Not-my-dog, not a lover boy

Poor Papi. I thought he must be the Big Daddy of Laica’s pups, as they cohabit next door.

But Laica has had two pups, and my neighbour Emilia tells me that the father is clearly NOT Papi but my uphill neighbour’s dog Haiduc. One pup is white with black splodges – a bit of a giveaway…

As soon as I get some pix of the puppies, I’ll update you.

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Haiduc, the big beautiful boy up the hill

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Laica, new mum. Aboutthe same size as Haiduc, both Mioritic/Carpathian Shepherd mixes, so I bet their puppies are glorious…

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Lover boy is back

Papi, not-my-dog who vanished in the pursuit of love, eventually came back. He was beaten up, scarred and limping – presumably he’d been doing battle with younger, stronger dogs for the favours of whatever luscious girls they’d found in the village.

But he was home, he was alive, and has since recovered. Here he is, lounging in the sun at the end of this winter. Looking tiny besides Laica!

IMG_6771 - Version 2Now, in fact, he has his very own wife. Now adult, Laica has been on a chain for two years since she was only a few months old. She was released over Christmas, when I got the chance to tame this vicious biter (wouldn’t you be angry and ready to bite if you’d been on a chain 24/7 since your childhood?) with a couple of dog chews and some gentleness. She is a sweet dog, full of energy and enthusiasm, always hungry, always longing for love. And now, very pregnant… Papi is about to become a father. Watch this space…