puppy eyes & puppy sighs

Not to inundate you with puppy posts (yes I am and I will continue to do so), but we’ve reached another milestone.

Yesterday, the puppies began to see the world: Puppies with open eyes

And this is how interested Stella is in all of this: Stella turning the other paw

I joke. She’s really a great mamma; she just obviously trusts her crazy human with the camera.

How’s Luna, you wonder?

What puppies?
Just fine, thanks, with a little help from Nana in the States. Thanks for the toys and treats Nana!

And while we’re on the puppy tip, go check out “Sighs of the Heart,” sent to me by Maryann of Finding La Dolce Vita. Too cute!

30 days of thanks

Today I am thankful for:

Having the opportunity to be a part of the puppy process and a doggie mommy in general, not only with Luna and Stella, but with all the dogs that have been in my life:

Missy: a white poodle mix that my mom tells me I used to try to ride like a pony (and she still never bit me!); loved spaghetti and often had an orange snout because of it; she is the reason I am named “Michelle” instead of “Melissa” in case you’re wondering;

Peco: (PEE-koh), Missy’s son, black with a white strip down his chest and a Michael Jackson glove on one of his front paws (Peco was born in 1984 or so); sweetheart of a dog that had a penchant for running away and coming back smelling like a “pujack” as my grandmother said; would get shaved at the start of every summer and looked about 5 pounds thinner; aka “Rosco P. Coltrane” or Pecorino;

Maverick: named after Tom Cruise’s character in Top Gun, this was the first dog that was really mine and truly my baby; a big galoot of a mutt, he was a German Shepard/Rottweiler mix and was really a gorgeous dog; he picked me out at the ASPCA, wouldn’t let me leave without him, and then slept on my lap in the car the whole half-hour home; aka Maverick-a-rony-ravy-doodle-noodle-bug, Rikki Tikki Tavi, or as my grandfather called him, Albert; I still dream about him;

Beau: my mom’s little yipper with an unfortunate underbite; greatly resembled Toto from The Wizard of Oz; was fond of ripping the mail that came through the slot in the door and tearing it to pieces; aka Beau Dog Beau;

Max: my brother and sister-in-law’s Chocolate Lab who was, without a doubt, the most gentle dog I’ve ever known in my life; loved swimming in the pool and a raggedy old rope-like thing; every time I see Ninotchka’s Charlie, my heart smiles for Maxwell Smart, as I called him;

Samson: my brother and sister-in-law’s hyperactive Yellow Lab with whom I spent much time chasing and disciplining and petting and cuddling during my three-month stay with them back in 2004; aka Sammy Doodle;

Arturo: a gentle, shaggy-haired golden mutt that I adopted here in the village; at this point, village knew I was different because I actually let him sleep in the house; his untimely demise led directly to P’s bringing Luna home to cheer me up.

Having animals in my life truly makes every day better–sometimes more stressful to be sure, but there’s always at least one moment each and every day that I am thankful for my pooches, and so very thankful that my family encouraged good relationships with animals from an early age.

I see so many children and adults here deathly afraid of even Luna and Stella because they were brought up to fear dogs; I find it so sad that they’ll never know that slobbery lick when they’re feeling down, that wagging tail greeting you like you’ve been gone for years, that wet nose nudged under your arm or hand pleading for petties.

I’m so thankful for my canine friends.

P.S. I love kitties too–hi Patches, Cleo, Bella, Matty, Opal, and Kudzu(cchini)
and remember I saved a kitten once!


[tags]dogs, puppies, nablopomo, 30 days of thanks[/tags]

58 Beans of Wisdom to “puppy eyes & puppy sighs”
  1. Giulia

    Awwwww, that is just too cute!!! It wont be long before they are tugging on each other’s ears and playing tug-o-war.

    Wow, you really have had a history with doggies. I owned a dog (german shepard) for 16 years and when he passed away I was devastated! πŸ™ I want to get a puppy for my girls so badly and I am a firm believer that doggies are better off inside. My german shepard was an outside dog. He HATED being inside. But, then I think about all the work involved and think twice about taking on that responsibility. Call me selfish, I guess. I just can’t take on that extra work. Cleaning up after the humans in my home is often times exhausting enough! I think about it often though, so maybe one day I will just cave in and get one.

