We, Jan, Jos and Nick van der Wiel, are the happy owners of our lovely
Nourack and Raika.
Some three years ago we decided we would like to have a dog. But it was
very difficult to choose the breed. First we bought a "puppy
guide" which gave us an impression of a lot of breeds, with
description of the various characters. Finally, we chose two breeds. My
husband and I fell on the Polski Owczarek Nizinny and our son Nick, now 14
years old, wanted a Bull Mastif, because he liked its height and strength.
Then we started to visit some dogshows to see the dogs for real. One day
we came in Rotterdam and we saw there a lot of Nizinny's. We could talk
with the owners and breeders and we could play and walk with the dogs. We
really fell in love. Also our son Nick changed his opinion: he noticed
that a PON is a really nice playmate and very strong.
So the decision was made: it had to be a NIzinny. Then we got to know
Gerda Steekers, who just had a litter.We picked out Nourack, because he
was so lovely and playful. Every week we visited Gerda to see our
sweetheart. We couldn't wait to take him home with us. When Nourack was
seven weeks old, we took him with us. In the first weeks we took him
everywhere: in the bus, the subway, very busy shops, big crowds etc.etc.
The result is that Nourack is not afraid of anything! Even thunder and
fireworks don't frighten him. He is so easygoing, we can take him
everywhere: a journey for two days in the car to very hot Spain in the
summer, a journey to Poland for winterholiday. Also Nourack is able to be
home alone for a lot of hours a day, because we have to work. During
lunchhour one of us go home to walk him and that goes really well.
Our plan was just to have a dog, nothing further. But then, Gerda Steekers
asked us to compete in the Clubmatch of the Dutch club. And Nourack became
best young male!! This made us to visit more shows and Nourack gets very
nice results. Now we go to shows in Holland, Belgium, Luxemburg, France
and Germany. In the meantime Nourack had some tests: eyes, hips for HD and
heart. All the results were very good. So now he is on the list for studs.
By visiting shows we got to know a lot of PONfans in the various
countries. Some of them help us a lot in learning more about the PON. A
special word of thanks we would like to give to the breeder of our dogs
Gerda Steekers and Katja Jasica and her mother. We think we found very
good friends in them.
Nourack has a very nice and open character. He adores children. The
children in our neighbourhood are very fond of him. They can do anything
with him. Furthermore, in the house he is very calm. But he loves very
much to play with his tennisbal and other toys.
We make a lot of long walks, in the woods and on the beach and around the
As you can see now we are infected with the "PON-virus". This
resulted in the wish to get another dog, a female this time. Again we had
the opportunity to get a dog from Gerda Steekers, who is always willing to
give us advise and is always helping us. So this is how we got our lovely
Raika, who is now one year old. Raika also competes in shows and her
results are really great up till now.
Our futureplan is: to get a litter from Raika.
If you took the time to read the whole story above: watch out to buy a
Nizinny: first you just want a dog and before you know it, you end up like
us: having two dogs, go to a lot of shows and planning a litter.
Jan, Jos and Nick van der Wiel
2994 BC Barendrecht