Valentino the Shepherd

We met Valentino when we were out for a walk with the boys, down at Rio Pesquera, near to the small village of Zagra, in the Granada Province of Andalucia, Spain.  We have explored this area quite a few times and keep going back because of the stunning scenery and a walk interesting enough to keep our two boys motivated; as getting a two and four year old walking at the same time and happy to do so, is no mean feat (read our tips here).

After a circular walk and a yummy picnic we bumped into Valentino, the local shepherd and his rather fluffy sheepdog.  With over 120 sheep and goats to tend the nine year old sheepdog looked quite spritely, in fact we thought the small collie was a puppy and rather younger than his true age.  After a chat and a quick pose for his photograph Valentino and his trusty dog went back to work, whilst we built a ship/raft/sledge/bridge from the graveyard of driftwood.

Boys Running by Topsy Turvy Tribe in Zagra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Valentino the Shepherd with sheepdog by Topsy Turvy Tribe B&W photo in Zagra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Valentino the Shepherd tending his flock with sheepdog by Topsy Turvy Tribe in Zagra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain

Daddy & Boys with Driftwood Raft B&W Photo by Topsy Turvy Tribe in Zagra, Granada, Andalucia, Spain


Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

Paul & Andrea ex-pats escaping the rat race with Chaos (aged 4) and Mayhem (aged 2) along for the adventure.

12 thoughts on “Valentino the Shepherd

    Victoria Welton

    (March 12, 2017 - 12:31 am)

    What a great adventure – I particularly like the last photo, the black and white really does it justice. #MySundayPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 12, 2017 - 8:15 pm)

      Thanks, sometimes photos just look better in B&W, I’m glad you agree that this one does!

    Coombe Mill

    (March 12, 2017 - 12:40 am)

    I love the first photo of the children running, it looks so beautiful and they look so care free.


    (March 12, 2017 - 6:06 am)

    What a lovely story. Fantastic landscape shots too, made all the better with the kids and Valentino (and you of course!). #MySundayPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 12, 2017 - 8:11 pm)

      Thank you, it’s such an interesting landscape and we love to meet the locals and explore!

    Darren Coleshill (@Photalife)

    (March 12, 2017 - 8:32 am)

    What an amazing looking place to explore

    Thank you for linking up

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 12, 2017 - 8:09 pm)

      Thanks for hosting and commenting. It is a stunning place and we find new and interesting things to explore there whenever we visit.


    (March 12, 2017 - 1:23 pm)

    Fabulous pics, as always. I really like the one of Valentino. I hope he gets to see it too, I don’t suppose he gets many of him at work 🙂 #MySundayPhoto

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 12, 2017 - 8:07 pm)

      We did show him on the camera after we took the photo, he was so pleased to be agreed, I think we’re made his day!

    Four Acorns

    (March 13, 2017 - 4:36 pm)

    Love the black & white shots. Really striking!

      Topsy Turvy Tribe

      (March 13, 2017 - 8:21 pm)

      Thanks, it was great to see him working his flock in such a striking location

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