September 23rd, 2010 Dr. Jaromir Dostal passed away at the age of 70 yrs. doing what he loved.
Enjoying the great outdoors with his friends.
It is a very sad day for me and dog lovers around the world who knew, loved and admired his knowledge, presence, quick wit, humour and love for dogs and people.
I have had the pleasure of meeting, drinking, eating and learning from Dr. Dostal on three separate occasions on my visits to the Czech Republic. In one weeks time I would have been graced with his presence for a fourth. That was not meant to be in the grand scheme of life.
He was responsible for setting me on a Cesky Fousek quest to import the breed and spread the news to North America.
He saw my passion for what I consider a gem in the ruff. He listed his concerns and goals for the future of this breed and kept emphasizing the importance and responsibility of proper genetic breeding to protect and improve what took 700 years to create and how important it was to keep POLITICS out of dog breeding. Good dog is good dog and bad dog is bad dog no matter who owns it or who your friends are.
I listened and understood his words and passion that he carried in his voice.
He greeted me into his home, shared his family and his many friends in the Czech Republic and called me his friend with open arms.
Jim Seibel, John Pitlo and the WPGCA were new friends that he introduced to me. They carried the same message as Dr. Dostal.
Responsible Dog Breeding. “NO POLITICS’
Jim and John and the members of the WPGCA invited and flew Dr. Dostal to the USA on more than one occasion so others could listen to this great man speak his words. John gave Dr. Dostal a great memory that he will take with him. A good old USA wild Turkey hunt, called in by John. When I arrived in Czech Republic last year all he could talk about was that turkey whose tail and beard was hanging on his wall along with many memories of years past and John’s expert calling. I asked him if John still had that pet Turkey in his backyard when he left.
He laughed and said “No No. Wild Turkey”.
An amazing man that will never be replaced is now gracing the heavens where Cesky Fouseks of past will proudly walk beside him knowing that he was instrumental in the creation and stabilizing of the Cesky Fousek of today.
On October 4, 2010 I will arrive in Prague, meet with Pavel his son and some of his many friends and drink to his memory and help keep Czech Republic as the number one consumers of beer in the world and get drunk for the fourth time in my life with a smile on my face knowing that he is smiling down on me because it will take all of 2 Pivov’s and one Ferhnet (Czech Snapps).
The morning will be one beer and one sausage that he kindly reminded me is also Czech tradition.
Jaromir as he always kindly reminded me to call him because I always said Dr. Dostal.
You will always be my friend whom I will greatly miss till we meet again but I will carry that smile that you always encouraged knowing that the pleasure of your presence and knowledge was felt and shared with so many.
Baron, Meril, Argo, Hessy, Cyr , Lena and the future Cesky’s they will produce are memories of you for all days to come for me.
On behalf of Jim, John, WPGCA and myself we wish you a great journey and know that you will be missed and remembered by many.
Lena and Baron puppies due September 25th, 2010 ( C Litter )
Also imported a litter directly from Czech Republic. Arriving in October, 2010. Flying there to pick them up.
All to further the genetic diversity required to establish a solid foundation for the Cesky Fousek in North America.
Those who dare to strive for the best in a foot hunters dream need not look any further.
FOUNDATIONS SUPPORT THE BUILDING – RESPONSIBLE PLANNED GENETIC BREEDING SUPPORTS THE BREED
Maintaining. improving when needed and respecting what others have spent a whole life time establishing is any breeders responsibility.
UNDER GALLERY, (PUPPIES} IS MORE PUPPY PICTURES of “B” LITTER AT 3 DAYS OLD
7 very big plump Wirehairs that were bred with the avid sportsmen in mind.
1 brown female with white front legs and her belly all white which I have named Ancient Bonnie. !st born (future breeding stock)
2 brown males, one with white front legs, one solid brown with white chest marking
2 white females, one with patch on back, brown tail with white tip, one like mom (brown head)
2 white males with 2 & 3 patch’s each.
All were huge for new born and thats why Meril looked like a pot bellied pig. Great quality food, diet and exercise right till she dropped the pups makes Meril the envy of any woman. The day after dropping seven pups she was running around wagging her tail and looked like she could slip into a bikini and walk down the beach without showing a sign. Thats great genetics. Such a caring and loving mother she is. Meril is also finished to the highest level of field, woods, water and obedience possible. She also has her “hunting license”.
