There was a time back in 2002 when all our different
life paths came together, but we didn’t know yet at that point how
important dogs were going to be for us.
Kasia – from the earliest childhood days
dreaming about dogs; dogs to keep her company, to watch over her, but
mostly to cuddle and to snuggle up to.
Janusz – for many years a member of a kennel
club, head of the branch, with two breeding kennels behind him (German
wirehaired pointer and miniature wirehaired dachshund). They might not
have given too many litters but they sure gave a lot of joy.
In 2005 He showed up. The long awaited Petit Basset
Griffon Vendeen of our dreams, bearing the proud name of
the Rudis breeding kennel in Wroclaw. Right from the start it was
different; he was greeting us with happy, joyful baying and singing that
would last over ten minutes; there were long walks and lots of playing.
Back came the shows. At the beginning there were no great successes;
Baron had to
mature first, so he was staying in our country house which we bought
mainly because of him. From day one in the countryside he had a new pal
– a Tatra Shepherd dog,
Chluba Liliowej Przeleczy). The guys liked each other lots,
was quite surprised when he was observing how each day what was first a
white ball of fluff was turning into a big, slender and always willing
to play sheepdog. A huge field of a few hectares behind the house became
a paradise for them.
Baron just loved the space. He would cover all of it with a
constant sprint; he would sniff around, check all the nooks and crannies
and come back with a happy face and his eyes asking, “Have you missed
me? Cause I missed you lots!”
It happed on August 31, 2008. After the usual few
minutes of running along the same paths
Baron disappeared. He never came back.
The hope that deer led him into the forest and he got lost lasted less
than 24 hours. It turned out that the deer indeed did lead him away,
only not into the forest but far away from home and onto a busy highway.
Onto a highway with lots of cars on the way back from holidays. This
time the hunting instinct proved to be stronger than missing home…
And that was only shortly after he matured. He
matured to be a winner. He won a few prestigious awards, he became a
champion, and two weeks before the tragedy he achieved his greatest
success – Best in Show at Legnickie Pole.
The pain was unbearable. No more joyful greetings;
coming home to the silence became a nightmare.
would spend hours on end lying by the gate, waiting for his friend to
That’s when the need to fill at least part of this
emptiness started. Another "Petit" was out of the question. None would
have been as lovely and beautiful as Baronek was. We went to Czech
Republic and came back with
Czarus, a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Bohemia) managed to cheer Ares up. He had a friend again, and
one that he could look after, too. He might not have filled the void
after losing Baron, but he took up a place in our hearts immediately.
Today, dogs are our life. People ask if it’s not
better to be travelling the world, visiting other countries. We tell
them it’s possible. Just as it’s possible to be spending your time at
some parties or concerts or any other events. There is one condition,
though: whatever the event, it must involve dogs!
Ares gives us a feeling of security. He’s watching
over it all. At the same time he is an incredible darling, really
friendly to all the guests, as long as we are there as well.
Czarus managed to bring our dreams back to life. Dreams of a
breeding a breed that hasn’t made it to Poland yet. Why not Grand Basset
July 2010 brought the most changes. On the 10th
of July we got married! And only a week later there came a long awaited
or, actually, Black
Majesty FEMME FATALE – a beautiful little GBGV bitch. Our
house is totally different now…
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