    I’m glad the puppies are doing well. Do you have a video function on that new camera of yours? If so, you should take a vid of the puppies. I would love to see that! πŸ™‚

  2. sognatrice

    Giulia, I don’t think you’re being selfish at all–you’re being responsible. To me, having a pet is a lot like having children–if you have doubts that you’ll be committed to it, you shouldn’t do it. That said, as many with children know, that kind of commitment has a way of kicking in even when you thought you couldn’t do it…so if the love is there, you’ll probably be OK πŸ˜‰

    Yes, I can do videos, and I thought of it last night but then didn’t. Maybe one of these days when they’re doing something more fun than squirming and squealing (not that *that* isn’t fun to watch) πŸ˜‰

  3. Roam2Rome

    …my eyes are still set on Biancaneve!

    I’ve only had one dog, but she was a sweetie πŸ™‚ When she died in an accident it broke my heart, and I don’t know how you managed with so many canine friends in your life!

    Though I hope to have another pet some day…

  4. Wendy

    This just made my Monday morning. πŸ™‚

  5. alyndabear

    Trying not to get all squeeeeee-ish with the puppy pictures, because I adore them so much. I would keep them all if I could, lol.

  6. Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah)

    Aw, soooo cute!
    There is nothing better than sharing one’s life with a dog – or dogs! Or squirrels, or moles, or hamsters… πŸ™‚

  7. Judith in Umbria

    I am joining the Awwww contingent. I used to look at the listings on the rescue sites for Italy and I had to stop because they made me too depressed. Such stories of betrayal and cruelty.
    I probably will have a small dog when I move from the farm someday. Cats are lovely, but they won’t walk on a leash. They do walk with me, but each one has his/her own limit, where the cat will stop and cry until I get back there. Only one, now gone, would go the distance wherever I was headed.
    It’s a cultural divide. We don’t think of dogs as other. Many Italians do. Dogs denied a close relationship with a human become other, just as expected. It’s a bit different up here, where there are lots of friendly and loved dogs — but the others, too. From my experience, that follows somewhat a social divide. Not always, but generally.
    Do not send a puppy.

  8. My Melange

    Aw, they are adorable Sognatrice!!!!

  9. sognatrice

    Roamer, she’s definitely one of the biggest of the bunch–and yes, I’m pretty sure she’s a she now πŸ˜‰ Sorry about your doggie πŸ™

    Wendy, happy to oblige!

    Alyndabear, they’re squeeeee-ing enough for you, believe me πŸ˜‰

    AV & A, 100% agreed…I have a new pet announcement coming up soon πŸ˜‰

    Judith, you’re saying exactly what I was saying to P the other night about dogs becoming the other; same as people really…little/no socialization mixed with some abuse is always bad. I thought you needed to come down to Calabria anyway for some cooking info…a puppy would keep you company on the way home!

    Robin, thanks–and since I did absolutely nothing to make them that cute, I’ll let them know you said it πŸ˜‰

  10. Miss Scarlett

    Thank you so much for your comment! I love your blog and am always humbled when writers like yourself pop on by my little shack and say something nice:)
    I love your “30 Days of Thanks” idea…and all those puppies!!! Preciousness.

  11. jennifer

    My first dog was a black poodle mix named Missy, too.
    Hey- you just commented on my blog as I was commenting here… I love it when that happens!

  12. SUEB0B


    Any chance of posting video? I would love to see those tiny tails wagging.

  13. alexmom

    Oh My God…….they are soooooo cute!!!!Wish I could have seen themin person. Did you mention their size/weight? I lost a few days in transit.

  14. The Other Girl

    I’ve never had a dog, but I have a particular fondness for the little ugly scruffy ones that smile at you. Especially if they have underbites.

  15. Ambra Celeste

    Wow! They are getting so big now, and sooo cute! I love your tribute to canines today.

