LES MONTAGNES SERBES
OD SRPSKIH PLANINA
from magazine Politikin Zabavnik from 31.03.1989
Text: Ivan Loncar
Dr Bojovic from the town of Djakovica visited his ex patient, whose life
he had saved on the remote part of Sara Mountain, the host, respecting
old tradition, asked the guest:
The death for the undecided
young Sarplaninac puppies, in their native environment, are subject of most
rigorous selection, exclusively based on the laws of nature, which means
that only the puppy which sustains fight with the severe nature will survive.
To survive, the young Sarplaninci must pass a severe and rigorous test.
When shepherds catch a wolf in the trap they tighten and hang the wolf on
a long wooden pole which they are carrying through the village from one
door to the other.
Helpless the wolf is pulling and screaming and by doing that it is teasing the dogs for which, as a matter of fact, is a kind of test. Sarplaninac dogs are angrily jumping on the beast and by that are showing their braveness and fearlessness. The one that appears undecided, cool or not enough brave are immediately killed by the owner in front of all the villagers.
Only the one that did not hesitate to attack it’s “blood enemy” stays alive. They will when reaching their maturity become irreplaceable guardians and faithful followers and defenders of their master.