I saw my first Alaskan malamute ever in 1989 while traveling by train with my friends. A couple with two malamutes joined us in our compartment. Their dogs were exactly as malamutes should be - they put their big bear heads in my lap and started to lick me in a friendly way. They loved when I rubbed behind their ears and wiggled. They fascinated me completely and I wished to have a wonderful creature like these. I did my homework, trying to find out everything about the northern breeds.
I was eager to read all the books of Jack London and attended several
dog-racing competitions as an excited spectator.
I got lucky on another train ride. I was on my way to another dog-racing event when I met breeders with a Malamute female and two of her puppies. We were chatting about everything Malamutes need to live a happy life and about every other little thing pertaining their breed. In short, on the way there, I was just chatting. On the way back, I was a new owner of one of the puppies. He was a gray-and-white male called Askatchewan Ledová cesta(Icy Way) "Asky". And this is how my life with northern breeds began. My friend, Karel, who later became my dear husband, was serving in the army at the time. When I wasn't working I was alone and had a lot of time to devote to our Asky. We lived in an apartment in Prague and as everyone knows, that is not the best place for a Malamute. Even though I used to bike with him often, he was lonely for the couple hours a day when I was at work and tore apart everything he could find - from flowers to blankets. I didn't want to give him up so I got him a girlfriend, Carol Idaho, another Malamute. This was just six months after I got Asky. Well, now there were two dogs to tear everything apart. They were not sad and lonely anymore but the apartment suffered. This went on for five full years. Meanwhile, we accepted another malamute into our pack - I.Ch.Akéla od Severního slunce (from the Northern Sun), one Siberian husky - I.Ch.Funny Girl Snowhill´s, and a Shiba Inu Beverly Jashisa. It became clear that if we want to keep a pack of this size, we needed to move out of the city. And so it happened...
My first malamutes..(1991)
We began to participate in dog-races. My husband was running with our three malamutes and I used to wait at the finish line. Later on, I started to attend shows with my youngest malamute, Akéla, together with my Siberian Funny, and Shiba Beverly Jashisa. Together the four of us gained our first experience in the show ring and our first titles. Our Akéla was one of the first Czech malamutes who were responsive and very easy to show with only a very thin, nearly symbolic lead. He became a very sought after stud and became a father to many typical malamutes. Among others, these are his offspring: I.Ch.Arlon Snìnická pláò, Ch.Akéla z Kováòské tvrze, Ch.Akim z Kováòské tvrze, and many other dogs successful in the showring.
I was chosen to become an editor of KSP magazine of the Club of Northern Breeds, Czech Republic, in 1995. I started to devote my time not only to our dogs but to the magazine as well. Searching for various photographs, infromation, writing reports from show and racing events was really enjoyable. I remained involved with KSP for five years until my three kids (Hynek, Vilém, and Anna Marie) were born. I wanted to spend more time with them and take care of the puppies born in our family environment
kids and shiba Beverly Jashisa kids and Ch.Big Foot Siwash Legend
In 1998, we imported a dog, Antarctic´ Explorer Xpect No War "Monty",
from the well-known kennel and a female Forti Fortuna Canyon de Chelly "Sherry" (from Belgium line Cold Valley) from Poland.
These were my foundation dogs for my malamute breed. Monty was very active and gained numerous titles. Moreover, he gave his offspring typical features of Staghorn's line. He enriched the Czech Malemutes and even today, his sons and daughters are a strong competition at the shows. Monty is back with his breeder Nicol Herman of Antarctic´Explorer in Belgium now.
Monty's son, Ch.Big Foot Siwash Legend"Frankie", and Sherry's daughter,
Cold Queen Siwash Legend "Queena", are staying with us in our kennel. Concerning Siberian huskies, I was incredibly lucky to get my first female, I.Ch. Funny Girl Snowhill´s, from great breeders in 1993. This female was a wonderful friend of mine. She was very empathic and this helped immensely not only at the shows where she was shown with elagance and sovereignty, but also in her willingness to obey while being loose. This amazing quality was inherited by most of her offspring who can walk next to their owners without a leash and who are very obedient. Funny gave us a wonderful foundation on which to build. Her children are not only title-bearers but many of them engage in typical activities of Sibes, such as mushing, dog-tracking, weight-pulling, and even agility. Our goal is not to produce numerous litters but to achieve high quality breedings, always connected to a certain line or type. Our foremost priority is the health of our dogs. We never breed to individuals when we suspect that they could bring health problems to their offspring. All of our dogs have been tested on HD and PRA.We also care a great deal about socialization of our puppies. We want them to have proper friendly and affectionate temperaments. We've been successful in this since our females give birth always in our house and the puppies are in contact with our three small children who cuddle and play with them all day long. Our dogs are true members of our family and inseparable parts of our lives.
husky puppies and Anicka
We carefully choose future owners of our puppies. We offer them friendship and service concerning breeding. In return, we ask for an openness and serious approach towards the puppy which we entrust them with. We do not support breeding of dogs without papers proving their origin, puppy brokers, puppy mills, and mixed cross-breeding.
We feel agreat responsibility for the litters we produce in the sense of
A.Saint-Exupéry's quotation: "You are responsible for what you tamed and reared..."
Kristina Slavíková,owner Siwash Legend kennel
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