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.

More on TBE

So with the recent vomiting for no apparent reason episode in altair(my dog) we did some more in depth research on TBE(tick borne encephalitis). 

What I have learnt. 

TBE is not found/ rarely found above 1500m and likes humid and warm climates.

We are looking at a disease that is transmitted immediately on bit. So a lot of your prevention methods will not work as they kill the ticks after they have bitten. 

With your Lyme disease it needs abit more time and this give you a greater chance of prevention. 

We are not worried about this just yet. We are worried about TBE. But should we be? 

Well further studies(on the net) have said that Italy has a very low count of infections and non in the area that we are in. 

Below is a link to a great sight, it is based on human infection and not animal but I feel it is relative to one another. 


http://ecdc.europa.eu/en/healthtopics/emerging_and_vector-borne_diseases/tick_borne_diseases/tick_borne_encephalitis/country-profiles/Pages/TBE-Italy.aspx
We are righting this vomiting off as a bug that was picked up at a show. 24 hrs after the vomiting started it ended and all is looking better, still reluctant to eat but I don’t blame him. 

Competition time 

This weekend(5th march) is the first big show my dogs and I will be taking part in since we left South Africa in April last year. 

We will be doing agility and hopefully don’t make a fool of myself. When training dogs. If there is ever a mistake it is the trainer/owner and never the dog. Either you were not clear in giving the command or you didn’t do enough training. 

Dogs do only as much as you teach them. Being a trainer and competitor as well as a behaviorist I get many questions about why people’s dogs are so badly behaved. My first question is “what do you do with your dog?” 90% of the time the response is the same “nothing, there is no reason for the bad behavior” this is when I upset most people, “well you see that is the cause of the problem, you got a dog, you taught it nothing, now it acts like it knows how, and you don’t like it.” So how do we fix this problem, well work with the dog, walk with the dog, give the dog attention, “but this takes time and we don’t have time” well next time don’t get a dog. 

I work my dogs 2hrs per week on agility, I walk my dogs 4-10km per day, I never leave my dogs side. It my be obsessive but when I ask something they do it. Why do they do it? Well me being there every second of the day means when there is a danger I keep them safe, when one gets hurt I relieve the pain as fast as possible, when they are thirsty I give them water. All this builds a trust, they now work with me to keep me happy, they know that I work with them to keep them happy. You don’t do this give and take relationship you don’t get that relationship. Giving food and water is not a treat or reason for them to respect you, it’s a necessity for their survival. 

Waiting for summer

I came to Europe to experience winter. Well winter sux. Everything is just expensive and cold. Skiing costs a fortune, heating costs a fortune, clothes cost a fortune. 

My dogs and I have lived in a coffee shop the past 3 months and we are dying for summer to come so we can go the the mountains.