Central Asian shepherd dogs – my experience and an interview with an expert on the breed

A Central Asian Shepherd, affectionately known as a lioness, checks out on her charges at Chopaan Guardians Home of the Central Asian Shepherd Dogs He may have died protecting his flock of sheep and the young shepherdess and now even his bones may have become part of the terrain he once had walked majestically. Our … Continue reading Central Asian shepherd dogs – my experience and an interview with an expert on the breed

5 More Books for Dogs and Adventure Lovers

Well, since I like hiking, nature study and photography in the company of my dog K2 and I love to read, I, had posted a list of my favorite books that I draw my inspiration from to keep me going. Here is my list of 5 additional books that combine my passion for all outdoor … Continue reading 5 More Books for Dogs and Adventure Lovers

Pictorial guide of 10 attractions in and around Boone, North Carolina for nature lovers

Why Boone? My family and I are neither adventure travelers nor tourists who appreciate crowded destinations. We take middle of the road approach instead. We tend to travel to observe culture, history and nature at destinations that are slightly off the beaten path. We researched and found Boone to fit our bill perfectly. Grandfather and … Continue reading Pictorial guide of 10 attractions in and around Boone, North Carolina for nature lovers

Ontario’s Trumpeter swans – why are they tagged and banded?

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?

Hiking with dog in Spring season – How to reconnect with nature and earth

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

Hiking with K2 and observing Mute swans

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

Why I love livestock guardian dogs and why I think you should too!

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!

Kuvasz – my personal experience with this livestock guardian dog breed

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

Hiking with my dog and observing winter waterfowl of Lake Ontario

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