I am in the Khumbu on expedition and have a brief rest in Namche Bazaar. I will have to continue blogs on the Tibet trip upon my return to Kathmandu but leave you with this:
Day 3 of our journey heading West across Tibet I saw the ultimate nomad. We were 2 to 3 hours by car from any village. The hills of Tibet stretched beyond the eye, endless. The ultimate nomad caught my eye between horizon and road side, just a black speck in a sand sea. Trotting with an air of confidence, a regal traveler with head held high, tail curled tight, and business to tend to. This nomad is the formidable Tibetan Mastiff. I would guess that the one I view now from the comfort of my car was 150 miles from the nearest Tibetan hovel. The breed is known to travel 3 to 5 days without food and water. They will fend off wolf to protect the nomadic family and fight to the death to keep the yak heard safe from snow leopard.
They also have a very lazy side. I have watched the breed for 10 years or more and often you will see them lounging in the hot sun on a high rock. I brought one from Nepal in 2004 and most of the day she lays and acts like we need to tend to her. When it is time to protect the house from the odd raccoon she becomes fierce.
Viewing this lone dog crossing the Tibetan plateau made me think about freedom, strength, and living without fear. If you have a chance look up the breed do so.