Puppy Love – our rescue pup

At the end of August last year, I started looking for another pup to join our family. I looked everywhere online, all the rescue places that were close enough for me to visit, to no avail. Then I happened upon Balkan Underdogs, a charity who rescue dogs in Serbia, and arrange for them to be rehomed all over Europe. I looked and looked and looked – there are SO many beautiful babies there needing a home – and there she was.

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Β This tiny, scared little 2 month old puppy who’d just been found earlier that week.

There began our journey to get little Mishka over to us here in Scotland.
After a thorough home-visit and many forms filled in and emailed to the people in charge, Mishka was reserved for us.
Now the wait began!
It took another 6 weeks for her to be old enough to be able to travel. She’d had all her shots and had her passport. I had paid for her travel, and she was on her way.

5 days later, on October 6th 2013, she finally arrived!

Mishka is all tuckered out after having a great explore of the garden and house! :) #newpuppy #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram

Of course she was absolutely shattered, and was so scared, bless her. She couldn’t quite close her eyes until Zack lay down beside her. <3

I think we have a new duo in the house! <3 #dogsofinstagram #dogstagram #puppy #pupsofinstagram

It took a few days for Kenzi to get used to her. This was a big step, them both sleeping so close together!

My girls out for the count <3 #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #newpuppy #pupsofinstagram #puppy

At first Kenzi wouldn’t cosy up with her. I can understand that – you can’t just expect them to be fast friends *straight* away, right?

Curled up and fast asleep <3 #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppy #newpuppy #mygirls #rescuepuppy

Mishka adores being out in the garden! She got used to the back door being open to her disposal… not so handy in the middle of winter now though!

Mishka loves the garden <3 #rescuepuppy #puppy #balkanunderdogs #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram

Slowly they started to sleep closer together…

Out for the count! #newpuppy #puppy #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #balkanunderdogs

And Mishka’s cheeky side started to come out… she likes to steal my seat! You’d almost think Kenzi was waiting for her to get told off…?

Who's been sitting in my seat?!!

She was such a teensy wee thing, and that tongue still sticks out these days whenever she’s in a deep sleep.

Look at that wee tongue! <3 #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppy #pupsofinstagram #cute #adorable

And she loves going over to my friend’s house to see the rest of her pack…

Kenzi and Mishka with their wee friends <3 #yorkiemafia #yorkie #dogstagram #dogsofinstagram #puppy #pupsofinstagram #cute #love

Even Max has taken to her, calling her “funny dog” when she’s running around silly, and trying to catch her constantly-wagging tail.


After a few months, her full coat has started to come through, and with it her (crazy!) personality!

Mishka #puppy #rescue #cutiepie #dog

These days the two of them are constantly cosied up together when they fall asleep. Kenzi has also been known to put her paw over her new little sister to cuddle her in her sleep.

Sleepy girls... #dog #dogsofinatagram #dogstagram #puppy #rescuepup #yorkie

Mishka is a very cheeky, sly and funny wee thing. She’s *never* still for more than a few seconds when she sees me with a camera or my phone….

Mishka baby <3 #rescue #pup

She also loves the sound of her own voice, so we had to get her a wee anti-bark collar. It sprays some citronella in front of her face when she barks. It’s been a lifesaver! She’s not too keen on it though, bless her…

Mishka-baby says happy new year!

Did I mention that she has a sixth sense when it comes to photo opportunities? Even if she’s sound asleep, she’ll somehow wake up and jump about *just* before I’m about to take an adorable photo!

This puppy point blank refuses to stay still enough for me to take a photo! <3 #puppy #pupstagram #dog #dogstagram #dogsofinatagram #rescuepup

So that’s the story of our little Mishka. Born on the streets of Serbia, found by herself at 7 weeks old, in the aftermath of a storm.

And now she’s here, in Scottish paradise, with woodlands and trees in ten minutes any direction. She has a sister who pretends to be all sweetness and light but actually causes a lot of cheeky arguements over toys, and a family who adore her.

She’s HOME.

