1 year and going strong

So it has officially been 1 year that my dogs and I have been travelling. Well I can tell you that it definitely didn’t go the way we planned but if has been perfect, we have had the most amazing times, met the most amazing people and seen the most amazing places. I am thankful for the people who have helped us with our travel and with our necessities. We are not done yet. Unfortunately travelling will still be done on an extremely low budget, but will be following the road that the wind guides us along. I stand here 12 months from the person I was, I can’t believe that that was me. Who I have become and what I have had to do has left me in a state of disbelief. From here we go forward. 

Importance of travel. 

So we all know the saying “travel makes you wise.”

Well why is this? 

I feel it is for a few reasons. The first is that it exposes you to many different cultures and many different traditions and mindsets. This is great for the main reason, you can select what you like and work to avoid what you don’t like. You colour in your likes and dislikes. 

For instance i love Germany for its care and interest in its people, they look after their people. I don’t like it as the people don’t interact with each other easily, they are scared and cold. I love italy as they are passionate and full of life, But the government and the church is killing the people and the earth that they live on.  Now before i experienced either, i loved italy and hated germany. Now i have a colourful reasoning to it. 

The second is your knowledge grows hugely. You meet people that know all sorts of strange things. Travel makes you interested and in return makes you interesting. I have learnt secrets of Sheppards and the ways of the mountains. I also learnt a lot about who i am and who i wish to be.

The third and final thing i will talk about is the confidence it gives you. There is no possibility to fear life when you travel. You need to work through all situations no matter how great your fear is. 

I will add that to do this all alone is key to the effectiveness but any travel is good travel. 

I recently wrote that without travel there is no purpose in life. I will stand by this till someone can give me a better reason.

I don’t stand up to lots I stand for one. Peace. 

So looking at Facebook this morning, sticking my nose once again. I sense fear. So i go look, wolves. I go yay and the town goes blood thirsty. Wolves are seen as the devil, coming in the night and killing. This is not the case unfortunately. 

Here is the problem explained by a very wise friend of mine. We will call this friend “Tree”. 

There is a greater reason to the problem. This reason makes our fear one of self. The people of the valley hunt a lot. They kill many animals, this leaving the ecosystem very unbalanced. We are having problems solving this imbalance. This is how the wolves are solving their imbalance. There is no food left for them in their habitats. We have taken it. They hungry they come and look for food. 

So this is not an act of greed on the wolves behalf, it’s an act of greed on our side. An act that needs to be let go. 

Now this is how we solve this. The wolves are not to blame. It’s the hunters that are to blame for the depleted food source for the wolves. And the hunters are only hunting because we buy their meat. Now I don’t say stop hunting, this would solve the problem but I realize that there is no hope at this happening. So this is my proposal. Hunters should pay an organization per kg of animal they kill. This money should go to breeding programs and compensation for livestock damage. This way we put a balance in the system. I can promise you that humans hunt more animals then the wolves come to our farms for. 

This is the only way we will have peaceful farmers, still do the pointless sport of hunting, and have wolves that keep our mountains alive.

Been thinking 

With regards to farming animals for meat. 

Why did we ever start killing them? Time kills everything and in the most peaceful way possible, if we would look after the animals and care for them. Let them live a full life in a good environment we would still have meat at the end. Death is a natural event, we make is come sooner then it should because we are greedy. 

I think farms should change to this way of life. Animals are only eaten when they die of old age. This also ensures that they are treated the best way possible. And sorry but your steak doesn’t need to be butter soft. 

Dealing with a sick dog

So this weekend was a crazy emotional roller coaster. Saturday was terrible weather here in Turin. Let the show begin, we were supposed to run 2 rounds with each dog and only did one. We were all wet by this time and called it a day. Went home and got warm and comfortable, not a bad day, the results of the competition; Altair 4th with a bar down. And Ksora was a rocket and missed her poles. I hurt my back and was freezing. Sunday morning, ready to rock the show today. Until, Altair started vomiting all his food up. Oh god!!! This is it, sick and dying dog, no show, and 80€ down the drain, the worst is the health of my dog, I couldn’t care less for the rest. 

So we walk and wait to see how he looks, by lunch we decided to go do the show and if he doesn’t get better then have a vet look at him. He vomited right before his class but thankfully vet was on scene and told us exactly what the problem is and that there is no need to worry.

If your dog is vomiting and you are worried go to a vet, if you feel it isn’t a danger then this is what we were told to do, no food and water for 24hrs, after that give them a anti nausea dose(for dogs) and then carry on as usual, let’s hope this works. 

So we ran had fun and it ended in a great result, Altair unfortunately had another bar down and got disqualified in agility but ran amazingly. Ksora rocked it and took 2nd place in agility, shocking the crowd.

Depression in dogs

So after one month of traveling I started seeing something wrong with my dogs. What it was, was never something I would have expected. 

Depression. Previously I knew they reacted to there environments but didn’t think it would have gone this bad. The whole story of dogs just being ok with you being there is not entirely true. You being there and happy makes it easier for them to adapt but they have their own feelings. 

I ended my plan very early, we left on a 12 month walk through the mountains and well month one was great and then we started to really move. Each night in a different house. Different families and people. This slowly got too much. Altair (my fragile boy) decided this is not making him happy and well being as close as I am to my dogs. I felt what he was going through. 

We took a 200€ emergency train ride back to family in Germany and after 2 days they were happy again. I went to the vet to make sure they have no physical problems or health issues. I was told that my dogs were some of the best kept and healthiest they have seen coming in. 

Getting home I wanted to get to the bottom of what the cause of this depression. 

Well my intellect of a friend, Google. Said there are many things that cause depression in dogs. Some are; loss of a family member(We have lost our whole family, left them all behind.), change in environment(only travelling every day so this is possible), change in food(it was impossible to find my food here and took 6 months before I go it again.), not having a place or consistency. I stopped here. It was obviously depression, just to have one of these is a possible cause for depression. We have them all. My poor dogs. So we needed to cancel all the plans we made and needed to start a new one. 

We apologized to all the people banking on us doing what we set out to do but for my dogs they all understood. 

Now that we have a home and a car they have come right. It was hard but we are still here in the mountains and still living as far from the society system as possible. 

We are living free. It brings its problems but also its gifts.

Culture

I find some things just amazing. Here in Italy we have our coffee shop/bar. Being South African my self and my dogs come and spend the morning having coffee and breakfast. The amount of people who rush in. Then in a state of peace, order a coffee(espresso) and drop one euro on the counter, take the slip and leave. Like a fuel station. 

We sit and watch as people come in and out. It is beautiful to see the way they react to this routine visit.