A day in the life -- today's Kuvaszok

1/16/19

109,000 views of Kuvasz Klips!

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As of today, there have been 109,000 views of Kuvasz Klips!

That's an amazing number for a blog written about a fairly obscure subject, a rare dog breed, the Kuvasz! 

This blog has been seen in 91 countries around the world, in all 6 continents of the world where dogs live: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Kuvasz live in all but Africa.


Thanks for viewing and thanks for sharing your photos!
These 9 puppies "eat with joy." Who is the breeder and photographer, please?

1/15/19

Dr. Buzády's "Dogs of Hungary" in German

This is the info for the book "Dogs of Hungary." The ISBN for the German version is here, as well as the publisher's and Dr. Buzády's contact info if you can't find the book elsewhere.

Dog yoga, maybe

Tanja of Bánáti Haver Háza Kuvasz Kennel in Serbia shares this photo of her Haver, a 3-year-old male.

Csipke practices ice hockey - video, 2:07



Ma reggel ideális volt minden, hogy bebizonyítsuk a kuvasz vagyis hát CSIPKE sokoldalúságát. Sport-kutya átképzéssel indítottunk. Jégkorong edzés - első lecke : kapd el a pakkot és vidd ! ice hockey training first lesson : catch the puck an pick it up !
Posted by Tamás Kalácsi on Monday, January 14, 2019
Eight-month-old Csipke in Hungary finds a chunk of ice shaped sort of like a hockey puck and has fun.

This video showcases the characteristic dark coloring of parts of the Kuvasz body, especially contrasting the dark nails against the white ice.
"The nose, the eyelids and the lips are always black....The pads are dark gray, the nails slate gray."

From: Pál Sárkány and Imre Ócsag, Hungarian Dog Breeds, Budapest, Hungary: Corvina Kiadó, 1977, 2nd ed. 1986, p. 103.

"Hungarian Girl" t-shirt

Barney

Heini of Iipanaapan Kenneli in Finland shares the news of Czar Hans Hendrick's (call name Barney) win of the international champion title.

1/14/19

New kennel name in Finland

The New Year brought something new, kennel Meripeikon is now kennel Coldblow.

Tiina Mäkinen of Kennel Meripeikon in Finland shares this news about her kennel name change to Kennel Coldblow.

Gita and puppies in Serbia

Isidora of Homokpusztai Haramia Kuvasz Kennel in Serbia shares this photo of her Gita and her puppies. 

“The eyes are medium, slightly oblique, almond shaped....The eyes are either dark brown or black. The eyelids are black. Their expression reflects strength and courage.” 

From: Pál Sárkány and Imre Ócsag, Hungarian Dog Breeds, Budapest, Hungary: Corvina Kiadó, 1977, 2nd ed. 1986, p. 101, 102.


1/5/19

Maya at the vet

Maya in Florida waits in the veterinarian's office, well protected by a small metal folding chair. She seems to have developed a bit of arthritis in one leg, at age 11. With just the first dose of medication, she was feeling better; after the second dose, she was leaping to her feet and barking at the mailman.
And here she is, back from the vet and back from the groomer, feeling like her usual self.

1/4/19

Mezzo, Oddball the Maremma's descendent, continues protecting penguins


Penguin protector Mezzo the maremma is on the job helping Middle Island occupants fight back

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Mezzo the maremma is a guardian of Middle Island's penguins
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Middle Island's famous penguins have a new hero — an 18-month-old bundle of fluff called Mezzo.

Here's the list of posts thus far about the Maremma Penguin Project in Kuvasz Klips:  all-oddball-maremma-posts-on-kuvasz-klips

Here are maps of the Middle Island area in Victoria, Australia:

Location of Middle Island near Warrnambool.
Travel route between Warrnambool and the Melbourne airport.

All the Oddball the Maremma posts on Kuvasz Klips thus far

These are the links to all the posts concerning Oddball the Maremma in Australia that are on this blog as of this date.





Oddball the Maremma post of 2-10-18

Oddball the Maremma post of 2-28-17

Oddball the Maremma post of 2-16-17

Oddball the Maremma post of 2-12-17

Oddball the Maremma post of 12-27-16

Oddball the Maremma post of 1-23-16

Oddball the Maremma post of 12-29-15

Oddball the Maremma post of 12-15-15

Oddball the Maremma post of 11-9-15

Oddball the Maremma post of 7-27-15

Oddball the Maremma post of 8-11-14

This is Alan "Swampy" Marsh and Oddball in Australia.


1/2/19

108 and 108,000

108,000 views of Kuvasz Klips have been seen as of this date. But more importantly, we honor this man who died recently at age 108.

Georges Loinger was born in Strasbourg in 1910 and became a member of the French Resistance during the war.

