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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 2)

Original fairy tale from Bosnia and Herzegovina

…  Several days passed after that and still both the king’s sons did not returned home.

By this time, the whole palace was brimming with anxiety over the disappearance of the two princes. 

And so it fell upon the youngest brother to seek the missing princes and to find out what had befallen them.

The young Prince had no sooner left the city walls when he encountered the same rabbit. He went at once after the rabbit. But when the rabbit fled into the cave, the young Prince did not follow. He turned around and proceeded to continue with the search for his brothers.

After many fruitless hours spent in the woods, the young Prince found himself near the vicinity of the cave again.

This time, the Prince entered the cave. To his surprise, he found an Old Woman cleaning the cave.

The Prince greeted the Old Woman politely and the Old Woman replied in kind.

He then asked the Old Woman if she had notice a rabbit entering the cave.

The Old Woman answered sadly that she did and informed him that it was not an ordinary rabbit but a dragon in its true form. She told him that the Dragon often transformed itself into a rabbit to lure people into his cave.

Many had fallen to the Dragon’s clutches in this very same way and so she mournfully advised the young Prince to be on his way.

The Prince explained that he was looking for his brothers and that he would not leave without knowing what had befallen to his brethren.

Observing the Old Woman’s bleak countenance, he surmised aloud that she was held against her will to serve the Dragon.

The Old Woman acknowledged woefully that she was indeed taken at an early age from her family to serve the Dragon and had been enslaved to serve the Dragon ever since.

The Prince persuasively told the Old Woman that they could defeat the dragon but only if she would help him. The plan of how to destroy the Dragon would include ferreting out the information of where the Dragon would be most vulnerable, that is, the location where it hid its strength.

When the Dragon had entrusted its great secret with her, the Old Woman was to show her elation by embracing the very spot and kiss it. The Prince said that he will return to find out what happened  and thereafter he took his leave.

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