Hard Dog Race wants to give you more than just an
unforgettable racing experience.
It is undoubtedly the duty of every dog owner and every citizen to adhere to the Animal Protection Act, and that every dog is much more than “just” a living thing. We, the founders and organizers of the Hard Dog Race firmly believe that a dog is a companion, a friend, a member of the family. As such, a dog deserves our attention, respect and love. We know this is only possible to provide if we familiarize ourselves with the culture of dog-keeping, and consistently apply what we learn every day. Therefore one of the goals of HDR is to provide its participants and visitors with the knowledge that may facilitate this coexistence: by providing information and a good example.
We also believe that establishing a harmonious relationship between dog-owners and people with no dogs is entirely possible on the basis of mutual respect and the understanding and acceptance of other people’s opinion. We believe that we, dog owners have to make compromises in order to achieve a conflict-free cohabitation. In order to achieve this, we try to contribute however we can with the tools at our disposal.
We hope that the development of the culture of dog ownership will one day reach the point where there will be hardly any dogs left at the shelters. Supporting a dog shelter is only a temporary treatment of symptoms, unfortunately. The true solution would be to teach our children that dogs are living, feeling creatures that cannot just be thrown away or bred irresponsibly.
We know how it is when two hearts beat and six legs run in unison for the one victory at the end. We strive to share this experience with as many people as possible.
The Hard Dog Race Story
The idea of Hard Dog Race was conceived by András Púza.
The race was a result of many defining experiences in his life. The greatest factor was primarily – and chronologically – his relationship with dogs. He was captivated by the world of dogs at a very young age – as he says, ‘I learnt to walk while hanging on to our dog’s hair.’ Another important experience for András was his time as a member of a dog rescue team. The skills he had learnt here led him from a being hobbyist to becoming a dog professional.
Later, he served in the Hungarian Army, he went to Afghanistan, to a 7-month mission as an IED dog handler. Here, he learnt the importance of perseverance in extreme situations and the life-saving quality of team spirit. After the tour was over, his dog Ronin, after a long career of searching for bombs, became a member of András’s family.
Apart from the love and understanding of dogs, the mentality of martial arts – which András has also been studying since his childhood – is also a prominent part of HDR. András learnt on the tatami and in the dust of training camps that there is no obstacle one couldn’t overcome with enough willpower and belief in one’s self, as well as the fact that in athletes’ communities, one can create lifelong friendships based on mutual trust.
Last but not least, extreme obstacle courses he competed in have also shaped him a lot. These served as the ‘dogless’ preludes for HDR. After tackling such a challenge, he’d always think, ‘Okay, that was awesome, but where’s my dog?’
Therefore, combining all these virtues in a single race was a straightforward step for András to make, and this is what eventually led to the creation of HDR.