  16. sognatrice

    Miss Scarlett, well thank you, but we’re all just bloggers here, writing some stuff, cooking some stuff, taking some photos, and making wonderful connections as we go πŸ™‚

    Jennifer, I love when that happens too. Another Missy? Aw πŸ˜‰

    Sueb0b, hmmm, two video requests…maybe….

    Alexmom, no mention of size or weight yet. Stella wouldn’t let me touch them for the first 10 days or so, and now, hmm, we don’t have a scale. They’re bigger, though, if that helps πŸ˜‰

    The OG, you would’ve *loved* Beau. He probably wouldn’t growled at you, but you would’ve just loved him πŸ˜‰

    Ambra, yes they’re growing! Glad you enjoyed yet another puppy post πŸ˜‰

  17. Karina

    What a sweet, and timely, post. My brother just got a brand new puppy this weekend, and I spent the whole weekend hanging out with them. She’s a german sheppart/spitz mix, and is the sweetest thing. I’ll probably have a post and pictures up about her sometime this week.

    I was one of those kids who was afraid of dogs (mostly because I was bitten by one when I was 7), but just in the last 4 years or so have learned that I’m no longer afraid, and have completely fallen in love with several of my friends’ dogs. I want one for myself, but can’t have one in my current home, so I’ll live vicariously through my friends (and now my brother).

  18. Gill

    Oh those pups are too, too cute! We are a very “doggie” family and I could not imagine our lives without our canine family.

  19. Sara

    Hmmm, where have I seen that range of colors before? Where oh where? Could it be an espresso bar?

    white – latte
    caramelly colored – froth and foam
    mixed – macchiato and cappuccino
    dark – espresso, of course

  20. Sara

    In fact, I am hopelessly in love with the dark one with the white paw, such that if we lived there, even though my true love Does Not Want a dog (even though he likes dogs), he would not be able to prevent me from bringing him/her home and naming him/her Macchiato/a.

    The little white paw kills me, just kills me.

  21. Meg

    They are adorable. Thanks for sharing. It’s fun having puppies in the house. A couple of our dogs when I was growing up had litters, and it was lovely.
    Puppies are tiring, but so delicious. It seems as if you’re really enjoying it.

  22. Kathleen aka Coffee Mom

    They are getting cuter by the day!

  23. Deb R

    Aaaawww! There can never be too many puppy pics to suit me! πŸ™‚

  24. Janet

    oh, those pups are just so adorable!!! I used to do home care for the elderly, and two of my clients were from Italy; BOTH were petrified of dogs! Wonder why that is…

  25. The Passionate Palate

    I couldn’t agree more! Here’s to being thankful to our canine friends. The puppies are soooo adorable. You must want to cuddle with them all the time. How do you get any work done? πŸ˜‰

  26. smtwngrl

    I LOVE the puppy posts! And if I were so lucky as to live in Italy, I’d most definitely take one of those adorable little creatures off your hands. :o)

  27. Andrea

    Those are some darn cute puppies!! I have 2 cats and one chihuahua, named Mochachino. He is so cute. I took him for a walk this morning and just thought he was TOP DOG! He only weighs about 4 lbs but he walked that sidewalk like it was a Catwalk!

  28. Eryn

    oh my goodness the puppies are so INCREDIBLY adorable…if i were there i would have a huge distraction and wouldn’t be able to do anything else but coo over the bundles of puppy love.

    i enjoyed reading your homage to each dog that’s touched your life. i come from a family that treats their pets like siblings/daughters/aunts/uncles…..what have you πŸ™‚

    since i never got to see Saci as a puppy I can catch a glimpse of what she may have looked like through your little ones

    have you received interest in people wanting to adopt any of them in your town?

  29. Angela

    Oh my heavens, those puppies are absolutely adorable! And mamma is so funny sitting over there with her back to her babies!

  30. Frances

    I would be like home all day just sitting around playing with and taking pictures of puppies.
    They are sooooo cute.
    Sending a hug for each and every one of them.

