“Because, ladies and gentleman, history teaches
us that in the night of time, in the days of the
pre-history, when the first path and the first
human road appeared, then, as now, next to that
road, you could find the noble and faithful four
legged friend. The companion of all time, in joy
and suffering, in misery and plenty, in hope and
despair, next to a child’s cradle, and next to a
men’s grave, in life and death… was the dog, the
only noble being capable of liking his owner’s
wound before his, happily offering his own life,
the only noble being capable of kissing his
owner’s hand both when he pets or punishes him.
Ladies and gentleman, I see in all this,
something more than the simple realization of an
instinct, I see the birth, in it’s psychogenesis
of a higher sentiment. I see, in a first gesture,
a bit of charity and a lot of abnegation,
secondly, lots of gratitude, and in third place,
I see the sublime act of forgiveness.
magnificent spirit of adaptation, which is
proper of canine species, both on the
psychological and physical plan, is what allows
the development of such a great number of breeds.
Some were created through natural selection,
others, selected by man to acquire practical
results or with esthetic reasons, or to fight
against loneliness. Every breed, with no
exception, has something in common: the loyalty
to man, the worst tyrant that nature conceived”.
António Nores Martínez (1946)