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..and here he is ..

www.kolymakennels.com – copyright 2011 – E.O. van Lierop – Website by Labyrinthos.

 For over 30 years 4 big plastic boxes with slides, films and pictures of our dogs and teams and those who went the same trail with us getting the sleddogsport in Central Europe going with the Siberian Husky, got dragged along to every new home I found. “I have to do something with it, I know… because when I leave this world all this archive I have  both in my head and in those boxes, will be lost. But how ? When?”

Well, it took the development of this our digital world to solve that problem. Getting deep into the labyrinth world to find the  webmaster in…metJeff

  ..  Jeff Saward to help me get the job started.

Some tenacity and a deep  love for my dogs and the breed to finally get to that moment to sit down , drag those boxes from under my bed and say to myself :

Now, let’s see, what do I actually have here ?”files

This is just the beginning of an ongoing project. The layout, the way Jeff and I finally decided upon how it would be right for us both, now stands ….

      Els1    …and my dogs and the sport I never stopped loving will keep me going !

I will keep digging and Jeff will keep adding.   Are all my data correct ? I doubt it, but I hope I will be corrected by those who were there with me!  Will I forget someone ? that’s what worries me. Will my story be complete ? my archive isn’t so it can’t possibly be!

When will it all be finished ? No idea, probably when I topple over and will leave this world to join all my loved ones, family and dogs.. in that spirit world up there somewhere !

marjoleineBut whenever that may be, it will not really get done if Marjoleine de Klerk does not keep coming every Thursday evening to give me her digital lessons!

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In Memoriam

Starting a New Year means – at the same time – closing the passed one.

For me it feels different this time.                     For me it is closing a Book.

My Siberian Husky Sleddog  Life Book.

On the 5th of December Lew van Leeuwen passed away. We shared our sleddoglife together. Helping to get the breed well established in Central Europe. Our Anadyr Siberian shuttle of eighty dogs  (they say…never counted them myself) became legendary. Matching the individual dogs to their owners and genetically to their dogs was quite a challenge. Talking Earl and Natalie Norris (Alaskan Kennels, Willow Alaska) “out off them” a story in itself.

With our European sleddogfriends we build the trails, agreed, disagreed and competed against eachother in good comradeship. We founded breedclubs and sleddogclubs together. Put the sport on the worldwide sleddog calender together.

In time the trails of Lew and me took different directions. But the good memories will be there forever.  The dogs part of my soul.

My Thank You to you Lew!

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