  31. Audra

    I’ve never been lucky enough to have a doggie (I live in an apartment so it’s vietato!), but plently of my relatives have had some and I absolutely adore them.

    I am the cat queen, however.. hehe

  32. Tui

    Adorable! Animals add so much to a household, don’t they?

    Btw, I’m a fellow poodle aficionado. I grew up on a deadend street with 7 poodles on it, in fact, so I’ve known my share. Ours was the best, of course. πŸ˜‰

  33. Jen of A2eatwrite

    LOVE the pics! And their development is parallel to the bichon frise pups in Germany that I told you about. Enjoy!

  34. Debs

    What cute puppies. πŸ™‚

    I love my doggies and my cat.

  35. cheeky

    You can never inundate me with too many puppie posts. Any chance of sending me one of those little guys? Oh how I wish it were that simple.
    Luna is as lovely as ever.
    My dogs brought so much joy to my life. You could have the worst day and there they are waiting for you, as you said, as if they haven’t seen you in years. Makes whatever is wrong a lot better. It warms your heart. I miss cold noses. Talk about unconditional love. I think many miss out on the truly wonderful companionship a pet brings, especially a dog. It is really special bond.

  36. Shan

    Oh my they are so very cute!!

  37. Jeni

    Over 58 if of my 63 years, I’ve had quite a few dogs – Lady, Duffy, Cindy, Jingles, Harvey, Willie, Sheba, Cactus, Fred, Caesar and the last dog we had, this is terrible, but I can’t think of his name now! Maybe because he was sooo bad, sooo hard to train, my brain is sooo fried and won’t let me remember it! But of all those mutts, Duffy – my second dog -had him for six years -he died in 1963 -and I still cry thinking about him, just loved that mutt sooooooo much! He was the bestest dog ever – only dog who came close to being as great as he was would have been my son’s dog – a German Shepherd and Akita mix – who died very suddenly almost a year ago now. We had a big funeral for him in my son’s back yard and my son’s ex-live-in-girlfriend even came up from Gettysburg for the funeral -which was also a very sad occasion for all of us. Rough being part of a family that loves animals ya know! Now we only have to rotten cats – Gracie who is 16 and Nina who is about 8 months old now and badder than bad!

  38. Gil

    Can’t argue with the other posters – they are beautiful. I can’t believe how much they have grown in such a small amount of time. Stella looks like she is glad to be getting a break.

  39. sognatrice

    *Karina, ooh, being an auntie to doggies is fun too…you can spoil them rotten and then go home πŸ˜‰

    *Gill, woohoo for doggie families!

    *Sara, that little white-pawed cutie is a girl, so Macchiata it is πŸ˜‰ How sweet of the puppies to keep with the theme of the blog, no?

    *Meg, our puppies are still in the early phases, so they’re really only tiring out Stella…the hard part is yet to come. Yikes!

    *Kathleen, hey! Nice to see you!

    *Deb, good thing, because there’s probably more coming πŸ˜‰

    *Janet, wow, cultural differences die hard…although my Italian-American grandmother loved dogs πŸ™‚

    *PP, it helps that the puppies aren’t in the same room where I work!

    *Smtwngrl, if only we had more people like you around here!

    *Andrea, those small ones always have the biggest attitudes, don’t they? The whole Napoleon thing πŸ˜‰

    *Eryn, I didn’t see Luna or Stella as puppies, so this is a really special treat–they were both already about 8 months when they came here. We have one person interested, and it’s a good home…I’m actually hoping they’ll take two πŸ˜‰

    *Angela, I thought Stella sitting there turned the other way was hilarious too; couldn’t resist taking a photo.

    *Frances, thanks for the hugs!

    *Audra, aw, kitties are cute too πŸ™‚

    *Tui, OK, that’s oodles of poodles! Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.

    *Jen, good to know we’re on schedule!

    *Deb, I’m sure I’d love your doggies and cat too πŸ™‚

    *Cheeky, I couldn’t agree more. There’s just something special about the relationship between humans and dogs, particularly I think. They are true, loyal companions, and I can’t imagine life without them.

