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CRASH!! jake 2

As I sit down to write this a bowl comes tumbling off the coffee table. A small price to pay for having a new puppy at Casal dei Fichi.

Although we went to the pound with the intention of re-homing a sad abandoned dog that would struggle to find a new owner we realised that the restrictions imposed by our business make taking on a dog with an unknown, and potentially troubled history meant that it wasn’t really possible.

Not that there wasn’t plenty of competition, like Mao the lame young retriever who had a paw caught in a hunter’s trap. In a country where dogs are often badly treated it was heartening to see that the nearby pound in Tolentino is clean and the dogs are well cared for with decent runs and caring staff and volunteers.

Since we couldn’t take all 200 home we settled on one. A 4 month old, predominantly border collie, with maybe a bit of spaniel. It is amazing how quickly he has settled in, sleeping all night in the spare bathroom, adapting almost immediately to the outdoor toilet routine, friendly with guests and curious, but gentle with the cats. Hattie is coming to terms with him but she makes it clear who is in charge. It looks as if he is going to fit in very well at Casal dei Fichi, another dog who has landed on his paws.

And as for the other 199 that we left behind, inspired by our friends Di and Ron, we hope to get involved with the pound and help out there so we can check on their progress. There was another black and white pup who we very nearly took as well, hopefully when we return she will have found a good home, if not she may be coming to rejoin her old mate Jake.

Now – where are my shoes???

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  • Patty and Rob Toombs  21/09/2015 at 14:48

    Jake has YET to know what a stroke of luck means! Being chosen to live with you 2 ( and guests) in your patch of paradise is SALVATION. Come on wonderful Hattie, teach him the ropes and keep him in your heart. He is a cutie, and we can’t wait to meet him toooooooooo. CONGRATUALTIONS!

  • Elise  21/09/2015 at 12:49

    I can feel the mood from here. Puppy love!

  • Cynthia Maragna  21/09/2015 at 12:44

    Lovely! A superb addition to your family – complimenti! He will have a great life at Casal dei Fichi! Enjoy!

  • Kieron  21/09/2015 at 10:57

    4 toes? Sarah and Isabelle will be overjoyed to see the pictures.

  • Anne Nicholas  21/09/2015 at 10:56

    Aah beautiful Jake I can’t wait to meet you! You are a very lucky dog and you are going to have a fab life with your new family!

  • Lynn & Mike Mainwaring  21/09/2015 at 09:58

    He looks adorable I’m sure he has landed on his paws with the two of you. Our two cocker spaniels are loving and good until they corner a pigeon in the greenhouse then look out!!! Haha. Enjoy your new arrival or will it be two??!! Lynn N Mike x


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