Helen Hewson-Fruend

(24/06/1938 - 29/10/2007)

HELEN HEWSON-FRUEND was born in Benalla, Victoria, and raised on a farm in the nearby district of Barjarg. Stock dogs and other farm dogs were an integral part of her life. She was a student at the Universities of Melbourne and Sydney; majored in Botany gaining First Class Honours in genetics. Her PhD combined her interest in the taxonomy of plants together with their genetics.

While on a field trip in New Guinea she met Leon Fruend, and so began a more serious involvement with stock dogs. In 1969, they purchased their first Australian Cattle Dog Hardview Topflight for stock work on a property near Yass, New South Wales, and in 1970 Narango Skipper (Bos). With Bos, Helen began a show and pure-bred dog-world career.

Leon Fruend and Helen,
with Bos, Narango Skipper.

She decided to give the dog-world what she was best at, her knowledge of genetics combined with experience in education. She began writing and lecturing on the canine genetics and related subjects.

Leon's death left Her writings for the Pal Digest won for her the Pal Pulitzer Award for dog writing. Helen was unable to promote the Australian Cattle Dog successfully to the rural industry, so she discontinued the Freuson prefix and concentrated on breeding and exhibiting Hungarian Pulis under a new prefix, Pusztapuly.

In 1980, Helen gained her Working Dog Licence and began a judging career while actively pursuing her writing and education contribution to the pure-bred dog world. She became a member of the Dog Writers Association of America and in 1988 won an award for her article, Dingoes, Domestication and Delusion, published in the Pal Digest. Her writings for the Pal Digest also won for her the Pal Pulitzer Award for dog writing.

Helen went on to gain a Dog Judging Diploma with the Canine Studies Institute, UK. This led to her setting up Canine Evaluators of Australasia to run Canine Studies Institute correspondence courses (under licence) in the Australasian region. In this way, Helen helped numerous people to make a much more satisfying career for themselves in the dog world.