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Family • Photo Restoration • 52 • Mamička • Farm

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• The first two years of middle school were hard on me. We learned about farming, agriculture, and how to work the land. But my studies had little to do with animals, and that demotivated me. I was immature and undisciplined. It also aggravated my teachers, and subsequently upset my mother. She frequently had to come to school to smooth things over. I was bored with sitting in class when all I wanted to do was be on the farm. By the third year I found my calling since we were finally allowed to spend time on the school’s farm. I loved to be around the horses. I befriended one of the shepherds and many of the farmers. I was in my element, but quickly learned that the horses were not bred for the aristocratic activities that I had imagined. Instead, once they were mature they were sold to co-ops for farm labor.

• One summer my father kept pestering my mother, asking why I was spending so much time on the farm. He didn’t know what I was doing, or even if I was lying about my whereabouts. Most teenagers my age spent their days at the city pool. I did as well, but then went to the farm in the afternoon. By this time my father had retired. My mother eventually had enough of his nagging and told him to go see for himself. So he dressed up elegantly and accompanied me on this one and only visit to the farm. It was the closest he had ever come to such a grassroots lifestyle. When we arrived he talked to the farm employees and I showed him how I taught a mare to kneel, rear up on her hind legs, and kick on command as I tickled her rump. He was amused and it satisfied his curiosity. Then he watched as I disappeared into the distance on my dappled horse. My father had an excellent sense of humor so it became a running joke, among family and friends, that his daughter was more interested in four legged animals than the two legged kind.

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 5 minutes 41 seconds

71.Dec - Bampton · Eva Dusil (gallbladder surgery)
71.Dec – Bampton · Eva Dusil (gallbladder surgery)
72.Jul - Orlando · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Disney World)
72.Jul – Orlando · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Disney World)
78.Oct - Kitchener · Eva & Vaclav Dusil (Octoberfest)
78.Oct – Kitchener · Eva & Vaclav Dusil (Octoberfest)
74.Dec.24 - Burlington · Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (dinner)
74.Dec.24 – Burlington · Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (dinner)
74.Dec - Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (bedroom)
74.Dec – Burlington · Eva & Alica Dusil (bedroom)
73.Sep - Brampton · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (1st day of school)
73.Sep – Brampton · Gabriel & Eva Dusil (1st day of school)
73.Dec - Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Kwanas skating)
73.Dec – Burlington · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (Kwanas skating)
91 - Burlington · Karol, Inchy & Eva Dusil (guitar)
91 – Burlington · Karol, Inchy & Eva Dusil (guitar)
95.Dec.24 - Burlington · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
95.Dec.24 – Burlington · Gabriel, Eva & Alica Dusil (christmas)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (wedding ceremony)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Eva & Gabriel Dusil (wedding ceremony)

 


71.Dec - Bampton · Eva Dusil (gallbladder surgery, premiere pro)

Family • Photo Restoration • 33 • Mamička • Horses

• Story by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• When I was nine years old we went to visit my relatives in Košice. At the end of their huge garden were military barracks. Curiosity compelled me to climb a concrete wall hiding the surprise that was waiting for me on the other side. I saw what I adored the most – horses! Soldiers that were tending the sables came over and we began to chat. On subsequent visits I spent time with them as they maintained the stables. I soon became a regular visitor. The soldiers warned me that if an officer inquired of my present I should tell them I’m the daughter of a soldier from another barracks. They didn’t want to get into trouble.

• When my mother eventually found out, she was concerned that a young girl was among strange teenage military boys. It wasn’t appropriate. So when I turned eleven she decided to enroll me in the city’s equestrian club. My mother lied about my age since I needed to be at least twelve. The horses from the military barracks had since been sold to the Košice equestrian club, because that military division shut down. So I ended up riding the same horses.

• It was the summer of 1957, and in those days very few girls were riding. It was considered a man’s sport and I was one of only three girls. Being the youngest made it even harder. I was endlessly bullied and intimidated by the boys. Even today I wonder how I had the strength to stand up to them. The regiment of riding and taking care of horses was fierce, and was managed in a military fashion. Competition was relentless, and the trainers were very strict. My parents were at least content knowing where I was spending my afternoons. Nevertheless, I still had to be home by eight o’clock, or I’d be in trouble. Those years certainly taught me discipline.

