An unnamed Newfoundland is credited for saving Napoleon from drowning in 1815 when he fell overboard in rough seas whilst trying to escape from exile on the island of Elba. The fisherman's dog jumped into the sea and kept Napoleon afloat until he could reach safety.Little did this poor dog know that he changed the course of history by saving the French Emperor. Without him my country, Belgium, would probably not exist neither would the European Union as we know it today nor Waterloo station nor the movie Waterloo Bridge with Vivien Leigh nor some lost village on Bodmin Moor named Waterloo. Not to mention the implementation of the Civil Code ( le code Napoléon ) which strongly influenced the legal infrastructure in many countries and which historians have called “one of the few documents which have influenced the whole world”. All this because of a dog.