As a native of Toronto, Canada, it comes as no surprise that Zak Cassar’s boyhood dream consisted of playing professional hockey. At the age of five, Zak’s father put a camera in Zak’s hands and began teaching him about the composition of photography. When he began seeing the beauty of the world through the lens of a camera, Zak’s dreams took on a whole new view. The magic he could create ignited a passion in Zak for still photography and began his love affair with the camera. Zak began his career in music photography; filming bands, concerts, live promotions and interviews. In 2010, Zak’s major breakthrough in film photography came in the role of “book photographer” for the TV mini-series. When Zak isn’t behind the camera, you will find him playing hockey or football, sailing, or focusing on the underwater world he has created in his salt water aquarium.
The Ukrainian Ovcharka, also called the South Russian Ovcharka, was first seen in the Ukraine during the 1800s as a livestock guard. The dog was said to have faithfully protected sheep from wolves, bears or even thieves. The breed gradually migrated into Russia where, due to its strong territorial instinct, it was used as a guard dog by the Army.
Although the exact roots of the breed are unclear, there are theories that this dog is a descendant of the Tibetan Mastiff. Another theory says that small sheepdogs were used to drive Merino sheep from Spain to the Ukraine, and later on these dogs crossed with local breeds. Whichever theory is true, today the breed is extremely rare outside of Ukraine and Russia.