Since 1983 we -Wanda Oud and Erik van Duin- lived together in various
places in Holland.
In 2008 we moved to Germany, and this of course together with all our
animals: dogs, horses, chickens, cats,
minipigs ducks, emu’s and so on...
Millions of things happened but here we give you just a quick
Erik had his first Leonberger in 1973, Gyurcitarjan Orrash, who sadly
died of bone cancer in 1976. He then bought Iarbas van de Tafelronde.
With him he not only worked a lot but also got involved in breeding and
all the "complications" that come with that.... For example he was in
the committee of the Dutch Leonberger Club from 1978 till 1990.
Wanda bought her first Leo Loni van de Tafelronde in 1977 for her
parents but instantly fell in love with the breed and soon came Mindoluin
van de Tafelronde. After buying Ondula van Gaisberg in Germany in 1979
the motivation and basis for breeding was there. The first litter
was born in 1980, 35 litters were to follow in the next 30 years. For
the turbulent history that has to do with breeding Leonbergers please
see their pages.
The world of Leo's is small, especially in that time, so we knew each
other but were not friendly to each other, on the contrary! Our only
link were the Leonbergers. In 1982 we discovered the other side of the
line and since 1983 we live together.
We always had a lot of animals, so we found ourselves a place in the
country were we would have enough space for them all. We travelled
around a lot in Europe to visit expositions, went on many long trips to
mate our bitches and of course we met lots of really nice Leonberger
people. Some of them became very good and trustworthy friends. As we are not the type of persons that
stay under the grass level when there is trouble of course we also have some enemies, some of them
serious threads. But we learned to live with that too.
In 1992 the first Noriker horses from Austria came to live with us and a
whole new experience in horse breeding and working with them
began. As most people, we also have to live and earn money. Erik worked
hard as an architect for different company’s and I worked in our company
at home. In 2002 this expanded so much that I stopped breeding Leo’s
because I simply did not have the time anymore. I was on this lonely
ship and had to sail along.
Until 2006, when everything changed and we decided to sell the farm and
look for a place abroad: France or Germany. After a very long search it
became Germany, more specific the Eifel. There we found a totally ruined
farm with a lot of land in the middle of nowhere. Just what we wanted.
We moved in September 2008 and spent all our time and energy to build
the place up again. We also needed the time to relax after all the
stress of the last years. So far, so good. Now we have time again to
show our dogs and we are planning a litter in 2010. All the animals
found their place, just like us, on this lovely lonely mountain
surrounded by woods and fields. We call it Pelgrims Park!