• English

Remembering Hattie

spider hattie

Always ready to jump in for an adventure

sub but


Hattie was the dog you expected to live for ever. As long as she was breathing her trademark curved plume of a tail would wag and her face seemed fixed in a happy smile. So we couldn’t believe it when just a week ago on her regular daily walk she fell victim to barbaric poison put down to kill foxes.



We know nothing of Hattie’s pedigree, the black and white markings and those soft pert ears which flopped over so endearingly, as well as her gentle disposition, suggested Border Collie. Though her size, feisty temperament and determination – particularly for digging in the wrong places – made us think she had some terrier in her, maybe Jack Russell.

tiny hattie

Showing off her trademark tail

As a 5 month cat and dogsold pup she soon got the measure of young Balzo making him pursue her in loops up and down walls until he lay exhausted. A huge fan of nuts she would take the fallen walnuts up to our apartment and cracking open the shell, leaving all of the detritus on Balzo’s bed. Though in later years when the big farm dogs would turn on blind Balzo she wouldn’t hesitate to defend him, chasing off the attackers and snapping at their legs. Now she lies alongside her old friend.

Less instinctively gregarious than Balzo, Hattie was a more loyal dog, and whilst happy to chat to the guests would return to us. After lunch it was almost impossible to sit on the sofa before she had jumped onto one of our laps for her afternoon cuddle. Though she did soon learn that guests mean scraps and she was often sat near the garden tables not actually scrounging but making it plain that if anything came her way it wouldn’t be wasted. Barbeques became a favourite of hers and if more than one was grilling she would run back and forth checking when the coals would be ready and a surplus sausage might go her way.

Wary at first of Jakes they soon bonded and Hattie enjoyed company on those longer walks which had been too much for Balzo in later years. Right up to the end she ran around with the agility of a goat and the speed of a greyhound, exhausting the young dog.


It wasn’t possible to look at Hattie and not smile, her cheeky face always looked so happy, now we have to rely on memories to make us smile. Luckily, like so many of our guests, we have plenty of those.


comments button

Recent Post

Bob Ian

Looking forward to 2024

As we  begin another New Year at Casal dei Fichi we first of all want to reassure everyone that we are still here in Italy,

Bob Ian

New Era for Casal dei Fichi

  After much soul searching, and with heavy hearts we have decided that the time for moving on from Casal dei Fichi is approaching. It

Write your Comments

8 Response Comments

  • Robin Shuckburgh  07/06/2016 at 18:30

    Sad story guys. I feel for you. Glad to hear everything else is thriving after all these years. Robin

  • Lisa Kramer Tarusclisathio  22/03/2016 at 09:48

    Did I already tell you that I think this is a lovely tribute? How we miss them! I miss Sara (who is in a good place with you guys, bless you) and my affectionate tomcat Billie who passed about 2 months ago. What can one do? Big hugs to you both.

  • John and Jane Jenkins  21/03/2016 at 17:45

    Heart breaking! We are so sorry to hear about Hattie. She was such a lovely, sweet natured dog. Take care. Love Jane and John

  • elise  20/03/2016 at 21:19

    Dear Hattie, rest in peace. Keep wagging that tail. Say hi to Balzo from us. XXX

  • Mark Peacock  20/03/2016 at 17:38

    Tragic, so tragic. Hattie was the first to greet us when we arrived at Casal dei Fichi eight years ago for teh very first time. Sad to think that she won’t be there as we drive down the track this July.

    xx Mark & Shelley

  • Cynthia & Antonio  19/03/2016 at 17:07

    So sorry to read the news about Hattie …. she was such a friendly, happy little dog. You must be very sad….but you, and indeed all who have holidayed with you, will have very happy memories. Take care. C&A

  • Alison and Ian dobson  19/03/2016 at 12:55

    So sorry to hear of Hattie’s sudden death! There will be big reunions in doggie heaven where Balzo we are sure will once more lead the way!
    We named our cat after Hattie’s she too is black and white!
    Take care both hope to visit again soon xx

  • John & John  19/03/2016 at 12:10

    Dear Ian & Bob, we are so upset to hear that news, especially the manner of her death. She was such a pretty, sweet natured and happy dog, and so much a part of holidaying with you. John & John xx


Leave A Comment

Please enter your name. Please enter an valid email address. Please enter a message.