This is Recce. We named her after she completed her degree in raw forest recce with us.
Here's the story: A few farmland dogs were with us initially during the 4WD transfer to the starting point. Since they know the place well, they led the way, in front of the 4WD, till where we dropped off. The rest decided to go back where they came from and only this one made the decision to follow us.
Obviously, she did not know what she signed up for.
As we trekked along the logged roads planted with young durian shoots, she was the champion; she would be seen leading the way all the time. As we got nearer to the raw, like ferns and rattans, she would begin to hesitate. Once we bushwhacked the trail clear, she would pass and continue to go a distance before waiting for us ahead. We knew she needed fuel for energy so during breaks we fed her with the food that we have. Apparently, she was only game for meat-based food so would leave the bread alone. She was happy with Ba Chang. Water wasn't much an issue as she would take from any small pools of water along the way. Still bearing the energy and stamina, she continued to trek on with us. We would see her panting but in reality, we trekkers spent more time resting ourselves. At times, we believed she wouldn't be able to follow us as we approached the steep cliffs. We were worried. Somehow, we were proven wrong. Other than certain parts of the cliffs that we needed to use all four limbs and where she needed to be pushed and carried up (Khoo saw her trembling and shaking legs), the rest of her journey seemed to be okay and whereas we continued to question ourselves if she would make it in the end as she has reached the point of no return and at which point we promised ourselves we would bring her home to safety, back to the farmland. So, at every point of the way, as we bushwhacked our way out after having decided to cut short the recce (trans on steep trail isn't viable in the long run and we do not have enough ropes) and attempted to exit to the farmland - we made sure she is right behind - we also knew we have budgeted sufficiently the time to do that exit.
At the farmland near the gate, we joked. We noticed when there are more dogs from other farms approaching us, Recce would run off towards the back. So we deduced that if more men are coming towards us, we trekkers would run off behind Recce! Lol...
With the trip ended by the main road (and that was 9 km), it wasn't over when we thought it was. Recce remained stuck with us. We had to drag her into the car and transport her back to the farmland just before the messy terrain and we dropped her off right there. Her mind and spirit were with us; as the car moved she followed our direction. Shooing and stones thrown to divert her attention didn't work. She trailed us till the main road. Instead of driving across to the other side - we feared she will do exactly the same and gets knocked down - instead, Chee Leong drove parallel first and made the u-turn later. Good. She finally quit following!
What a canine that is "jung sam gan gan..." (loyal) - this one is even better than the Bujang Melaka, Gunung Cantik, Gunung Nuang and Bukit Tabur fellow dogs - this one has a degree in recce!