Please enjoy some shots of individuals and mated pairs of Trumpeter swans, which I took while hiking with K2, the great white Kuvasz, in Hendrie Valley Wildlife Sanctuary and LaSalle Park in Burlington and in Lakefront Promenade Park in Mississauga. These big birds can fly What are those tags for? There are more than 1,000 … Continue reading Ontario’s Trumpeter swans – why are they tagged and banded?
K2, our Great White Kuvasz boy, in the lead as usual, my nephew, son, and I were hiking on the Bruce Trail in the Bruce Peninsula on a pleasantly cool early spring day that gave us some dusting of snow. The trail was over a rocky ground with forest growing on one side and a … Continue reading Hiking with dog in Spring season – How to reconnect with nature and earth
Aah those Mute swans! They are invasive and aggressive, but Majestic. They are not afraid of humans and even our big dog, who comes from a livestock guardian dogs breed. K2 and I took these shots in LaSalle Park in Burlington; Bronte Creek in Oakville; Rhododendron Gardens in Mississauga; and Col Samuel Smith Park and … Continue reading Hiking with K2 and observing Mute swans
Heads up: This article may not be to the taste of those who propound LGD use for the specific purpose of livestock protection only. Kuvasz dogs like this one at Red Moon Acres Farm protect goats and homestead against coyotes, wolves, cougars, and bobcats K2, the Great white Kuvasz and a livestock guardian dog (LGD) … Continue reading Why I love livestock guardian dogs and why I think you should too!
K2, the Great White, exploring frozen creek It was a bone chilling -17 C (1.4 F) at 6 am in the morning. I was bundled up well, but treacherous wind was assaulting me through the only exposed part of my body – my face. My eyes were watery. The mentally disconcerting sound of howling wind … Continue reading Kuvasz – my personal experience with this livestock guardian dog breed
A mute swan flies low over the frozen Lake Ontario K2, the Great White Kuvasz, with his backpack carrying kibble, water bottles, treats, poop bags, extra leash and some of my stuff, all in all about 20 pounds, and I, with my backpack that carried winter hiking gear plus my camera and paraphernalia, set out … Continue reading Hiking with my dog and observing winter waterfowl of Lake Ontario
It was a second instance where I was observing a group of school going kids visiting a tourist destination under the supervision of their teachers. No it was not Canada, USA, any European country, or a developed Asian country like Malaysia. This was at a historic fort in Pakistan, a country that was written off … Continue reading A Pictorial Guide – My Trip to Pakistan for Exploring Off the Beaten Path Attractions
A cougar is more than a match for a single medium, large, or even a giant size dog Austin Forman, 11 years old, was hauling firewood in his backyard on the weekend, when his golden retriever, Angel, began acting weirdly. Father of the boy was watching both of them. This behaviour explained itself when a … Continue reading What type of dogs to have if you live in the land of big carnivores
Dogs have better hearing and smelling capabilities than humans. Here, K2 gets suspicious of something or someone on the trail ahead K2, the two and a half year old Hungarian Kuvasz, and I were watching Credit River freezing rock solid right in front of our eyes during an early morning hike in February 2014. The … Continue reading Hiking with a dog in the winter season – how to connect with nature and with ghosts
Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton Just to let everybody know upfront that most of my articles are about forging a working partnership with humans' best friend. My Smith Magazine's Six-Word Memoir: Embracing diversity, outward bound, supporting causes. My life revolves around my family, … Continue reading The Journey Begins