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.
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.
So as it’s getting warmer the posts will be going slowly as when we are in the mountains hiking with the dogs I do not spend much time writing. We spen our time taking photos and having fun.
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.
I am noticing a recurring behavior lately.
Taking pictures of my dogs is beautiful and fun but. To get them to look at me for the pictures is difficult. I have decided that my boy just flatly disagrees with in on a whole.
I must admit it was my attitude aswell. Always loved photography but never liked being in photographs.
Now I selfie at lease once a week, I even pull a selfie video. This is how travelling changes a person. This introvert who left South African started not giving a shit.
Waiting for that time to come for my boy.
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.
So as the warmth comes back to the forests and the fields all the plants and animals come to life. As beautiful as this is, it brings a devil with it. Ticks.
If you are walking anywhere where there are alot of bushes and long grass please just lookout for these little buggers.
If you are in the mountains and eastern part of europe there is a greater reason to do so. TBEV is a viruse that is deadly and unstoppable, unpreventable(not to sure if this is the right spelling)
Please refer to the image for danger zones and please make sure to use plenty of tick repellent. I suggest looking at natural options as well as a tablet form. Obviously i am referring more so to the dogs safety but for you also. Look out.
Long pants and preferably a slippery material. Spray your legs with stinky stuff and keep your eyes peeled. They are found on the edges of paths and don’t usually go hier then 70cm. They sit and wait for passing animals.
They will usually go for the soft parts of your dogs so after each hike brush and check well.
Please guys and girls look out. They fortunately do not exceed the altitude of 1500m but just be careful.
Image reference and additional info