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.