In the immense and frozen Patagonia, José Antonio Kusanovic describes himself as "a rare species in extinction". He says he is not afraid to live alone. For three generations his family has subsisted on cattle ranching and farming in the Magallanes Region of Chile.
"Where the animals go, we go". This is how the rancher describes his life's work. And he doesn't do it alone, but with his shepherd dogs. In the beginning, they were herding dogs like the barbucho. An animal capable of guiding two thousand sheep on its own.
But other challenges also arose along the way, among them, predation. It was common for pumas and red foxes to visit the land to eat the livestock. How to achieve harmony between wildlife and human presence?
Patagonian ranchers resorted to hunting. José Antonio describes it as "a remedy to a disease," but it was not the cure. That changed when the Kusanovic-MacLeods found a solution: the breeding of livestock protection dogs, an unusual practice in South America. Since then, José Antonio has dedicated himself to the breeding and training of protection and herding dogs at his ranch in Colonia Isabel Riquelme, Puerto Natales.
"Between pampa, ice and shepherd dogs" explores the work of one of the many ranchers of the vast and silent Patagonia and his close relationship with sheepdogs.