This is another special edition of Rosyfinch Ramblings to update the situation after Sagua, our granddaughters' 7 year old pet Tibetan Mastiff died last week. (See: "Remembering Sagua") Their parents lost no time in finding a companion for her "brother" Agramonte, now 8 years old.
Our new "Grand-puppy" is named Siboney (pronounced see-BOH-neh). This is an Anglicized word which has its origin in "Ciboney" the name of a pre-Colonial indigenous population in Cuba. Following Spanish conquest they, and all Cuban native groups, had disappeared by the end of the 1500s. Our son-in-law is a Cuban native (born in Sagua La Grande), and their dogs have all had names of significance in Cuban history, shortened as follows: Maceo, a Doberman-Lab mix, Maximo, an American Mastiff, followed by Tibetan Mastiffs Agramonte, Sagua, and now Siboney.
While visiting the breeder, a litter of puppies surrounded the girls. They were black and tan just like Sagua:
Siboney is on the right, with two litter mates:
Siboney's Dad, Atilla the Hun:
Siboney's Mom, Kita Bear:
Welcoming Siboney to the family:
Doing what Tibetan Mastiffs do best:
Agramonte greeting Siboney. They played until Siboney just stopped to take a nap: