We are Rade, Bane and Larisa Pajic, family of three huge dog lovers. Our dogs are not our showing off pets, nice to be seen in a garden or only to secure the property. Our dogs are our precious family members with whom we harmoniously and to our utmost joy share lives 24/7. They are those whose needs come as first, always and forever, even when it means putting our own needs and social life aside for a while. We wouldn’t call it a hobby, as it is not something that you do only in your free time or when you are in the mood. Not that it is always easy to cope with this life rhythm, balancing between our own habits, professional engagement and dogs- but it is a choice and our LIFESTYLE!
Rade is a founder of Od Semberije kennel, its heart and soul, the one who started it all many years ago, more precisely 30 years. He is the one with the best experience, know-how skills and a profound knowledge of dogs in all aspects. A quiet person with a special bond to dogs, always willing to help, give explanation or advice the rest of our team. He is also a FCI judge, although less active in a past few years.
Bane is a veterinary technician and 3rd year student of Information Technologies, and among many other young generations’ interests, he is always very eager to learn more about dogs in general, breeding, health, raising of pups, etc. He enjoys having a long “dog” talks with his dad, ready to do lots of online researches looking for more explanations striving to become better with each and every day, all of it in order to provide our dogs with only the best- and it all starts with knowledge and experience. A young fellow so passionate about dogs!
Larisa is a professor of English language and literature, working as a teacher in one of local schools. Apart from her professional engagement, she has many other interests and hobbies, like travelling, reading, gardening, but she is actually a full-time dogs’ human mom. She enjoys long walks and playing with our dogs, endless hugging sessions, and she is an incurable puppy-time addict. She is also in charge of keeping and updating our dogs’ diary records and other paper work.
We own a small coffee bar, which is also the first pet friendly bar in our city, where both people and their fur friends are more than welcome to enjoy their drinks and some delicious snacks as well. And there is this small but very strict internal rule- if you visit us with your dog, keep in mind that your dog will be served as first!
“Od Semberije” kennel becomes a member of Federation Cynologique Internationale FCI on 13th February 1987. under the number 2175/87. Kennel’s name is translated as “of/from Semberije” and is a name of geographical region where we live, situated between two rivers Drina and Sava and Majevica mountain.
The story about Od Semberije kennel started with a small boys’ obsession with dogs, which was shown in his spending hours playing with them, having no fear no matter dogs’ size and more surprisingly even the less friendly dogs were willing to play with him acting calm and gentle. So even at that time it was clear, he had quite a special and unique bond with dogs. Those were mainly neighbors’ dogs but he had a dream of having a very special fur friend one day himself.
And then, the happiest day- for 7th birthday, his parents’ friends gave him the best possible gift ever, his very first special friend- a German Shepherd puppy girl called Elsa. Elsa was a sweet, playful and extremely smart puppy, his first purebred dog, his soul-mate, they were best friends who grew up together. By the end of primary education, another dog comes to his life, Sarplaninac (Yugoslavian Shepherd dog) called Vucko. Vucko was an extremely gentle giant, crazy about his boy and a perfect family companion but due to his huge size and need for more space where he could run free, Rade and his parents decided that Vucko would be better off on a friends’ countryside farm in a nearby village.
During secondary education, Rade travelled very often to Moscow, Russia, to visit his family as it was his mothers’ homeland. And there it was where he fell in love with a German Boxer. At age of 18 he got himself a wonderful puppy boy called Rocco, who came from a famous and well-known breeder, Mr. Klima Vince, Becej, Serbia. Rocco was a special boy, almost inseparable of his human, the one who would learn things immediately and do anything to please you and make you happy. Going out in the weekend meant that Rocco goes too, so hanging out with girls meant lots of fun but also loads of compliments and their admiration for young four-legged boy. Unfortunately, Rocco passed away at young age of 2,5.
Loss of Rocco made a huge hole in Rade’s heart and his life, it was difficult to accept the fact he is no longer there. Few years have passed before he could get over is and welcome a new dog into his life, years in which he thought about what breed would suit him the best but also to what dog he would be able to give the best possible life, always bearing in mind both dog’s needs, trainability, character, etc. and how does his own lifestyle copes with it. A life of a dog and a human is a special relationship with one another and it has to be a match- and a match it was!
