An Unexpected Gift!

An Unexpected Gift!

One winter morning, while heading home after picking up our daughter after school, we saw a young couple giving away puppies on the main pavement street.

They were breeding dogs for competitions as a living and cross breeding accidentally happened between one of their brown Labrador and a Croatian Shepherd.

As they had already too many dogs, they sadly couldn’t keep these unexpected offspring. 6 cute adorable puppies in a brown paper carton near a couple of schools. You might wonder why they were not snapped up at once.

Despite the trend of many super cute dogs that sprang from crossbreeding, there are many others who would not adopt crossbreeds, considering Β impure breeds to be inferior. An archaic notion but nevertheless still exists.

If you have a child or remember what it’s like when you were a child, then you would understand the excitement exuding from my daughter! She wasn’t thinking about the pedigree of the puppies. She was just thinking about how adorable they were. What luck to find them! And for free! She knew that puppies for sale cost around couple of hundreds or even thousands.

My now 9 year old daughter had been wishing for a pet for the past 3 years. You must know that 3 years is equivalent to a time span of forever to a little girl.

Years ago, if you wanted something, you would cut out pictures of it and pin these pictures onto a board. Well, nowadays, my daughter just photoshoppedΒ pictures of herself with a dog. So pictures of her with a dog splashed across my Ipad’s photostream (digital album).

After several reminders from me that this is a living thing and not a toy. Therefore, she will have additional responsibilities with the caring of the puppy besides her schoolwork, etcetera. To all these, she solemnly agree.

My husband checked with the young couple about the breed and health history of the puppy’s parents. This is important when adopting any type of puppy, especially the health status of the puppy’s parents. In my humble opinion, this is more important than if its pedigree is pure or not.

We took one home, much to the delight of my daughter.

Well known shepherd dog, found in Herzegovinian part of Bosnia and Croatia.

Well known shepherd dog, found in Herzegovinian part of Bosnia and Croatia.

Well, it turned out that crossbreeding between the Labrador and the Croatian Shepherd was actually brilliant!

With the genes of the short haired Labrador and the medium/long length haired Croatian Shepherd, the puppy came to have fluffy soft fur. Neither long haired nor short haired, its soft very fluffy hair isΒ just perfect.

The puppy is already showing signs of having the characteristics of its parents, agility and gracefulness of the Croatian shepherd (See picture above. Love this, kind of reminds me of shepherd dog illustrated in old fairy tale books but I digress …) and the gentleness of the Labrador. It turned out to be an elegant beauty just like its parents and with its friendly playfulness, a wonderful addition to our family.

Puppy 1 month old

Puppy 1 month old

Puppy @ 4th month old.

Puppy @ 4th month old.

In the Herzegovinian (Southern) part of Bosnia, crossbreeds or mongrels are colloquially and sometimes affectionately referred to as “Kantoprevrtac”, literally translated which means (garbage) bin ransacker.

Around the world, where crossbreeds are accepted, they are called designer breeds.

But a century ago, Mark Twain already had the perfect definition.

A Composite Dog

Wishing all a great week ahead!

Posted on February 9, 2017, in Others and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. do you really believe, you had a chance not to get a dog, after the princess decided that she needed one?? πŸ˜‰

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  2. The puppy look adorable! I so agree with you about the health of their parents instead of pedigree. Actually, mixed breeds are much more healthy since degenerative occurences are less probable. Ours is a mixed breed too and I would not change anything about that ever: German shepherd/collie mix, she is pure joy every day. If I may give you an advice, you should monitor regularly your childrenΒ΄as well the dogΒ΄s behavior just to make sure nothing gets out of hand. Mistakes are done very easily, especially at the beginning. A firm hand helps, punishments are not needed, a dog just wants to be part of the pack and be recognized as such, this is all they strive for. And my personal touch in dog education is not to feed them the same thing every day, otherwise it encourages stealing other kinds of food from everywhere just to get something different from time to time. okay, this has been way too long, sorry for my long speech 😦 Wishing you and your family a lot of happiness and joy with your puppy and congratulations on your new family member! πŸ™‚

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  3. She’ll be so happy! πŸ™‚

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  4. I can imagine that your daughter is delighted! Cross breeds make great pets and they’re often healthier. Congrats on the new family member πŸ™‚

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    • Yes, she still is! Many thanks! Always a delight to have you passing by, D Wallace Peach. Definitely discovering that crossbreeds can become great pets. Though thoughts about pet pedigrees , progeny and crossbreeds never came to mind until we have this pet. Warmest regards to you & family.

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  5. How wonderful – what an adorable photo! We too “adopted” a cross breed via an acquaintance of a friend who didn’t want him. We have had our gorgeous boy now for the past 6 years and he has enriched our lives. He is also a cross breed – schnoodle (schnauzer/poodle cross) – I believe they are often healthier than pedigrees as the gene pool is spread out! Very best wishes with you new family member! πŸ™‚

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  6. What an adorable puppy! Hope he grows up well.

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  7. What a lovely puppy.

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  8. Such a beautiful puppy and a delightful gift and story. ❀

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  9. A very fortuitous find. No doubt your puppy has given you much joy and you have given it a good home.

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  10. Love this post. Have pinned it to my board. What a gorgeous new arrival to the family. I love the way your daughter visualised this perfect pet. Your quote ‘She wasn’t thinking about the pedigree of the puppy’ speaks volumes about modern day tolerance too. Thank you for this post. Happy Sunday.

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    • Many thanks for your kind wonderful comments. Indeed, knowing that you pinned my post definitely made my day and means a lot to me! πŸ˜˜πŸ’‹πŸ€—! Very glad to find out that you have recently produced a few more mini plays, my friend! The best of wishes to you and warmest regards.

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  11. Wow!! Such a sweet pup!

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  12. I Love animals ! They are very faithful, full of love, and happiness. Couldn’t imagine life without them.

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  13. I got my dog when I was ten, chocolate lab, and she was my best friend. Cannot thank my parents enough for bringing her into my life πŸ™‚

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  14. Awww, your new family member is adorable! And composite (heehee!) dogs are the best – the pedigree breeds sometimes suffer from horrible health problems, thanks to their “purity”. Here’s wishing you all a fun-filled spring!

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