Colonel John Blashford-Snell, a professional adventurer who made headlines in 2000 when he took a grand piano 560km along the Amazon River as a present for the Wai Wai tribe in Guyana, now intends to take an organ to the isolated Ojaki community.
The Colonel is hoping to explore what is thought to be the world’s most recent “Big Meteorite” impact site. This crater, with a diameter of 8 Km is an impressive subject for exploration.
But wait, there is more!
The intrepid and multi-skilled explorer also hopes to confirm the existence of the almost mythical Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound which was last reported in Bolivia in 1912 (or 1913, depending on the reference.)
Bella, a bitch with a double nose had four pups, all with the double nose. Sadly only one survived. The 10-month old puppy, Xingu, was born last year and named after the lost city being hunted down by the intrepid explorer Colonel Percy Fawcett – the man who first documented the existence of the double-nosed dogs – when he mysteriously disappeared just before the First World War.
This type of dog appears to have a greatly enhanced sense of smell, which is of interest for the detection of narcotics and mines.
Double nosed? Nah, not possible. It has to be a defect.
Not so as your dedicated Internet explorer has found.
It seems there is a breed of dog in Spain called the “Pancho Navarro”. It is thought that some of these dogs went to South America with the Conquistadores and became the Double-Nosed Andean Tiger Hound. The word tiger means jaguar in South America.
Yet this is not the only double nosed canine.
Turkey’s only native pointing breed is called çatalburun by the Turkish people because of the breed’s nose structure. The term “çatal” means fork and “burun” means nose.
The origin of these Turkish pointers that are being used by upland game hunters in Tarsus-Mersin region of Turkey are unknown. The most prominent feature of this dog is its split nose.
These dogs are short haired, with 50 cm height and 20-25 kg weight. They are not found outside of the Tarsus region of Turkey.
The hunters of Tarsus, who say that the sense of smell of these Çatalburun dogs is very strong, take care of these dogs because they are tame, obedient, lovable, learn to hunt quickly and because they take tremendous pleasure in hunting, but they have just started to learn that these dogs are unique to Tarsus and they are a special breed raised in Tarsus.
Once again I have gone right off the trail I set out upon. The transporting of an organ into the deepest depths of the Amazonian jungles. Instead I have been sidetracked. Again.
Double-nosed dogs are irresistible to a dedicated cryptozoologist such as I.
Up-dated, Aug 11, 2007 here.
24 Sept, 2007; Stacy from California has sent me photographs of her “Missy” whose parentage she is unsure of but, like everyone else, assumed there was Doberman in her background. Here are two pics of Missy.
So, do YOU have a story about a double-nosed canine? Let me know and I can include it here.