Giant Schnauzers came into his life!!!
Summer fun meant everything but staying home, hanging out with friends, going to a swimming pool, organizing basketball matches, throwing parties and making barbeques, but on that one specific day he just wasn’t in the mood enough to be a part of it. He stayed home, feeling somehow down. And then, the documentary about Schnauzers. It was like “wow”, what a perfect creatures, what a character…everything about them feelt right and it kept hanging in Rade’s mind. Nothing happens just by a chance and few days later, in some dog magazine he came across a fantastic article introducing the breed in more detail. The decision was made and Schnauzers will soon become an unseparable part of Rade’s life and leave an important mark on his private and professional life. Schnauzers will be those with whom he will learn the most and also the one that tought him almost all there is to be learned about dogs.
In 1984. the first Schnauzer comes to Rade’s home, wonderful girl called Abra, from an experienced and well-known breeder Mr.Bus Imre, Backa Topola, Serbia. Abra was an energetic, outgoing girl, a fantastic companion, a true beauty and one could not decide whether she was more beautiful in body or was it her character and the brains that appealed more. So, why not trying going to a few shows letting this beauty to be seen. No big expectations, more like meeting other breed lovers for knowledge and experience sharing, to be up-to-date with what is going on in Schnauzer world and above all, having fun and enjoying time with Abra. At that time CACIB Novi Sad, Serbia, was one of the most prestigious international dog shows in Ex-Yugoslavia and Schnauzers were so many that they had to be judged in two separated rings, one for females and one for males. And what did Abra do in such a strong competition, she wins JCAC and BOB at age of only 9 months. Huge success that will soon after be repeated at prestigious CACIB Belgrade, also in a remarkably strong competition. There was no doubt- she definitely was a stunner!
In 1986. another amazing girl joined us, Thera od Onixa, coming from Croatia. Thera was unique in her own specific way, a wild beauty with a challenging but positive character. Still remember her stubbornness and strong determination to pursue her own will. She required extra training and once the puberty phase was over, Thera grow into a great caring and loving life companion.
Led by ultimate love for Schnauzers, enthusiasm and a will to go forward and keep improving the breed, he soon makes contact with a few famous and the most important breeders in Schnauzer world.
Three gorgeous boys will soon be imported from a kennel Vom Schwarzen Skorpion, Germany, and by this, even though it was 30 years ago, we want to express our endless gratitude to a dear friend and kennel owner Mrs.Brigitte Schultz for trusting us her precious boys.
Those were amazing dogs, they were a typical representatives of the breed, all three having excellent pedigrees and other features qua body and character which made them absolutely perfect show dogs, great family companions and simply our heart dogs and best friends.
In 1987. first came Benjamin Vom Schwarzen Skorpion- having all what is needed for a perfect combination, beauty, temper, intelligence, he was a gorgeous representative of his breed with a typical working dog character. Among many great titles he had, let us mention the most important ones- VDH Champion, German Champion, German Club Sieger.
In 1988. Feger Vom Schwarzen Skorpion, called Flash, joined us in our home. Flash was also proudly in possession of a few great titles himself- Club Sieger of Hungary, Austrian Bundessieger and multiple Yugoslavian Champion. A great dog, a true beauty, showing off was one of his main characteristics while in ring as if he was perfectly aware of his beauty, but in a ”private” life he was less neat and was always the one who would come up with many mischievous ideas.
In 1989. came Falc vom Schwarzen Skorpion, another young perfection, a rising star whose quality will specially be recognized and awarded at the World Dog Show in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 1989. when he became Junior Vice World Winner (Vice Welt Jugend Sieger) among many fantastic competitors.
During all those fantastic years, bonded together with a mutual love for breed, we made a solid foundation for a great friendship and achieved a successful cooperation with two most important German kennels in the world of Giant Schnauzers, Vom Schwarzen Skorpion kennel and Von Der Hohen Ward kennel, but also with one of the most famous Hungarian kennels, V.D.Lederhecke and many successful and respectable ex-Yu breeders.
