The Disney movie,"The Miracle of the White Stallions," tells the true story of the famed Lipizzan horses of the Spanish Riding School and their escape out of Vienna during WWII. The cast of real life characters includes General George H. Patton, who helped save them from certain extinction, Colonel Alios Podhajsky, who disobeyed orders from the Nazis by fleeing with the horses, and ordinary Austrians who helped hide and feed the horses along the way. How you hide a bright white horse, let alone hundreds one is puzzling enough, but that so many Austrians risked their lives in order to them is especially mind boggling. In my opinion, must take this activity the important part from the story and one I do believe I understand. To explain it, I interject here with a personal story.
I write from Littleton, Colorado where ten years ago, the Columbine High school shootings grabbed the attention of the nation while touching virtually everyone on my community. Shortly after the tragedy, the wife of a friend I was meeting for the first time shared a story about her horse, then the oldest equine known cannabis.
The horse was pastured near Columbine and once the tragedy was unfolding the actual planet school, the horse experienced his own crisis: he'd slipped in a pond and couldn't remove. Local Fire and Rescue teams were called in but recent rains had made rescue operations all but impossible. Efforts lasted for days. The men were discouraged by. The horse was exhausted. The horse's owner, saddened but seeing the proverbial writing on the wall, told the crew that the horse was old even it was time permit go.
The crew chief wouldn't hear than me. He explained that his men, depressed that they'd been unable to the students in price school, were going to save one particular horse purely because needed to - in their own business. They needed to make a difference, to work towards something bigger than themselves.
Lipizzan horses were quintessentially Austrian and woven in the tapestry on the national name. The Austrians may not have managed to save themselves from the horrors around them, but they were for you to save these horses to guarantee something of themselves would survive.
It occurs to me that every purebred dog is, figuratively speaking, a Lipizzan horse in its respective area. A dog is as much part of a people's culture is actually its language, dress and art. I've always known what we as individual dog owners stand to get if animal rights groups have their way, on the other hand was struck by the bigger picture - the Lipizzaner parallel - while participating at a recent event.
"SummerSet Festival," held virtually Columbine High school in Littleton draws countless people every summer, many of whom bring their dogs up. Being a vendor at the fair allows me to connect with the folks in my community - a kind of neighborly "gossiping over the fence" with strangers that permits me to their dogs while gauging their associated with awareness about dog-related regulations. Let me tell you about a part of the dogs I met that day, a number whom I didnrrrt expect figure out at a good.
I wish you might have seen "Harley," a Dogue de Bordeaux. The breed is a family member newcomer to the AKC, but it is been around for 600 years and, some believe,may have been developed over 2000 in the past. Also known as the "French Mastiff," a Dogue de Bordeaux appeared in the Tom Hanks movie,"Turner & Hooch," however the breed played a higher role in France where it was beloved by both aristocracy and common man. Within French revolution, the breed nearly become extinct because belonging to the wholesale slaughter of dogs associated without the pain . aristocracy. It fared equally poorly during World War II when Adolph Hitler demanded the execution just about all Dogues de Bordeaux regarding their devout loyalty to their owners.Were it not for that Dogues owned by butchers who used your crooks to drive cattle, the breed very well might have ended out again. The French love this breed which survived periods of turmoil. Anyone see a parallel into the Lipizzaners?
I was pleased to see an Australian Terrier walk by my booth, a personal favorite because I showed one to a Best of Opposite Sex award the first time I showed a dog at Westminster Kennel Standard.The Australian Terrier was the first Australian breed to recognized and shown in its native land, and was also the first Australian breed to be accepted officially. The Aussies are pretty like to show off this scrappy little cat.
Imagine my surprise observe a dog with the of being the only South African breed often would defend the homestead, a dog with a long-term history of breeding in South Africa; The boerboel hond's name derives from "boer," the Afrikaans/Dutch word for "farmer". Boerboel, therefore, means either the "farmer's dog" or "Boer's dog." By any name, this was THE all purpose utilitarian farm dog in the wild land, and more than one historian has noted the numerous characteristics the breed shares with the that settled this untamed area.
A small number of really large dogs strolled past that stopped traffic in the festival,if only because few people could muddle through them. Most folks knew they were looking at something special, they just didn't exactly what. They were Tibetan Mastiffs, considered by many to be the basic stock from which most modern large working breeds including all mastiffs and mountain dogs, expanded. Though they are hard to see in present day Tibet, they are still bred by the nomads with the Chang-Tang plateau and live at an amount altitude of 16,000 the foot. The Mastiffs guarded not only the flocks of goats, sheep and yak,but the as well as children, as well, and traditionally they protected the Jokhang Temple, the holiest temple for Tibetan Buddhists, The breed was so highly regarded by Tibetans that they made special collars for the dogs called Kekhors made of precious yak wool.
A Black Russian Terrier visited my stand, a gorgeous creature whose breed already been recognized by the AKC since 2005. It was made by a breed that almost didn't happen since most purebred dogs in Russia had been slaughtered inside Revolution and extra depletion of pure stock occurred during the World War and economic disasters. Making a new purebred dog, then, was initially daunting. During the 1930's, a Moscow military kennel, the Red Star, started perfecting a native breed could part from the national security force. Some twenty breeds were present in the development of the BRT including the Airedale, can be Schnauzer, the Rottweiler, the Newfoundland, the Caucasian Ovcharka and the now extinct Moscow Water Dog. By 1956, it finally reached the point where consist of Russian Terrier bred true, and the Red Star Kennel released dogs to personal breeders. Your initial breed standard was involved with the Red Army in 1958, had been revised many before 1981.
As a dog show exhibitor, I view many breeds not referred to as by the public, but even Experienced stunned to stunned to determine a Finnish Lapphund that there are six inside of entire regarding Colorado. Lapphunds are still being bred in the Lap region by the Laponian people who've trusted these dogs to herd reindeer to find a very long time; Archaeological digs in Lapland have unearthed skeletal remains of Laponian dogs estimated to date back prior to 7000 British columbia. Amazingly the skeletal remains of these ancient dogs are almost identical for the dog I saw at the fair.
These six breeds were developed on purpose and with purpose to execute a unique task in environmental surroundings in that they lived. These purebred dogs, when bred with individual kind, produced another generation of puppies reliably and uniquely well suited for do a vital job to prospects who bred them.The Lapphund was don't suited to rid an Australian homestead of vermin than the Australian Terrier was to herd reindeer. If we lose these breeds, once we could from canine legislation, we lose cultural legacies, some that are in peril (Tibet). Do not think for any minute that mandatory spay/neuter laws, or breed specific legislation won't impact the dogs I've just described. The "bully breed ban" in Denver can easily mutate right into a ban on dogs which remotely resemble them, that we.e., the Dogue de Bordeaux. From there, could or not it's all big dogs? (Black Russian Terrier). How about dogs with "snipey" muzzles? (Australian Terrier). Where can it end?
Speaking of "ends," I conclude here with one more "culturally precious" breed you have not yet greeted. I didn't see one of these at the festival, nevertheless came house to several of them: the Puli. I'd grown with stories with respect to Pulik my mother had as pets in Hungary, and knew that because of the breed's protective nature, German and Soviets soldiers shot them on sight through the war, including my grandparents' dog. Exercise routines, meal years before I could find a Puli puppy in this particular country, even so finally found "Makos," in 1978 and remain people with her breeder now. I'll forever remember the first time I showed my mother my new Puli - the first time she laid eyes 1 since escaping out of Hungary. She hugged the puppy and cried.