He was serving with the French army in 1940 when he was taken prisoner by the Germans and sent to a prisoner of war camp.

Because the talented athlete had blond hair and blue eyes, the Germans did not suspect he was Jewish and he managed to escape the camp and return to France.

He then joined the Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (OSE), a Jewish children's aid society.

Click here to read more of this brave man:



My favorite description of Kuvasz TEMPERAMENT - re-printed for 2019

Ekaterina in Russia shares this photo of her Kuvasz that 
has sprung up in an amicable fashion to clasp her around the neck.

I love this description of temperament! This is from Dr. Buzády's book.

"Mor Jokai [in Hungary] wrote 150 years ago using the words Kuvasz and Komondor as synonymous:

" 'That the welcome might be more patriarchal, the big Komondors/Kuvasz of the house too passed among the guests licking their hands; and in this is something worthy of comment. The conduct of the dogs of the house is a powerful indication of the hospitality of the householder: where even the Komondor/Kuvasz licks the guest's hand and springs up in amicable fashion to clasp him round the neck, there he is seen gladly;

" 'but where the Komondor/Kuvasz lies in the doorway outside and growls at you when you approach, there prepare yourself for the question 'When will it please you to move on?' "

From: Dr. Tibor Buzády, Dogs of Hungary, trans. Bernard Adams, Budapest, Hungary: Nóra Kiadó, 2002, p. 141-142.


The above photo is Ekaterina in Russia whose Kuvasz has sprung up in an amicable fashion to clasp her around the neck, as did Peter's Kuvasz in Germany.




My favorite quote about the Kuvasz APPEARANCE - re-printed for 2019


I love this quote from Dr. Buzády's book. And I feel the same way myself (about the Kuvasz; I'm not familiar with the other breeds)!

The Kuvasz:

Breeders and owners treat their dogs as if they were their own children. There are always a couple of characteristics of the dogs in which they like to take special pride.

Long tales are told of the mischievousness or emotional instability of the Puli, while the attentiveness and enthusiasm for work of the Vizsla are spoken of with pleasure.

The Pumi’s crazy behavior or the way in which the mighty Komondor can be gentle as a lamb ... the list could grow.

Owners of the Kuvasz, however, are convinced that theirs is the most beautiful dog in the world – and not without reason.  The handsome animal never fails to give passers-by in the street something to stare at, and there is always a crowd around it at a show.

From:  Dr. Tibor Buzády, Dogs of Hungary, trans. Bernard Adams (Budapest, Hungary: Nóra Kiadó, 2002), p. 89.

1/1/19

New Years greetings from 1932 - video 1:14 - Many thanks to Isvtán Apro in Hungary for sharing this.

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New Years Greetings from 1932 - words and still photos from 1:14 video (above)

BÚÉK! ... 😊🍸 1932. DECEMBER MAGYAR VILÁGHÍRADÓ Újévi köszöntő Illyés Imre, parasztgazda: „Itt van hát az újév, kirúgta a régit, kurjantva köszöntöm mindkettőnek végit. A múltat ne bánjuk, hadd..
Happy New Year! ... 😊🍸 DECEMBER 1932 HUNGARIAN WORLD NEWSLETTER New Year's greeting Imre Illyés, farmer: “There's the New Year here, fired the old one, and I'm greeting both ends. Don't worry about the past, let's ...

Many thanks to Isvtán Apro in Hungary for sharing this.


12/31/18

New Year Eve 2019 - 7

Sándor Bárándi and Sándorné Bárándi of Harmatok Őrzője Kennel in Hungary extend greetings for the new year.

Happy New Year 2019 - 6

Heini Kurtti of Iipanaapan Kenneli in Finland shares this.

12/30/18

New Year 2019 - 5

An Kima of Védelmezo Északi Kedves Kuvasz Kennel in Germany sends new year greetings.

New Year 2019 - 4

Lotta shares holiday greetings from Sweden.

New Years Eve 2019 - 3

Photo: Elisabeth Lerchl

“Preparations for the New Years Party!”

Á. Csilla of Kulcsos Lujza Kuvasz Kennel in Hungary shares this photo of Barbár and Halona.

BÚÉK - "'Boldog új évet kívánok' is a clattering shower of Uralic syllables meaning 'I wish you a Happy New Year.'"

Photo from Google Images.


"For those of you still dependant [sic] on the Gregorian Calendar*,  I would like to wish you all a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, or as we say in Hungary, BÚÉK! Hungarians love abbreviations, and BÚÉK stands in for 
'Boldog új évet kívánok' a clattering shower of Uralic syllables meaning 'I wish you a Happy New Year.'" 

