LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||07/JAN/2006 2:29 PM|
|Assunto:||stray - vira-lata|
I think Breno gave the best definition so far: stray dog.
A stray dog is a canine without an owner. Without anyone to take care of him, he eats and survives how he can. Isn't this a "vira-lata"?
A mutt or a mongrel, on the other hand, is merely a mixed breed, a dog "de raça não definida". Maybe he's a stray dog, probably he has an owner and a home.
My dog was a mongrel, a mutt. He wasn't a stray dog because he lived with me for ten years. His name was "Cujo", the title of a novel written by Stephen King about a dog with rabies. The name was my son't idea, not mine! He was a mixture of various breeds.
He was clearly retriever and labrador, but many people thought that they could see in him border collie and springer. He was incredibly sweet and intelligent. He learned to obey many commands, and he wanted so much to please me. The day he died, my heart was broken.
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