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


12 Comments Add yours

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

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

  2. Coombe Mill says:

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

    1. Thanks Fiona, the children have a ball there!

  3. dadbloguk says:

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

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

  4. What an amazing looking place to explore

    Thank you for linking up

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

  5. Tara says:

    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

    1. 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!

  6. Four Acorns says:

    Love the black & white shots. Really striking!

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

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