Special attention, many years of research and travel was given to bring these Cesky’s to North America. Dogs with all the bells and whistles and coats to match. All my dogs have true wirehair coats. After all they were bred for that purpose. Argo offers that strong coat in a brown form which is rare. Argo is finished in field, woods, water and obedience. The highest level possible and been graced with his ” hunting license”.
A blue-blood litter is on the ground.
Lena and Baron breeding in July 2010.
Baron is my dog of a lifetime and Lena is the strongest female Cesky that I have yet to see. Built like a male and truly a great bitch with big power in or out of the field and controlled through her intelligence and desire to please. Amazing coat and finished in field, woods, water and obedience. She is a finished dog and recieved her “Hunting Licence”
More amazing litters to come with the addition of 2 new females comming in fall of 2010.
These females will complete my genetic search and secure this breeds future with genetic diversity in North America that will be bred to FCI and the Czech Breeders STANDARDS. By 2011 I will have 7 bitch lines in place and 4 studs in Ancient Kennels. Also Frozen Semen from Top Stud Dogs for Artificial Insemination. Carefully planned breeding by breed wardens suggestions, knowledge and watchful eye.
A hand shake was accepted, a deal was made and my word was given to men who spent a life time producing these dogs for sportsmen like you and I. My knowledge of these dogs is based on what I have learned from sitting at there table and opening a friendship of trust and admiration for die hard Cesky Fousek enthusiasts who see one thing only. The constant improvement of this breed through responsible breeding standards set by many experts and generations who have devoted there lives and constant growing knowledge.
There reward is under GALLERY. Take a LOOK.
Great Sound Hunting Dogs that come from much research , travelling and time with second in mind as your future family member.
Consistent litters with diversities that are chosen are made possible with breeding specific working lines (10) to one another to produce the desired qualities ,needs and demands of a certain type of dog desired by the North American Sportsmen and the game we challenge ourselves with every season. Each line has specific desired strengths.
“Bohemian Wirehaired Pointing Griffon”
700 years of Genetic planning arrives in puppy form from dogs that have achieved highest level of tests in field, obedience and conformation for the selective gentleman or woman foot hunter and there family.
When I first learned of the Cesky Fousek some years ago I was in awe that no one individual had picked up the torch and proudly carried it into the field. I soon realized why?
The cost, research, time and dedication to introduce this rare and remarkable breed to North America in substantial numbers. A gene pool that would be impressive enough to rival existing breeds and make avid sportsmen take note of this remarkable dog that has NINE WORKING GENETIC LINES to control and improve litters. As far as I know the Cesky Fousek is the only working breed that has actually established 10 lines with one as a spare for a future generations.
I have said this before that my aim was never or will ever be to produce puppies that are not going to benefit the sportsmen or the breed. I will always breed within the breed standard set by the Czech Breeders. All my breeding males and females are Utility tested, some are also Memorial tested, under FCI, conformation passed, accepted into their breeding program and received their hunting licenses in the Czech Republic.
If my pups take a while to get into your hands, I apologize. But when they do they will be well worth it and you will know that they are bred to the highest genetic standard. Set by 700 years of genetic cooking by hunters for hunters and there parents made a remarkable journey through my hands after visiting and handpicked them in their homeland.
Duplicate breeding is not allowed by the breed wardens. That being said every breeding combination that takes place in Ancient Kennels will be unique and a one time creation. This will also expand and diversify the genetic pool of the North American Cesky Fousek.
If you are looking for a Wirehair that will meet all your needs in or out of the field and excels with intelligence, nose, drive, pointing ability, confidence, licking you to death, early developing and works for YOU. Search no longer (CESKY FOUSEK)
Responsible breeding under the direction of Breed Wardens.
February 8, 2010
Routine feeding and excercise of my dogs and a cloudy cool day. Argo is running around burning some steam off and in one split second everything changes. He slips on the ice and slides into a parked plow. With crying and hollowing in the air I run to him in sheer panic thinking he has been attacked. he comes to me tail wagging and for some comfort. Imagine my horror when I start checking him out to find a laceration 8 inches long horizontal on his left side rib cage meeting his thigh and 6 inches down, flopped over to his groin exposing muscles and veins. Nearly passing out I realized I had to compose myself immediately and get him to emergency clinic. I lift him into my front seat and drive in panic like an ambulance in emergency mode. I keep patting and assuring him it will all be fine.
