© Paws On Pointé

The stark outline of an exaggerated hound emerges from a rare shadow on the edge of the Sahara.  A sentinel, a hunter… free to roam but never far from his master; his service makes the difference between life and death in a landscape known to few and survived by less.

Azawakh.  Sighthound and guardian to the pastoral nomads of Tuareg, Fula and Hausa descent, in the Sahelian zone of Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, West Africa.  Not an ordinary dog breed, designed and dictated by the faddish command of modern recreation… but a landrace, moulded over millennia by this vast and unforgiving ecosystem, where even man must still bend to the will of nature, and only the most functional forms of life can endure.