How I have become a musher
It´s been a long time but I still remeber the time at the basic
school when everyone was collecting something either stamps, horses,
pictures of actors,… and I was interested in something totally
different – hoarding the pictures of dogs and wolves. I was a
big „evil-doer“ at the local library but the enthusiasm for collecting
excused me. My most favourite writer was Jack London and I had
read the White Fang about ten times.
I remember my first picture of the malamut dog in a magazine
about dogs „Pes přítel člověka“ with an article about the first
dogs of that type in our country. It was sometimes in 1994 and
I was almost 13.
The time went by. I was living in the Jizera Mountains therefore
as nearly everyone there I was doing the sports – cross country
skiing, orienteering, triathlon, rock-climbing,…, as well as studying
and preparing for the great career and future of the scientist.
All this had been happening till 1997 when I bought my first husky
miss dog Jovanka. The illusions of my fantastic scientific career
dissapeared with her.
The beginnins of me being the dog´s mum were probably the same
as everyone´s. My doggie was being spoilt and I was able to do
all the unbelievable crazy tricks to please my honey. The result
of it was the dog that has never wanted to run.
From my boss at work I got another two huskies – Růžena and Korča
that stayed alone with very uncertain future after a death in
a family. So they found their new home by me. I bought my first
sled too. Only I kept wonderring how come that I have to always
push so much by myself, and that´s why Heda came to us.
I was the beginner, self-learner, the soloist. I had no one to
tell me do this or that or to share his knowledge and experiences.
I found everything out by the well-known method of „try and fall“
that brought smashed and knocked knees, torn clothes but also
the explorer´s feeling of delight .
Nowadays in 2007 I own 21 lovely dogs. One can say that my breed
rises in a geometric row. First Jovka then Róza and Korča and
Heduš followed by the first puppies Anička and Eliška and then
Tessy, Ajka, Pepina, Ajma. Then puppies B from Heda – Bára, Běta,
Becky, Buster and C – Karel from Bára, and Drac, Kača from Gert
Sandweg, then puppies D – Dustin, Darryl, Deny and Fifa and last
the puppy F – František.
Races and sledding
It is easy to manage more than twenty dogs but it becomes hard
to manage the other things. I even ended up not having the time
to go to work and was staying at home with the dogs. I can´t say
that it made me stay calm at that time even if I only had twelve
dogs. For a moment I was really worried what will happen with
us because it was all very unclear. At the same time there grew
a pressure at the place where I was living. My neighbours were
not much excited about the presence of me and my dogs and I was
forced to leave. Fortunately me and my dogs were given the opportunity
to entertain the company´s parties and to film the commercials.
That happened to be the beginning of my uncertain career as an
owner of the sled dogs living in a campervan on a rented meadow
by the forest with absolutely nothing around us. Just the space
where no one cared about the howling and barking of the dogs.
When I think back today the time was really rough and could not
have been worse.
In these days I run a school
for mushers and a small
guest house. I have fantastic dog kennels and fabulous conditions
for training. I cooperate with a German travel agency that has
been sending me clients for winter time. In my opinion there must
exist some kind of natural selection because when someone decides
to spend a holiday with the husky dogs it is for sure a special
type of people who are always just great.
From time to time I take my doggies to film a commercial or to
a company party and everything works out fine. I have the feeling
that people enjoy it at my place, are very content and keep coming
4.3.2007 ČT 24- Czech TV- Windows
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From husky school
In these days not all the children have a pet at home, not even
the dog. They sort of miss this kind of contact with nature. One
girl was showing me her PC where she could setup a dog which she
liked and then she was taking care about it, feeding and petting
it by the PC mouse abd the dog was happily shaking its tail. I
started having goosebumps from it.
Since I have become a „prof“ I don´t really have much time to
go to the competitions. It´s a kind of Catch 22. When I compete
I can´t earn money for me and my dogs and vice versa.
year I had some days off and went to Italy for ten days to take
a part in FISTC World Championship in Auronzo ( The
result list) and then I went to Pian Cansiglio for a Europian
Championship at longtrail ( The
result list). It was fantastic weather, the sun was shinning,
still some snow left, just a great holiday. I won the longtrail
at the Europian Championship in the cathegory of pure breed dogs
and I came to the end that here in the South of Europe I don´t
have anyone to compete with unless I compete with Juraj Potocek
from Slovakia, who chased me pretty much but has never overtaken
Italy February 2007
There came an idea. It´s time for challenge and
I decided that next year I´ll finally take a part in real big
dog-sledding competition. This kind of competition only takes
place in Alaska or in Scandinavia. I don´t have as much money
to be able to go to Alaska, so the next place left is Scandinavia.
I have been watching the competitors racing at 500km and 1000km
trails in the Norweigan competition Finnmarkslopet ( www.finnmarkslopet.no)
. on internet for many years and this year I got an idea. Why
aren´t I taking a part in it? It can´t be that unreachable!!
So I´ve decided that I´d like to start at 500km trail in Norweigan
Alta on 10th March 2008. My goal will be to finish the race. To
win it – it will have to be some other time. :-)
I´m sure I can´t win in Norway but it´s a nice feeling to have
and live for such a target. Then I´ll know that I´m doing something
meaningful. So for the end I remembered an inspired and heartful
saying: „The reason of the journey is not its end but the journey
itself“ Or something like that…
If I think about that everage age of competitors in this race
is 40 years and the oldest participant was 65, then I can say
I have enough to do in next years...
About the race
The preparation for the