Zumi suckles from Tessa

We were overjoyed to see this going on in the yard today. That little furball suckling from our dog is Zumi Zoom-Zoom, our newly adopted kitten. The dog is of course Tessa, our ciobanesc mioritic breed, sporting her summer look. She normally looks like this. With summer temperatures rising into the mid and upper 30s [...]

Meet Costache

This bright-eyed pup showed up on my grandmother's doorstep in Maramures this past Sunday morning. Although happy to get my attention, he was clearly suffering: he looked as if he hadn't had a decent meal in weeks, as his ribs were showing through the fur, and he was full of fleas. He had the outline [...]

Ted, a dog at 25

Ted is a dog of 25+ years who belongs to my wife's mother. He's been a guard dog all his life. I first knew Ted in 2003, when I first visited my wife's home. Outwardly, he's looked the same since then, the way you see him in these photos, so I had no idea he [...]

How different dogs attack

This video from the National Geographic shows different breeds of modern dogs and how they attack their prey. Heavier dogs use their own body weight to bring you down, and lighter dogs build up momentum by running and jumping at you. The video also talks about bite strength and how head size affects it. Takeaway [...]

Wish I could do something about those dogs

There are two problems with dogs in Romania, as I see it: There are entirely too many stray dogs Most dog owners care little about their dogs' behavior Let me say first that I'm a dog lover, though my recent experiences here in Romania have cooled my enthusiasm for dogs significantly. Overall, it's been one [...]