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84 - Antigua · Eva Dusil (dinner)
84 – Antigua · Eva Dusil (dinner)
86 - Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeons)
86 – Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeons)
86 - Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeon attack)
86 – Venice · Eva Dusil (pigeon attack)
86 - Venice · Eva Dusil (menu)
86 – Venice · Eva Dusil (menu)
88.Oct.13 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading in library)
88.Oct.13 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading in library)
88.Oct.13 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)
88.Oct.13 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)
91 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (cooking)
91 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (cooking)
93.Oct.2 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (birthday candles)
93.Oct.2 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (birthday candles)
96 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)
96 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (reading)

84 - Antigua · Eva Dusil (dinner, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 25 • Mamička • University

• Introduction by Eva Dusil • Editing by Gabriel Dusil • 2014 November

• Those years were quite hard on me – frequently falling in and out of love, and ending up with a broken heart. I’d go skating in the winter with my friends. My oldest brother Csaba would chaperon me to Sunday afternoon tea dances. He was my confidante in matters of the heart. On Sunday evenings I would stroll downtown with my girlfriends and flirt with the boys. I was still horseback riding but by the time I reached the end of middle school my commitment in riding weakened as love interests occupied my time.

• In my teens, I didn’t apply myself. I graduated from middle school with slightly better than average grades. My next step was submitting my application to veterinary college. University education in my country was free and everyone had their own motivation. For me it was clear – I loved animals. But for others it was either parental pressure or they wanted to avoid military duty. Entering university was effective in postponing civil service – reduce it to only six months compared to a standard two year service. Getting into university was less about grades, and more contingent on who your father knew. The system was corrupt and everybody knew it. A consequence of this corruption was a lackadaisical attitude towards education. It wasn’t something that was openly discussed but we felt it subconsciously.

• With my father’s help I was accepted into the University of Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy in Košice. Although I had a passion for animals I also had to work the system to get accepted to university. From the moment I entered higher education my sloppy attitude towards studying ended. I was stimulated by my surroundings, and proud to be a university student. I attended lectures regularly, even though they weren’t compulsory. I loved anatomy and immensely enjoyed dissecting animals in the lab. I recall on many occasions leaving the lab with blood up to my elbows. I studied parts of the body thoroughly, and it never ceased to amaze me that every little bump, groove, or elevation had a Latin name. Latin was also one of our courses, and continues to be the foundation of communication in medicine. That also helped me when I later learned English. My favorite professor was František Hrudka. He taught Histology and made the subject fascinating – a characteristic that I can’t extend to the other professors. Another favorite of mine was the world famous anatomy professor, Peter Popesko, whose anatomical atlases were used in the University of Guelph. The education system in Czechoslovakia was very different from the West. Most exams were oral. If the professor was in a bad mood, or was having personal problems at the time, it would have an adverse affect on how he conducted the exam. If he had some reservations or personal dislikes towards you – because you didn’t attend his lectures – it would negatively reflect on your final mark – or he would just fail you. We were hostages to the emotional roller coaster and personal biases of our professors.

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• 7 minute 22 second

72 - Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
72 – Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
72.Jan - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, black lab)
72.Jan – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, black lab)
74.Jan - Oakville · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Trafalgar Animal Hospital surgery)
74.Jan – Oakville · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, Trafalgar Animal Hospital surgery)
74 - Burlington · Valeria, Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
74 – Burlington · Valeria, Stefan Kende & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
75 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 - Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75 – Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75.Jun - Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
75.Jun – Burlington · Vaclav & Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, examination)
78 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
78 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
79 - Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
79 – Burlington · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery)
89.Jul.7 - Burlington · Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)
89.Jul.7 – Burlington · Eva Dusil (Aldershot Animal Hospital)

72 - Brampton · Vaclav Dusil (Veterinarian, surgery, premiere pro)