Imagine my surprise when the emergency clinic tells me that the cost can stem anywhere from $3,000.00-$6,000.00. If there is internal damage the cost could easily be $12,000.00. The wound he sustained would require the best medical attention available and University of Guelph is the best in the country and just minutes away. Put him back in the truck and rush over. They packed his wound and planned surgery for the morning. Examined and x-rayed he is one lucky dog and I am one lucky owner. No internal injuries.
Later that day Argo is out of surgery and doing well. 5 days later he is home with an arsenal of medication, a cone on his head and has to be crated for the next 10 days and then have the stitches removed. He has been an amazing patient with deep gratitude in his eyes and made his care easy and pleasurable due to his sweet nature. This thoroughbred is raring to fly and release his energy on those fields and I can’t wait to see him fly.
The lesson for me in all this is quite simple. INSURANCE for your Dog. We take for granted everything good in our life’s and do not realize that one split second can cost you a mortgage. At what cost would you say those dreaded words”put him down”? Looking into the puppy eyes of your partner that has done so much training and given his all to join you in the field. That’s right. For me there was no limit once he looked at me, but realistically the shock of his accident was equalled by the quotes of his care.
Purchasing a pup from genetically sound parents is only one portion of the equation. Freak accidents do happen, especially when your dog is running through fields with danger at any turn or in my case a routine everyday thing. A reminder for me that all that we cherish and hold dear can change in the blink of an eye.
Insurance people. Really take a good look at it. We will call it preventative medicine.
My deepest and sincere gratitude to the University of Guelph for their world-class care of my buddy Argo.
Middle of October armed with a trailer custom built to tailor to my Cesky’s needs and my own I set out Northwest of Thunder Bay for a moose and bird hunt combo with one goal in mind. Bond with my newly imported Cesky’s and get into some grouse action. One week of early rising and late nights I started the process of teaching them the English language.
Our bond established with some birds in the cooler and a realization that dogs pick up new language much easier than we do. My confident, tail wagging new immigrants didn’t even miss a beat after a 9 hour flight, 19 hour trailer ride north and leaving the only world they had known behind. All in a weeks time. Searching, pointing and retrieving all with one goal in mind. Pleasing me and becoming part of a team.
Baron remained the number one stud dog, Argo, Cyr, and Ariss.
Meril remained the top female, Lena, Abbey and Hessy.
Important step keeping a pecking order established with me as the dominant pack leader.
Dec 1, I set out for South and North Dakota to meet up with Jim Siebel and John Pitlo of the WPGCA who have become my friends and mentors for me in my Cesky Fousek Invasion of North America. Die hard bird hunters and knowledgeable dog men who turn the other cheek to time. On the way we make a pit stop in South Dakota to meet with Jerry Thoms from Gun Dog magazine for a photo shoot of my Cesky Fousek and interview.
North Dakota and some tough wild pheasant hunting. Cold weather with a little snow on the ground and some really good dog work on a first experince for both the dogs and myself. Early rises, great breakfast, some reminders from John that he doesn’t miss many shooting opportunities ( he doesn’t) and an experience of bird hunting that rivals the birth of my children.
Great dog work, some reminders of easy shots missed. amazing hospitality, great food and a bond with my dogs that will sit with me forever. Storm warning in effect cut our trip short but quality was at the max and invitations set for 2010.
My sincere thanks and gratitude to John Pitlo for setting up all the great memories that I bring back with me on a trip of a lifetime and Jim Siebel who kept me company on a long drive with some great dog talk and a reminder that hunting trips start from the moment the dogs kennel up and friends join you. Also to Jerry Thoms for giving me some of his valuable time and meet my Cesky Fouseks. Last but not least to all the new friends and the great American hospitality that I encountered around every bend on this 5,000 klm trip.
Hopefully next season the corn will come down sooner and the willy roosters will continue to grace those fields and present another great season of the best damn pheasant hunting I have ever experienced.
cheers to all and Happy New Year,