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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!

“Not all treasure’s silver and gold, mate.” – Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirates of Caribbean

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For the past 2 months, my daughter’s been driving us crazy drumming the beat of the movie ‘Pirates of the Caribbean Theme song’ on any thing she could lay her hands. Her teacher had been teaching them the rhythm beat of this song in their music class.

My daughter loved it and so … 🙄

Ta-Ta Ta-Ta… Ta-Ta Ta-Ta… Ta-dum …. The beat echoed around on in the house, driving me and my husband round the bend.

Well if you can’t beat them, join them …. so voila!  🤔 While I was trying to think of the theme of her birthday party…..

This year, she celebrated together with her schoolmate as there was only a day difference.

Perhaps the sharing part made it extra special. They were excited about being part of helping me making the birthday cards and they had each other to share the excitement of their upcoming birthday event.

Pictures above says it all, don’t you think so?

Besides the quote above, I absolutely adore this other quote from this movie series for I think it to be so true in life.

‘The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Do you understand?” – Captain Jack Sparrow

I bid you good day! 💋

Lots of love …..

PS –

For those interested in the cake shop. Kindly click on the link below

https://globalresidence.me/2014/04/20/its-all-about-the-memories/

An original fairy tale … (Part 1)

An original fairy tale from Bosnia

 

There was once a king who had three sons.

The kingdom being surrounded by a bountiful and beautiful nature, it was no surprise that one of the favourite past times of the princes were hunting.

One day, the king’s eldest son went on a hunt.

With his faithful horse beside him, the prince was walking through the woods in search of animals when a wiry rabbit suddenly jumped from the bushes and onto the path in front of him. The rabbit turned and sped away quick as lightning. Without much ado, the prince jumped onto his horse and went after it immediately.

Weaving through the deep forest, the rabbit was always just a step ahead of the prince.

As dusk approach, the rabbit suddenly bolted into a cave amidst the dark forest. Happily thinking that he had the rabbit cornered, the prince went after the rabbit into the cave without hesitation. Instead of the rabbit in the cave, he found a mighty and fierce dragon …. and thus the eldest prince disappeared.

As days passed without the return of the eldest prince, the old monarch grew worried and so he sent his second son on a quest to search for the oldest prince.

While searching for his brother, a rabbit bounded in front of his path. With a wiggle of his bushy tail, the rabbit dashed away.

The second prince couldn’t resist giving chase after the rabbit.

The chase eventually ended with the rabbit slipping into the very same cave and so the second son shared the same fate as his brother.

End of Chapter 1

NB:

  • This fairytale was passed down from generations to generations verbally in Bosnia for about 300 years till it was first written down in its language about 300 to 4oo years ago.
  • One of the earlier English version of this story was written by Parker Fillmore in 1921, he made it clear that the stories that he collected and edited were not exact translations.
  • For the fairytales that globalresidence.me have collected and written in English, while in no way are exact translations too, still my husband and I have kept close to the details as much as possible to show the beauty of the Bosnian and Herzegovinian myriad cultures and values wrapped in these stories.
  • The picture above was taken on the mountain Rujiste. The rabbit incorporated into the pictures is typical of the types of rabbits found in this region. Mountains are not only great for winter activities but they are great during hot summers as the air is cooler. With unfamiliar territories, it is always a great idea to have a knowledgeable guide beside you.

Wishing all happy summer and a good day to all. 😎😄

 

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