Mowgli Adventures begins with the story of how we came into each other's lives. I have grown up always having a dog as part of the family but this was my first experience raising a puppy by myself. I have always felt a strong connection to dogs through their ancestors the wolf. Growing up in their habitat it was no wonder I came to value the loyalty, intelligence and the instinctual desire to be free these animals demonstrated. After careful consideration a moment appeared that a puppy with no home to stay in was in need of support and I was looking for a friend. The first time we met was in mid-June of 2015 in my driveway. 9 weeks old and seeing trees along with her future home for the first time, she quickly ran and played with me before dashing into the bush and squatting under the shelter of a pine tree barely fitting under the lowest branch. The name 'Mowgli' immediately flooding my naming curiosity. My favourite childhood movie 'The Jungle Book' mixed with her obvious comfort in nature started the chapter of 'Mowgli Adventures'. This desire for freedom quickly drew us closer together and often further apart as any potentially unexplored area still needs to be conquered. As she grew bigger and more confident the forest called her more frequently and farther in. It's the same passion I see in her as what draws me to reach out farther out of my comfort zone and explore more of the unknown. She taught me how to make yourself at home in nature and I teach her the dangers of the civilized world. The similarities between the two of us continue to grow as we learn more about the other. She reminds me that time spent outside is never wasted, and too much time inside drives us just as crazy. She has a spirit that can brighten the darkest path with the determination to get exactly what she wants while accepting the realities of things she can't change. Every experience with her from potty training to obedience school helped me to also grow as well in areas I hadn't opened yet. As we continue to be best friends the gratitude I feel with her being in my life gets more addicting to be apart of. Being able to share these memories with her is a joy I want to pass on with all of you.
Above is a video from her first swimming experience as a puppy.