Weight Male 36–44 kg (79–97 lbs)
Female 31–37 kg (68–81 lbs)
Height Male 62–70 cm (25–28 in)
Female 59–65 cm (25–28 in)
Coat Medium length - thick and
First time in history of the
STDCOA we will take
measurement of your Cuvac at
the next dogshow!
(A Ty Biely Cuvacu (White Sheep Dog) - From The
Mountain Paradise - Ziarislav)
Slovensky Cuvac Dog Club of America
the Clubsign changed for the 30th anniversary and we got new stamps!
added: a new
Take a look.
This also can change a
lot for the
The STDCOA is working for the Owner/breeder of Slovenský
All dogs of our members are family pets and do not live in
We are all passionate about this rare breed.
We like sharing information of activities around Cuvac
Most of the dog lovers never heard something about the breed
In 2008 Elisabeth Pisula succeded in registering the breed
The studbook is owned by the STDCOA 1982.
Since founding the Club in 1982 177 Slovensky Cuvac were
registered in the studbook.
President of the Club: Elisabeth Pisula
Vize President: Deb Hunt
Secretary: Paula Fuller
Treasurer: Dennis Pisula
Chewy Discovers FCSU Founder Father Furdek Also “Father of The Slovaks”
Hi, Kids (and all those Young at Heart)
It’s me, Chewy.
I hear school’s about to start for most of you guys here in America. I’ve been busy learning, too. Not
in school, silly. Dogs don’t go to school – well, if you don’t count that doggie “boot camp” our Master
at the Slovak homestead up in the High Tatras put me and my sibs through one insane week. Hey, it
was so not fair that we got blamed for chasing the husi (Slovak for geese) into that pond. They
As all of you my BFFs (or Best Friends Forever, as the cool kids here say) are aware, I’ve
recently been on the road learning all about Slovaks and Slovak-Americans in excellent
places like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. I’m looking forward to traveling
up to the New Jersey, New York area real soon, too. Those are like the very top spots Slovak
immigrants settled in the US. Yea, lots of us came here in the early part of the twentieth century. Like a quarter of the
population of Slovakia was in America by 1915. Crazy numbers, right, but too true. And because I am here at the
awesome Home Office of the First Catholic Slovak Union, I intensely wanted to learn more about our founder Father
He’s been uber famous in our family forever. He came from the same part of Slovakia as our village, which is in the
outrageously excellent region of Orava. I’m talking high up in the mountains,
where the living is beautiful and hard and we grow ‘em tall and strong. My dad, a full grown čuvač
who’s over 100 lbs, told me the story about a young man he’d heard from his dad who heard it from
his dad who visited our homestead in the late 1800s. He was good and kind to my great-great-great
grand’s family and fed us table scraps and scratched our ears in all the right places. But that’s not the
reason we remember. We remember because of who he became.
The Father of the Slovaks Founded Us
I’m talking The Father of the Slovaks. Yep. That’s what they eventually called him – not just in
Cleveland, but throughout America, and around the world, all the way back to the homeland he loved.
To think, here was this young guy fresh out of the seminary chosen to go to Cleveland, Ohio, America
to help the Church there minister to the growing immigrant population. He did great. Actually, more
than great. We’re talkin’ vyborne, people (Slovak for excellent). Can you imagine a 24 year old coming
to an entirely new country, getting ordained and getting busy as a pastor right off the bat? But that’s
what our Father Furdek did. Vyborne to the max! So much so that the Bishop of Cleveland ordered
him to organize the Czech parish Our Lady of Lourdes in Cleveland where he served until his death
in 1915. And with all this going on, he still remembered his people. Us Slovaks. He sought out those
there and did everything he could to help in every aspect of a good life - body and soul.
At the ripe old age of 26, he got together with the guy supposed to be the first Slovak in Cleveland
– Jacob Gruss. The story goes that Pan (Slovak for Mister) Gruss came to Cleveland after telling an
agent at Ellis Island, New York, that he wanted to work “above ground” when the dude suggested the mines of
Pennsylvania. “Ok, then,” the dude said, “Try Cleveland. It’s a new city with lots of factory jobs,” or something like
that. Having to start small didn’t stop Father Furdek, though. In 1890, he and Pan Gruss and 10 other Slovaks
formed the First Catholic Slovak Union. They founded it to help newly arrived immigrants adjust
to life in America – gain their citizenship while also holding tight to their heritage and faith. Father Furdek became an
advisor to the Bishop of the Cleveland Diocese and had a hand in helping had a hand in helping start new Slovak
churches (five grew up in the time we was in Cleveland).
