On the trail from Nagarkot to Changu Narayan. Nepal, February 2012.
This is Roald, named so for her slightly vulpine appearance (yes, it’s contrived).
She joined us at a junction and walked along for several hours in that curious yet aloof manner that mountain strays have (after they’ve given up being friendly when they find out you’ve got no food).
I’m not sure how they knew (there was another one, he was golden), but they trotted off ahead of us at the junction, picking the right path, and leading the way. They’d run off ahead, then pause… looking back and waiting till we caught up, then run off ahead again… every so often disappearing to investigate a butterfly or a bush or some faint sound of doggie interest.
It was nice company to have.