Visiting one of the local Akaushi ranches was great!
It was incredibly cold yet again! The rain turned to snow and the snow turned to light hail as we rode to higher elevation. The Winter season was on its last legs but it was not holding back.
My eagerness to spend some time with the cattle outweighed my discomfort brought upon by the intense weather.
Upon our arrival, we were greeted by a Shiba Inu who stood in the middle of one of the two large stables.
This dog was found as a puppy, alone in the mountains a while back. Fortunately, he was taken in by the ranch caretaker. He now not only serves as a loving pet but also as a guard dog. His barking was unending. It subsided a little bit overtime…maybe he sensed our friendly intentions? His curiosity of us was obvious and his focus on us was strong as he paced back and forth between a dozen or so Akaushi. He was doing his job well.
Approaching the cattle was more difficult than expected. They were all very easily startled but with slow movement came successful attempts to pet them. Each pet was followed by a strong whiff of my scent and a lick on my hand. Their tongues were huge!
I’m planning to see more Akauishi very soon and I’ll be documenting my time spent among them with an old but new visual tool!