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Do you know this dog ?

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Vitor Ferreira

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese central route -2017,2018
Caminho Francês - 2018-2021
Today, between Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Belorado, more precisely between Redecilla del Camino and Belorado we met this lady dog. Have anyone of you met her too ?
I am just asking for curiosity because i love animals. She followed us almost until Belorado,waiting for us when we lag behind. She is probably used to follow other pilgrims as well.

So you have met her ? :)
 

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Vitor Ferreira

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Portuguese central route -2017,2018
Caminho Francês - 2018-2021
It must be the friendly dog stage! We also did Santo Domingo to Belorado today. We didn’t meet your pup but these critters were the welcoming committee for my daughter in Castildelgado.

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Nice to know ! It was actually before Castildelgado that we met her ;) and i also met the dark coloured dog in the photo, it was barking to her :)
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
This has happened to me too. Back in 2003 we were accompanied by a German Shepherd all the way to Castrojeriz. We tried to shoo him away but to no avail and got quite worried until we were told he did it every day - picked on some pilgrims and "guide" them. His owner would drive up to Castrojeriz every evening and collect him.
Anybody else remember Bruno Bernie? Sadly somebody put out poisoned meat (presumably for stray dogs) and he died.

Edit: memories are strange things - his name was Bernie and he live in Castrojeriz (according to my journal)
 
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jmcarp

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances, 2013
Camino del Norte a Chimayó (USA), 2015
Camino Portugues, 2017
I'm sure some kindly, dog-loving pilgrim gave him or her a treat or two, thereby reinforcing in the dog's mind that all pilgrims are good for a tasty treat. Just like Pavlov's bell.
 

Jo Jo 1

Jo Jo
Camino(s) past & future
2012
2013
(2017)
Today, between Santo Domingo de la Calzada and Belorado, more precisely between Redecilla del Camino and Belorado we met this lady dog. Have anyone of you met her too ?
I am just asking for curiosity because i love animals. She followed us almost until Belorado,waiting for us when we lag behind. She is probably used to follow other pilgrims as well.

So you have met her ? :)
Yes followed us in theLe Puy walk. His legs mst be getting shorter Jojo
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances & to Finisterre (2009), Camino Podiensis (2011), Aussie Camino (2018)
Note for Jeff Crawley.
In 2002 my daughter and her companion were honoured to accompany Bernie for the day. Here's an excerpt from her diary.
After sleeping very well we walked for 9km to the next town for breakfast. It was a fantastic little bar in Castrojeriz. It had the yummiest tortilla in Espana, funky Latino music, internet and best of all, a very fine pooch. I saw this German Shepherd sitting outside the back door shivering and I said to the owner that he looked cold. The owner let him in and he was so friendly, he ran around very excited and we had a great time playing with him. The owner showed me pictures of this dog, Bernie, in a book about the Camino, Bernie was famous! Apparently he walks along the Camino with pilgrims quite often. We thought the owner was telling us we could take Bernie to Boadilla and he would come by later in his car and pick him up. We couldn’t believe our luck, after jokingly asking people if we could take their dog with us, finally we could! The owner gave us two apples for our walk and said hasta luego. Off we went with Bernie in tow. We were so lucky to have him, we weren’t paying attention to where we were going and Bernie would patiently wait at the turn off. We threw sticks which he would chase happily and bring back. We walked through a small town, Itero del Castello, where lots of old men knew Bernie and stopped to chat. We discovered that Bernie didn’t walk the Camino every day so we felt extra special.
The next small town, Itero de la Vega, was an option to stay at. My feet and legs were hurting me so I felt like stopping but the place was horrible. There was one bar that didn’t serve food and the atmosphere was very hostile, the only shop that sold anything was closed and didn’t open for an hour and a half. I was positive that the friendly man who kept telling us when the shop opened actually owned the place and felt like asking him if he could open up just for us. We left town and trudged another 8.4km to Boadilla. I was pretty much in a lot of pain so for the first time, after many offers, I swapped packs with Maggie. It was amazing how much easier it was to walk without a bag hanging down against my bum.
To our delight, the hostel in Boadilla was lovely. We rocked up with Bernie and his owner was already there. I think he’d been waiting a while due to his jolly nature and glass in hand. He ushered us in, sat us down and bought us a drink. Forget sangria, forget tinto de verano, I have found my favourite Spanish drink – pacharan. You drink it in a tall glass with ice or in shot form. It has anise, which I don’t normally like but this is yummy. It instantly warmed our insides and made us relaxed. We were extremely sorry to say goodbye to Bernie but we felt so privileged to have been the ‘chosen ones’ for that day.
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
Note for Jeff Crawley.
In 2002 my daughter and her companion were honoured to accompany Bernie for the day. Here's an excerpt from her diary.
After sleeping very well we walked for 9km to the next town for breakfast. It was a fantastic little bar in Castrojeriz. It had the yummiest tortilla in Espana, funky Latino music, internet and best of all, a very fine pooch. I saw this German Shepherd sitting outside the back door shivering and I said to the owner that he looked cold. The owner let him in and he was so friendly, he ran around very excited and we had a great time playing with him. The owner showed me pictures of this dog, Bernie, in a book about the Camino, Bernie was famous! Apparently he walks along the Camino with pilgrims quite often. We thought the owner was telling us we could take Bernie to Boadilla and he would come by later in his car and pick him up. We couldn’t believe our luck, after jokingly asking people if we could take their dog with us, finally we could! The owner gave us two apples for our walk and said hasta luego. Off we went with Bernie in tow. We were so lucky to have him, we weren’t paying attention to where we were going and Bernie would patiently wait at the turn off. We threw sticks which he would chase happily and bring back. We walked through a small town, Itero del Castello, where lots of old men knew Bernie and stopped to chat. We discovered that Bernie didn’t walk the Camino every day so we felt extra special.
The next small town, Itero de la Vega, was an option to stay at. My feet and legs were hurting me so I felt like stopping but the place was horrible. There was one bar that didn’t serve food and the atmosphere was very hostile, the only shop that sold anything was closed and didn’t open for an hour and a half. I was positive that the friendly man who kept telling us when the shop opened actually owned the place and felt like asking him if he could open up just for us. We left town and trudged another 8.4km to Boadilla. I was pretty much in a lot of pain so for the first time, after many offers, I swapped packs with Maggie. It was amazing how much easier it was to walk without a bag hanging down against my bum.
To our delight, the hostel in Boadilla was lovely. We rocked up with Bernie and his owner was already there. I think he’d been waiting a while due to his jolly nature and glass in hand. He ushered us in, sat us down and bought us a drink. Forget sangria, forget tinto de verano, I have found my favourite Spanish drink – pacharan. You drink it in a tall glass with ice or in shot form. It has anise, which I don’t normally like but this is yummy. It instantly warmed our insides and made us relaxed. We were extremely sorry to say goodbye to Bernie but we felt so privileged to have been the ‘chosen ones’ for that day.
Thanks to you and your daughter for sharing the memory. Next time I sip a glass of pacharan I shall toast you both 🥃
 

Jeff Crawley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Currently on a "Virtual" Camino and striding out across Navarra!
I take it like the basques: in a small glass from the freezer, and likewise the liquid. Home made. Arriba, abajo, al centro, y a dentro...
To mis-quote: "I love the smell of warm pacharan in the morning . . . . it smells like . . . Galloways!"

(Apologies to the OP for the hijack of a splendid post)
 

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