He also was real concerned about our people getting good places to live and be able to support their families and
stuff. He petitioned for better housing, getting Slovaks in Cleveland to move from tenement rentals to neat little
cottages of their own. He believed in better education; he even wrote readers for school children, among other books.
He wanted Slovaks to be able to stand on their own four paws, so to speak, when it came to finances. So when no one
was offering our hard-working people the chance to get insurance – even though they took just about the hardest jobs
around with many, many risks to life and limb – he started organizing Slovaks fraternals for just that reason. Most
especially, he founded the First Catholic Slovak Union (or FCSU) to make sure men, women and children
were covered when tragedy struck. The fact that the FCSU is helping members all these years later
protect themselves and their families with insurance and annuities is almost too cool to contemplate!
Small wonder the FCSU is also called Jednota, which is Slovak for Union or United. I’m only a little dog so I don’t
qualify; but, man, if it were me, I’d call my local branch today or the Home Office at 1-800-JEDNOTA or jump on the
website at www.fcsu.com to get all the super details. I’m just sayin’.And, wowee zowee, if Father Furdek didn’t care
about an independent Slovakia. He got together with other fraternal leaders to focus like a laser on supporting the
founder of the National Slovak Society to start the National Slovak League. They focused like a laser on supporting
the Slovak quest for freedom and this thing called “self-determination.” I looked it up. It’s just a fancy way of saying
Slovakia wanted to be its own country. He started this very newspaper you are reading right now, to
deliver all these messages and offer all kinds of support. Because of him, Jednota became a beacon
of light shining on Slovak independence.
All the way around, Father Furdek is my definition of a hero. It’s really something to know we’re members of a Society
with such an awesome start. Maybe someday, we can meet and swap stories about what you and your family are
doing to continue Father Furdek’s legacy of faith, family and heritage …Until then, check out this smokin’ Slovak
Festival I went to over Labor Day weekend (editor’s note: see p. 5 of this issue), and – samozrejme (Slovak for “of
course”) – keep your ears up and your tail wagging.Your Friend, (in Slovak, Tvoj Priateľ)
In the middle our judge Mira Gehring from Germany, who has done a
real great job with a lot of explanation.
Our friends from Finland enjoyed the show and the American friends
and their Cuvac.
Seija Juselius has shown 2 Cuvac and was in her element.
Paula was driving 5 days to visit the show and Dana was driving from
Nebraska also 5 days with her Dora spod Babej hory.
First time we have had at our shows a Cuvac from the Kennel "Tranquil
Hill"..( Father: Anton Janin Ranc - mother: Roza z Pozdisovskej doliny.)
Several "Boehmerwaelder" was shown out of the Y-Z and A litter.
Winner 4th Memorial Prof. Antonin Hruza USA 2012 was
Yoo Texas vom Boehmerwald!
Best female his mother "Ulka z Pozdisovskej doliny.
Both won a Chewy Cuvac sponsored by Jednota!
|New born puppies in Texas/USA March 11. 2013
the B-litter vom Boehmerwald - 5 females and 3 males are healthy strong little guys!
Ulka z Pozdisovskej doliny has had her third litter with the Sire
"CEDRIK Orlicky talisman".
Our judge from Finland for the 4th Memorial
Prof. A. Hruza 2013.
Date: mid of October
|Our Club Slovensky Cuvac Dog Club of America 1982 is now published on : www.animaltv.sk
First puppy born and all 30 minutes the next one!
|4 weeks old and very socialized in behavior...
Baxter and Otto are playing. All pups love to be in the
pack of grown-ups
|before they are going to their new homes they have to learn ride a car...
|In remembering to great Slovensky Cuvac we lost:
Cedrik Orlicky talisman
|the 2nd edition of "The Paw" will be mailed out to the members of the STDCOA
in May 2013
|Brigitta Texas vom Boehmerwald
at her new home in PA