When it comes to ex-Yu Giant Schnauzer scene at that time, it would be a sin not to mention a dear friend, a huge breed lover and the greatest poet in a dog world, an expert, experienced breeder, an enthusiast, a pioneer with whom during the ‘80s I had learned so much on our road trips, exhibitions, endless consultations. It was a time with no internet and no online sources where you can easily find abundance of information, it was a time of printed dog magazines where you could learn more. Still remember the excitement whenever the postman would bring “Pincher Schnauzer” magazine to our door. Dear, Branko, thank you so much for your support, keep up doing such an amazing job with your wonderful Robo Canis kennel Schnauzers! We are happy and honored to be able to have you as a friend all these years!
On 13th February 1987. Od Semberije kennel becomes a member of Federation Cynologique Internationale FCI under the number 2175/87. Kennel’s name is translated as “of/from Semberije” and is a name of geographical region where we live, situated between two rivers Drina and Sava and the mountain Majevica.
Great times, great dogs, great memories! Everything seemed to be more than perfect but soon it will all change dramatically. The sad and horrible events at the beginning of ‘90s made a huge change in lives of all Yugoslavia citizens, the country soon fell apart, the war started but also many more bad things it brings along with it.
Uncertainty, sanctions, recruiting, a fear of possible moving and many other things, forced us to make a difficult but only reasonable decision at that moment- dogs had to be taken care of as soon as possible and we had to find the best possible homes for them. Hard times and even harder the fact than soon we will have to say our dogs goodbye. Even in the worst nighmares we couldn’t have ever imagined having been forced to make such decision but there was no other option. Luckily enough and thanks to many great friends from the dog world, all of them found perfect new homes with experienced and loving new families outside Yugoslavia.
Life without dogs was not easy, it was empty and didn’t felt right. It was unbearable as if somehow a huge part of our hearts was ripped off. As soon as all conditions were fulfilled and our lives got back to normal, a new dog joined us in our home, a Belgian Shepherd Malinois girl. What a joy and happiness, we were thrilled overwhelmed, completely in love. She was given a name Abra, in loving memory of our late girl. Abra was a fire girl with a positively explosive temper, always on the move, unstoppable, playing all the time, jumping over the fence was one of her favorite things and no matter how long one walked with her in the woods, she would come back home as energetic as if she had rested for hours. But there was one special moment when she would stop and calm down, a time for hugging. Abra was an amazing girl from who we learnt a lot, a challenging shepherd, dog with attitude and ultimate devotion to us, the one who would look you straight in the eyes and make you think she will start talking any moment. Abra died at age of 10 due to a cancer.
Next one joined us completely unplanned, she took us by surprise and thank heaven for that cute little puppy smile that made us head over heels. We went to visit a friend who has Labradors and had puppies at that time. It all happened fast, like in the movies, the moment Larisa saw her it was pretty clear, these two were meant for each other. So, we headed back home holding Maza in our arms! Maza brings only but laughter, happiness and joy in our lives from the very first moment she came to live with us and still today. She is an extremely active girl, still as energetic as when she was a puppy. Even today when she’s all grown up, she still has that irresistible cute smile on her face. Maza has a great and well-balanced character supported by amazing intelligence, she is a perfect dog in any sense and a perfect role-model for other dogs and puppies. No surprise that all whites are crazy about her and enjoy spending time, chasing and playing with her. Maza is just as crazy about them too only she has to be the first to catch the ball, the first to get a snack, the first to get hugs, well at least she keeps trying as it is not always easy to cope with a big pack of White Swiss Shepherd. Agile and mischievous as she is, she simply enjoys the white pack and together they invent different tricks, discover practical and less practical ways of jumping over the fence, endless ways of escaping the playground area and how to be as much crazy about water as possible. We would actually call it “partner in crime” cooperation to a mutual satisfaction and pleasure of all sides involved! Maza is a cheerful Labrador with a “touch” of the irresistible White Swiss Shepherd charm!