    *Shan, I’m wondering if that cat of yours would like some company….

    *Jeni, it *is* hard getting so attached to animals, isn’t it? Thanks for sharing your history with dogs (and now cats)…funny how your subconscious blocked out the name of the real stinker πŸ˜‰

    *Gil, Stella is *so* happy to sit with me for a while instead of in the box with the puppies. They literally sucking her dry methinks πŸ˜‰

  40. Christina

    Oh my gosh they are SO cute!! I love puppies, they are just too much fun πŸ™‚ Except for the poo they even smell good haha

  41. sognatrice

    Christina, I haven’t gotten to the smelly part yet; thanks for the warning!

  42. Nora

    Oh, PUPPIES!! You’re right, having animals around makes everything better.
    And Maverick’s story broke my heart a little… I remember you mentioned him when my rotti died last month.

  43. sognatrice

    Nora, yes, that was that same Maverick, always my baby. I even had some photos taken with him for my high school senior pictures!

    Glad you came over to see the puppies πŸ™‚

  44. Maryann@FindingLaDolceVita

    awww..I was wondering when you were going to post about them opening their eyes..how sweet πŸ™‚

  45. sognatrice

    Maryann, I was so excited when I saw eyes, I took photos right away πŸ™‚

  46. Mad goat lady

    Ok..you have puppy pics…you have won me. I have signed up immediately to receive your posts in google reader.

    As you probably gathered after reading Mad Goat Lady, I am a dedicated animal lover.

    I am off now to add you to my blogroll so all my friends will know where to find you πŸ™‚

  47. sognatrice

    Mad Goat Lady, thanks so much! And I’m glad you enjoyed the photos…I’m sure there will be more πŸ™‚

  48. Wenda

    I love puppies. Seeing these little critters, I can almost smell their puppy breath. Thanks for leading me back here. BTW, Shadow loves puppies, too, and children.

  49. sognatrice

    Wenda, I can see Shadow’s love of everything in those gorgeous eyes; glad you stopped over–come anytime πŸ˜‰

  50. Currier Quinn Balent

    Love the puppies and loved reading about all the dogs that have touched your heart. Animals are amazing creatures. Some of the best relationships I’ve had are with dogs rather than people.

    I also forget to comment on your “5 best days” post. When you wrote of eating with your mom in the cafe and discovering that you were an adult for the first time… it made me cry. Exhilarating and scary isn’t it!?

    Keep writing and I’ll keep reading when the Bambino allows!
    Ciao, Coleen

  51. sognatrice

    Coleen, as you can probably tell, I’ve had some of my best relationships with animals too–that unconditional love thing works so well for them πŸ˜‰

    Glad you enjoyed the 5 best nights post; the memory you described really wasn’t one that I had ever thought about in that way before, which just goes to show you how wonderful these little meme/writing exercises can be.

    Baci to the bambino!

  52. anno

    They are such darlings! There can’t be any such thing as too many pictures of puppies — post away!

  53. sognatrice

    Anno, duly noted πŸ˜‰

  54. Wanderlust Scarlett

    The babies look so great!
    Loved all the reminiscing about the dogs too…

    I’ve been lucky enough to have some good pets in my life too.

    Thanks for reminding me.

    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  55. Italian Wine Blog - Wine90

    They are so so so so so so cute. Gosh i miss those days of sleepless nights. Creeping down to sneak a peak at them! I was a terrible dog mummy! Elle

  56. Anonymous

    great post! loved the photo of uninterested momma and the babies, and luna with her toys :o) so sweet! i love my dogs (past and present) with all i got!


  57. sognatrice

    *Elle, I’m trying to sleep as much as possible now while Stella is still in charge πŸ˜‰

    *California, there’s just something about pooches, isn’t there? Glad you liked the photos πŸ™‚

  58. sognatrice

    *Scarlett, oops I missed you! So happy that you too were blessed with doggies. I’m sure they were happy with their doggie mama (or auntie or friend) too πŸ™‚

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