"The Holiday season in Hungary is a bit different that the one we are accustomed to in the English speaking world (or the Prime Fringe Universe, if you wish.)  For one thing, Santa Claus comes on Dec. 6, but it is the baby Jesus Himself who puts out the children's gifts on the morning of Dec. 25. 

"The traditional Christmas roast turkey is replaced by the traditional Hungarian carp soup and slices of beigli, a dense poppy seed or nut roll cake that is related to a bagel on only the most distant verbal terms. Don't like carp soup? Too bad. You are going to eat carp soup."

Happy New Year 2019 - 2

nika B. and pup of her Fehér-Farkas Lavina Kuvasz Kennel in Hungary wish everyone a happy new year.

New Year's Eve 2019 - 1

Sabine of vom Crystal Diamonds Kuvasz Kennel in Germany extends wishes for a happy 2019.

12/29/18

5-day-old puppies

Monika B. in Hungary shares this photo of her 5-day-old puppies. Their pink skin on their nose and ears is now turning the desired slate gray color.

Full version of "Brady's Escape" movie, constructed from YouTube clips -- 1 hour, 36 minutes long

This movie was made in 1983, when the VHS was the machine of the day. The entire movie was uploaded in 11 clips to YouTube.

Kuvasz Klip's very own tech consultant, Steve Elftmann, furnished the html code that enables viewing here on this blog.  There's a little gap between each of the YouTube clips, but it's not bad, and the movie flows well.


Even though this movie was made in Hungary by Hungarians, when it was opened in the US, much of the dialog is in English, with some Hungarian and German,

The plot:  When two American pilots, Brady and Benson, crash-land in the Hortobágy in 1944, they find help from the Hungarian residents, because, as the doctor says, "The Germans are our allies, but we are occupied."

The Nazis find the flaming wreckage of the plane but see no bodies. So they go in search of the American pilots who must still be alive.
Though allied with (but occupied by) the Germans, the Hungarians work desperately to save the Americans.

The Nazis shot Kuvaszok as casually and cruelly as the Soviets did when the Soviets invaded later that year, in September 1944.
Just before the killing.
My observations on the movie:  In spite of the bleak environment and the hideous behavior of the Nazis, and the fear and anxiety the Hungarians must have felt, there was a thing of beauty that stood out -- the Kuvasz. Other things of beauty were the magnificent horses and Grey cattle and Racka sheep.

As to the movie's end, the ending was a little bit happy but mostly heartbreaking, the characters suffering the hardship and vagaries of war.

 

12/27/18

107,000 views of Kuvasz Klips!

There have now been 107,000 views of Kuvasz Klips!

That's an amazing number for a blog written about a fairly obscure subject, a rare dog breed, the Kuvasz! 

This blog has been seen in 91 countries around the world, in all 6 continents of the world where dogs live: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Thanks for viewing and thanks for sharing your photos!

Chilag and Hugo

Roselyne in Ontario shares this photo of her Kuvasz family members, Chilag and Hugo, one-on-one.

Men, sheep, dogs in the mountains

rton in Hungary shares this photo from historic archives. I'd like to find out more about this great photo.

Please contact me at amy@amyelf.com with info to ID this photo. Thanks!

Where this photo was taken? Jánosi in Hungary points out that the presence of pine trees means it probably not in Hungary. 

What breed are the dogs? Scott writes, "the dogs have a definite sighthound-influenced structure and fur coat, and suggest the Akbash."

Does anyone recognize the clothing as being specialized to a certain region?
This photo is from a TV ad in Slovakia.
 I compared the embroidered vest and the round, small-brimmed hats to the historic photo.

If it's not in Hungary, could it be in Slovakia, or Slovenia, or Romania? Or elsewhere? Any more ideas and info, please send to me at amy@amyelf.com. Thanks!



12/26/18

Christmas 2018 - 32 - Kuvasz Christmas stamps

Gyula Vasarhelyi, a prominent stamp designer who was from Hungary, created these stamps with Christmas themes and included his Kuvasz in the designs.




12/24/18

Christmas 2018 - 31

Lena of Czaruso Kuvasz Kennel in Sweden sends holiday greetings.

Christmas 2018 - 30

From the left: Little Fia, Gyám Bilge, Atomhõ ( around my neck :-D ), Aranyásó and Maya on the floor.
Marie in Sweden and her Kuvaszok wish everyone happy holidays.

Christmas 2018 - 29


Mariette of Kuvasz Kennel vom Quecksilber in Germany shares holiday greetings.

Christmas 2018 - 28

Mónika of Fehér-Farkas Lavina Kuvasz Kennel in Hungary shares this Christmas kiss between Berta and Mishka. All three send holiday greetings to the world.

Christmas 2018 - 27

Edit Wagner of Zalai-subás Komondor És Puli Tenyészto in Hungary sends holiday wishes.