Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Saturday, February 02, 2013

Scottie Westfall: An Introduction


My name is Scottie Westfall, and I already have an established blog, The Retriever, Dog, & Wildlife Blog, which I have been writing since July 2008.

I initially wrote it to promote some of my writings on another site, but I later found that the blog itself was of greater interest to most readers.

And I found that I loved exploring my many ideas about animals and natural history. It was a nice respite from my studies in political science.

Through my own blog, I have been able to develop my own writing style and make many good friends that I wouldn't otherwise meet. The pup in the above photo is "Pavel," a West Siberian laika that I helped a friend import into Canada this past September. Pavel was born in Eastern Kentucky to a Russian imported father, and I helped send him to a friend in Alberta. Right now, Pavel is running around the forests of Finland, chasing hazel grouse and Swedish vallhunds.

I grew up in the Allegheny Foothills in West Virginia on the same farm my grandparents owned. West Virginia is a remarkable place. Most of the land is no longer intensively farmed, and vast tracts of forest have sprung up where once there were cultivated fields and pastures.

I had the luck of growing up next to my grandparents, who were both children of the Great Depression. My grandfather's family relied upon the forest for much of their sustenance during that period, and he became quite knowledgeable about the ways of wild animals in this area.

From him, I received two gifts:

He taught me so much about the natural world that I know that many things I know now come solely from his tutelage.

And he taught me how to tell a good story.

Although my professional training is in the political economy, my love is always going to be nature and its creatures.

My own areas of focus are domestic dogs and the process through which they became domesticated from wolves, and I am, of course, very interested in wild canids.

I have written extensively about both wild and domestic canids, and I shall provide links for samples below:

I think this list gives you an idea of what sort of posts I write.

A few weeks ago Jon Downes invited me to contribute to this blog, and I was more than happy to join.

I thank Jon very much for this opportunity, and I look forward to posting new blog posts on here in the future.

Until then, feel free to have a look at my blog and the posts I've linked to here.

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