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  1. January 16, 2014 / 4:22 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous and what a story! She’s lucky to have found such a loving home πŸ™‚

    • Marylin
      January 17, 2014 / 8:11 am

      She is such a cutie… so glad we found her! <3

  2. Altijd-Lente
    January 16, 2014 / 4:54 pm

    Oh, this is sweet! It reminds me of Lente’s story, though he was definitely not a kitten when he was rescued.
    To see a lost animal become so happy warms your soul and overflows your heart.

    • Marylin
      January 17, 2014 / 8:12 am

      I completely agree. Every so often I look at her, and I look at Kenzi, and think just how lucky we are. πŸ™‚

  3. January 17, 2014 / 8:24 am

    Just so sweet, I could almost want to add a puppy to the madness of this house after reading this πŸ™‚

    • Marylin
      January 17, 2014 / 9:44 am

      It’s hard work but totally worth it! Now that things are settled for us that is. Kenzi was my own lil therapy pup in the year of hell that was 2012, but it was HARD! She was there for me to cling to and snuggle when Max was screaming and I couldn’t get him to stop, and she let me!Mishka is a totally different kettle of fish – she’s mental! Suits our family well, but omg the work we have to put into her, and she still only knows basic commands! Not because she can’t learn them, but because she doesn’t want to do what I ask! Cheeky wee minx! πŸ˜‰

  4. January 17, 2014 / 11:32 am

    Aww these photos are beautiful! That’s so great for the boys having dogs … My boy’s desperate for one but it’s not happening (or at least, not for a good while). Sounds like the newest addition to the family has settled in well!

    • Marylin
      January 19, 2014 / 8:11 pm

      It’s hard work for sure… I’m definitely not getting another one!! Not gonna lie though, they’re mostly for my benefit. We could never have a dog when I was a kid as both my parents worked full time, so it wouldn’t have been a good idea. We have two dogs and two cats. NO MORE PETS! πŸ˜‰

  5. January 20, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    What a sweet little darling. I love seeing photographic evidence of how she slowly adjusted to being a member of your family! Precious!
    I’m looking forward to getting to know you via the #SITSBlogging tribe building week!

    • Marylin
      January 20, 2014 / 4:03 pm

      Hi Shana, thanks for the visit! She’s our wee firecracker… I still can’t believe she travelled for 5 days to get to us. πŸ™‚

  6. January 20, 2014 / 5:31 pm

    We just love our dog, too! I wasn’t so sure about having a dog around, but I caved about three years ago. Now, I can’t imagine our home without him!
    So nice to meet you through the #SITSBlogging week!

    • Marylin
      January 20, 2014 / 5:33 pm

      Hi Kate! They’re definitely a lot of work, especially at first, but so worth it in the long run! πŸ™‚

  7. January 20, 2014 / 6:48 pm

    So cute! My little dog sleeps with her tongue sticking out too. I wonder why???

    • Marylin
      January 20, 2014 / 8:36 pm

      No idea, both mine do it! Maybe it’s to ensure we melt when we watch them sleeping? πŸ˜‰

  8. January 21, 2014 / 12:10 am

    Aww—So adorable! We are looking to add a dog to our family soon too and I can’t wait. Visiting from the SITS Tribe Challenge.

    • Marylin
      January 21, 2014 / 12:27 am

      Hi Aja! Thanks for stopping by. πŸ™‚ She’s a wee sweety, but a handful too!Enjoy the whole experience of gaining a doggy member of your family. πŸ™‚

  9. January 21, 2014 / 4:49 am

    I love that your dog has a passport! Mishka looks like she’s found her forever home and won the puppy lottery! Best wishes to you and all your family (the two and four legged ones!) I’m looking forward to meeting you through the Sits Tribal Building Challenge!

  10. January 21, 2014 / 7:53 am

    What a cutiepie! She is so adorable! She has been so lucky to find such a great home πŸ™‚
    Visiting from the SITS Tribe Building Challenge!

    • Marylin
      January 21, 2014 / 12:28 am

      We’re lucky to have found her! Thanks for popping in Trine. πŸ™‚

  11. January 21, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    What a lovely story – She is so cute! And very photogenic πŸ˜€

    • Marylin
      January 21, 2014 / 5:35 pm

      Thanks Karen, she’s my wee crazy heinz 57! πŸ˜‰

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