only about shows, it’s a lot more.
Never before I had the opportunity to judge in Brazil, so it was my first time there and truly an amazing experience. I didn't know anyone and it was a big surprise and an honor for me to be invited to judge the Paraiba Dog Show. I am very grateful to Mrs. Vilenia Toscano Cunha, president of the Clube do Estado da Paraiba club for inviting me The show was extremely well organized.
Every ring was marked with a huge photo of the judge - what a great idea. The stewards were very well educated and worked really well. There was a strong competition with many really nice dogs, mostly presented by handlers.
It was a great atmosphere - everyone was really friendly and the exhibitors were true enthusiastics. During my time there, I had the great opportunity to meet some ‘old’ friends: Gerardo Paolucci from Argentina as well as Alenuska and Gutenberge Soares from Brazil again; I also made many new friends from Brazil. Best in Show was the Basset Hound Br Lake Park Sullivan; 2nd Best in Show was the Shih-Tzu Lexus Br Look At Me Luca; 3rd Best in Show was a Golden Retriever Golden Trip Mister Romance II. I also had the opportunity to do some sightseeing.
Joao Pessoa has a tropical climate with very warm temperatures all year long. The excessive heat and humidity make it uncomfortable for external work. Most shops have air conditioners as indoor temperatures tend to sit between 27°C and 29°C. Once again my heartfelt congratulations to Vilenia on your efficient and professional team.
Teamwork matters - you all did a great job. I leave Brazil with so many emotions, highs and expectations. Thank you for everything and of course the special hospitality you provided me and the other judges.