Wednesday, 19 June 2013
The dog seminars were on two nights for 80 people on one night and 25 the next. They were good fun. The horse training seminar was held in a ecology centre in the middle of Prague. A little farm that is not only an eco centre but also a cultural centre. It has an eco school in it, and keeps all the traditional Czech animals including the Hurtu horse, which is about to be recognised as a threatened domestic species - the first domestic species with this status. I had the good fortune to meet a couple of these horses.
I truly enjoyed meeting some amazing people and animals.
The week before I arrived a half of the Prague Zoo was flooded after the river burst its banks. The animal care takers evacuated all animals to safety. They were in the process of cleaning up when I got there. With the assistance of hundreds of volunteers from the city. It was wonderful to see the cameraderie, commitment to their zoo, and of course the love they have for the animals. Made me want to don a pair of gum boots and get my hand dirty with them. Czech has a great community ethic. People care about people. I somehow suspect that the respect the people have for natural life is a part of the reason. Dogs are allowed in the zoo. In fact they have watering stations all around. Families with their 'best friend' are common sights. All being together.
Thank you Franta, and all the amazing people I spent time with in this last week. Thank you thank you thank you!!