Polish Lowland Sheepdog - pons - pon the dog
Dr. Danuta Hryniewicz and her beloved Pons
DANUTA HRYNIEWICZ (1914- 2007)
I first met Danuta in 1971, a year after I purchased my Polon z Kordegardy. The dog was sent to me by train so I didn’t meet the breeder personally. The following year I was spending a holiday on the seaside and I decided to drop by and see the kennels. At that time Danuta was living in Leba, a small and remote seaside town, later turned into a fashionable holiday resort. The redbrick house was situated in the main street. My knocking on the gate was answered by deafening barking and howling. The gate opened and I saw a woman. Before I explained who I was, she shouted “Come later! I am bathing dogs!!!!!”
I came later and never regretted it. A somewhat scary woman turned out to be one of the most interesting and friendly persons I have ever met.
was born in
the war, when the boundaries changed, she found a job as a vet in the
the years there were also other breeds at her residence. Although Danuta
became famous as the “mother” of Pons, her favourite breed were always
house and yard were full of dogs. Dachshunds took over the bedroom and the
bed itself, and they burrowed in the sheets and pillows, while other dogs
were kenneled. She never cared much about herself and her lifestyle must
have been difficult to share.
several years many people used to spend holidays and weekends with Danuta,
trying to put things in order but the task was hopeless. As far as her way
of life was concerned, she was very stubborn and didn’t like any
had a great sense of humour and – more important- never suffered from
kennel blindness. She was always very honest, open minded and critical
about the quality of her stock. And that was probably the main reason that
she achieved so much.
after I met her, she developed severe arthritis that eventually put her into
a wheel chair, yet it was not possible to persuade her to reduce the
numbers of dogs.
years ago, she sold the property and moved to the south of
long line of top quality pons is well known to anybody who studied the
history of the breed and there is not a single Pon in the world whose
pedigree cannot be traced to Kordegarda. SMOK was undoubtedly the father
of the breed, which was quickly established due to strong inbreeding.
of us will always remember Danuta not only as a talented breeder, but as a
personality never unsurpassed. May she rest in peace – I am sure she
will, always in a company of her beloved dogs.
Copyright Miroslaw Redlicki - 2007