My neighbors adopted a beagle. It used to be a show dog. The original owners had elective surgery done on the adorable beagle's vocal cords to stop it from barking. It still "barks" but it sounds like it hurts the poor little thing to try to bark - sounds like it has laryngitis. I think that is beyond cruel. Makes me sad and mad at the same time. And, I think any dog show that allows such a dog to continue competing is a shame to the dog-loving world. If the showing community immediately DQs any dog from competition, maybe fewer dogs would have their voices taken away by owners who are too inconvenienced to have a dog who acts like a dog.