Dear friends,

A little bit more than 2 years ago in Milan, you chose me as the President of this great organisation for a second term. Privilege that I have made my life and priority.

The past two years have been hard for our organisation. Internal and external forces have tried to destroy what we have built together for more than a hundred years. The work we have done together in benefit of pure-bred dogs around the world. Everywhere in the WORLD, from Peru to Egypt. From Vietnam to The Netherlands. From Norway to China.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
Thuin: showcasing the canine world!

This year again, FCI’s headquarters put together a series of events to promote the unique bond between dogs and humans. In 2011, the Mayor of Thuin proclaimed the city World Capital of Dogs and we have been committed ever since to keep this slogan alive through the organisation of “FCI home-made events”, aimed at our “neighbours”.

In June, we organised a canicross in Aulne Abbey, the first one ever organised by FCI as co-organiser:

In August, our 3rd canine walk was a huge success:

Montigny-le-Tilleul hosted its traditional FCI cynothon in September:

Be it fun events for the whole family, or sporting events for the fittest, they allow us all to enjoy a nice day out with dogs. Whether our own or a “borrowed” dog, the lucky ones who participate in our doggy rendez-vous always have the opportunity to share a moment with a four-legged companion, since we always invite Charleroi’s SPA (pet protection association): anyone can walk a dog from the SPA and even adopt it, after the regulatory reflection period

Last but not least: we are very happy to inform you that two local institutions have just started visiting dogs projects with us, inspired by FCI’s project carried out in Thuin in 2014. We are so excited to collaborate in this type of initiative and to promote therapy dogs !

If you organise similar projects, please share them with us and we will publish it in our media: we want the whole world to know about your work!

I wish you a very happy New Year: hope to see you visiting our events

Marie Luna Durán
Marketing and Public Relations Manager