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A Visit to Tawy Wolfdog Rescue

posted 21 Jul 2013, 04:19 by Hanka Čertík
A swift, powerful adult animal that is incerdibly clever, unforgiving and trusts no one: that is the hardest kind to approach, train, socialize and rehome. Regular dog rescues know this, and with them these hard-to-deal-with animals usually have only a slim chance of being accepted and successfully finding a new home. The easiest way to solve severe behaviour problems is putting the dog down - and if it weren't for Tawy Kennel, this is exactly what could have happened to several Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs already.

I usually write about well-socialized, properly cared for Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs, since that is the kind I meet regularly. But sometimes a CSW goes to a well-meaning owner who spoils it so much that it becomes unmanageable, another mistake is that he doesn't socialize the pup until too late, in some cases he neglects the dog, or worse - abuses him and abandons him.



The problem with Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs is - they are not like other dogs. When things go wrong with them, they can be a fatal danger to themselves, other animals and even people. Very few dog rescues know how to deal with an abandoned Czechoslovakian Wolfdog, especially if he has "issues". Vojta Kouřil and Lenka Brzobohatá decided to start a small non-profit rescue specifically aimed at Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs, as they have years and years of experience with raising and training dogs, own several Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs and help other CSW owners with training.

Running a private rescue can be a thankless job, time consuming, expensive, not to mention the toll it takes on one's belief in the goodness of humankind - when breeders refuse to accept any responsibility for the animals they breed, when you are called to help a dog, and when you arrive you see that the only help you can give it is to stop their terrible suffering forever, when some people's malice sends veterinary and municipal controls at your door for animal abuse every few weeks despite the fact that the only animals that can ever be found in bad condition are those you just brought home trying to save their life, to cure their people-inflicted injuries, show them how to trust people again and ideally rehome them.

On the other hand, when you help to find a better owner for a dog and see it thrive with his new owners is a reward like no other. Not all wolfdogs that come to Tawy rescue are in terribly bad physical and mental health state, some are just unlucky, unwanted, or need a brief period of proper socialization and training. And while some breeders refuse to even let the animal they bred be mentioned on the rescue's website in fear of having it reflect badly on their breeding program, other breeders are grateful for the help and do all they can to support the rescue and rehoming of the dog.

I visited Vojta and Lenka in Brno, Czech Republic, and I saw how they live and breathe for dogs, Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs especially. I wish them a lot of success with their breeding program as well as their rescue.

To read about the dogs currently available for adoption or about the ways you can help, please visit the Tawy Kennel website. (in Czech) Any kind of sponsorship is greatly appreciated and I can promise you it really is used to help animals in need. Just look at the list of successfully rehomed Czechoslovakian Wolfdogs - isn't this a cause worth supporting?

Some of the rescue wolfdogs are photographed in my gallery, as well as some of Vojta and Lenka's own dogs.
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