Daily Vlog: 40
One of the things that I love about travelling is you never know what or who you will meet. Every time I travel I meet new and inspirational people, I see beautiful places and I experiences magical things. Today I met my first Dreadlocked Tibetan Mastiff and its entrepreneurial Tibetan owner.
On our way to Gyatse we stopped off at this incredible lookout and there was a local Tibetan man with his giant Tibetan Mastiff. You could pose for photo’s with the dog, a unique business venture, for these now stranded Tibet people. The man was so intrigued with my hair and I seemed to hit it off with the dog as well, I even got a bit of a kiss from the giant Tibetan Mastiff.
The Tibetan Mastiff is not a true mastiff, early western visitors misnamed it along with several other local breeds, a better name for the dog would be Tibetan Mountain dog. The Tibetan Mastiff also known as Dok-Khyi which roughly translates to “nomad dog’” and “dog which may be kept”. It was traditionally a guardian dog to keep watch over the nomadic villages flock. This giant dog almost looked like he was standing guard over Tibet, grasping to what was left of his nomadic lifestyle. He was caring for his owner and his family, yes he was no longer keeping a watchful eye over his flock, he was now putting food on the tables of his Tibetan family.
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