How did it begin?
a small child I already longed for a dog. We lived in a small flat in a
flats in Litomerice – and a dog was said not to belong to a town and
especially to a block of flats. Many people told that those times. When
(to another block of flats ,
but to a bigger flat), they could not stand me anymore. Finally I won
1980 there was a new family member with us – very nice bitch of a black
poodle called Dyna. I didn’t know anything about an organized breeding
shows etc. so according to many friends’ advices we bought Dyna as a
without pedigree. We were lucky – she came from a litter bred with
was healthy and for us the most beautiful of all (even though as to
breeders it just wasn’t a thoroughbred poodle).
Dyna lived with us happily 12 years! As a proper poodle she learned many tricks except bringing shoes (when wanted to go outside, she brought a whole couple without a command, when lazy she was able according to a repeated request “bring the second one” to bring all left shoes from the shoe-rack to the first right one) or jumping over various hurdle (with her height of 40cms she jumped over a whole bench with a back without a touch – oh, how wonderful would it be doing agility with such a dog today!). Dyna could enjoy her life and lived it fully.
more clever and having visited few shows (the ones in Litomerice
already to the well known and numerously visited by both exhibitors and
spectators) I started to long for a thoroughbred
dog with pedigree. And because we were about to move to a house,
was clearer – I want a longhaired shepherd to go to shows and to train.
that was a problem – to find in 1985 a longhaired shepherd for shows
training. German shepherd was even longhaired, but according to its
was undesirable (it would be a defect on shows). Collie was beautiful
elegant, but it was not one of the races of Svazarm, that organized the
training and tests (and some kind of shepherd training was impossible
And other longhaired shepherds in Czech Republic? – none! That was what
thought until I saw in a magazine a picture of a beautiful imposing dog
typical shepherd, but longhaired and more elegant than the German one,
„doggy“ (let the fans of collies forgive me) than a collie. It was a
was in love at first sight and started to write letters to all breeders
Belgian shepherds (you could count them by fingers that time). After a
thinking I chose a breeder and waited one year for a first litter of
from a dog just imported from Belgium. But the destiny decided – there
a girl for me in the chosen litter. In a desperate situation I started
for a puppy and then went to the first kennel where they had them. That
to our family in the spring 1988 my first Belgian shepherd, a tervueren
Borreli. She was a great bitch, intelligent, sensitive, clever, with a
temperament and empathic. We have done together few tests (including
IPO2), took parts in competitions and shows (she was my first Champion
her first CAC even on the World Show in Brno). Arnika became a founder
breeding in the kennel Perla mahagon. Later of course came other
shepherds, not only tervuerens, but also groenendaels (simply „the
and to give a bigger “comfort” to their shepherd lives, we moved to a
village. Arnika lived to 12 years and even though she is not here
spirit still stays with us. And the beauty end elegance of Belgian
runs around us thanks to our tervueren Isis.
the time runs, getting older with more duties and farer from the
I started to long for a small dog. In
show I saw a Tibetan spaniel and I knew at the moment that this would
right! It was the same as a time ago with a Belgian shepherd – a love
sight, a race that completely charmed me! But Tibbies were only few in
Republic and the prize (at that time 25 – 30 thousand) was for me
so the only thing I could do was waiting and save money (3 years). In
finally could go to breeders of my dreamy tibby and bring home two
– almost a year old boy Argosan and 4-months old girl Aimee. And that
Tibetan spaniel became my race of fate.
happened after is perhaps known to all of you that had the possibility
with a tibby. Tibbies gained control over my whole life, twisted me
paw and they take more and more. And I love them for that!