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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  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 photoshopped 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 is 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!

A thirteenth century fairy tale …

13th Century Fairytale, illustrated by globalresidence.me

13th century fairy tale illustrated by globalresidence.me

Long, long ago, there lived a ruler in the (not so 😉 ) faraway kingdom of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

As a strong and wise ruler, he had everything that any man could ever want in his life, everything that is except for a child.

So one day, this king decided to adopt a child. However, he did not want just any child. Being a wise ruler, he wanted to adopt the most honest child he could find in the land.

There upon, he asked for all the children in the land to be brought before him. And to each child, he gave a seed. He told them that only the child who honestly worked hard at planting the given seed and grew the most beautiful flower will be adopted as his ward.

Many children in the land became very busy planting and soon buds began to appear in their flower pots. All except for one tiny child, who started crying because he could not see anything grow from his flower pot.

This child had been working very hard planting and watering the seed but nothing grew in his pot.

His mother wiped his tears gently away and told him to try again by putting it into another bigger pot. He tried again and again but to no avail.

Soon the king summoned all the children to bring their plants before him. All the children proudly showed him their beautiful and splendid flowers. All save the little boy, who was now sobbing very hard.

The king asked the boy why he was crying. The little boy trembled in fear, thinking he had failed in his task. He told the king fearfully that he had tried many times. He had also replanted the seed in different pots but  it still wouldn’t grow.

Smiling and holding the tiny hand of the little boy, the king led him gently to the front of the waiting crowd. He announced to them that this would be the chosen child. Everyone gasped in surprise and wondered.

The king explained that all the seeds given were cooked seeds and therefore could not have grown into plants and bear flowers. Thus, he had chosen the little boy  as the child he wanted to adopt.

All in the land wondered and rejoiced for having such a wise ruler. As for the little boy…. . Well, he grew up to be another wise and strong ruler.  Perhaps another story then…..

The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. – Dwight D Eisenhower

Ps- This story was passed down from generations to generations since 13th century and was recently written in the local language. Hope you enjoy my translation of this old tale. Wishing all a great week ahead. 🙂

A little note from …..

With this month being our 21st wedding anniversary, we would like to take this opportunity to thank many of you for giving us the opportunity to get to know you and for your tremendous support for this site.

Wishing all a wonderful Autumn! 🙂

 

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