puppies in residence

Back by popular demand–puppies!

Well the little ones aren’t so little anymore. Indeed, they’ll be seven weeks old on Saturday, which means they are only a week away from being adopted out.

Sniff sniff.

We have found homes for five of the six, at least on the future caretakers’ words. One of these is so excited that she’s been asking me for a couple weeks already when she can come and take hers (one of the two that look like Stella). I’m staying firm on the eight-week mark though, so she’ll just have to wait until next weekend.

I haven’t posted photos, but the pups have been staying in what P calls their “residence” (seriously, in English but with an Italian accent) that I whipped up for them one afternoon. They have specified places to eat, sleep, play, and do the other stuff they need to do, and they’re getting increasingly better at understanding which are which. This helps with housebreaking in their new homes, they say, so I thought it was worth a try.

Here are five of them (the fifth is a blur behind the two up on the mini-wall) wondering why I chose the sixth to let out of the residence to play with Mamma and me. They all get their turns, of course, but not all at once. That’d be crazy.

And here is the chosen one of the moment in an intimate scene with Stella. Yes I played with this a bit in Photoshop. Could’ve played for a lot longer, but alas, life calls.

Wouldn’t you love a painting like this?

Mamma and puppy

Happy Love Thursday everyone!

And hug a puppy if you can. If not, I’ve got it covered.

P.S. Don’t forget to head over to Shelley’s place for today’s Dolce Italiano Contest recipe, Chocolate and Tangerine Semifreddo. Looks *fabulous*!


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44 Beans of Wisdom to “puppies in residence”
  1. My Melange

    Yeah!!! More puppy pictures!!! They are so sute. Very glad to hear about the 8 weeks and they most are spoken for. That photoshop shot is great! My brother did something like that for me once with a cute shot of my pup. I’ll give *Madison the Westie* a hug from you as well πŸ˜‰

  2. plongstocking

    Thanks for leaving me a note sognatrice! I’m going to find the recipes right now!!! oh, and those puppies are precious! my pup had a litter once. they sure get messy πŸ™‚ but they’re so trusting and lovable.

  3. Fran


  4. sognatrice

    *Robin, yes, puppy hugs to Madison!!!

    *Plongstocking, messy is a *very* good description–as is trusting and lovable. So cute!

    *Fran, I concur πŸ˜‰

  5. Ninotchka

    OMG soooo precious!

  6. softdrink

    That little guy on the left is too cute. Well, they’re all cute…but that look! Those ears! And the eyes! I think I’m in love.

  7. alexmom

    There’s nothing….NOTHING….cuter than puppies! And with only one week left, puleeeezzzzze post a few more pictures.Wish I were there.I’d definitely take 2 of them.They’re toooooo adorable.

  8. qualcosa di bello

    how sweet!!!! the photo of stella & her baby is just priceless! & yes, i will hug a puppy or two (grown puppies count, right??) πŸ™‚

  9. Roam2Rome

    Awww the two puppies on the left look absolutely enchanting! Adorable little puppy eyes and energy to spare! Ah, the white one looks like trouble! Too cute… wish I could have one. They’d send me to sleep in the piazza, I tell you..

  10. sognatrice

    *Nino, aren’t they though?

    *Softdrink, that’s a girl πŸ™‚

    *Alexmom, we’ll see what we can do. They just don’t like to sit still for photos πŸ˜‰

    *Qualcosa, grown puppies are always puppies in my book!

    *Roam, energy is an understatement! Actually the white one is so sweet and gentle–she loves to be held πŸ™‚

  11. nyc/caribbean ragazza

    too freaking cute!!!!

  12. cheeky

    I want the white one!
    That’s good you have found homes for almost all of them. Awww…. It’s going to be a little quiet when they go away. More pics before they leave I hope. πŸ™‚ Can never have too much puppie love.

  13. Karina

    AWW, they are so cute! I love the photoshopped picture, it really is beautiful. And I got to hug a puppy yesterday. My brother’s new pup is the sweetest thing, and I was over there yesterday giving hugs and getting kisses.

  14. flutter

    Ohhhhhh man they are the cutest things EVER

  15. -R-

    Most adorable puppies ever!

    What is the word for puppy in Italian?

  16. Kerith Collins

    my son loves your puppies…we wish you were closer…we would snatch one up

  17. Jenn

    My boys so want a puppy of their own – we still trying to persuade their dad.

    Your puppies are so so cute. I love the white one. Give him a hug for me. Thanks for sharing.

  18. Maddy

    Very very cute. We may be ‘adopting’ on in the new year, although maybe it will be a dog rather than a puppy.
    This is my calling card or link“Whittereronautism”until blogger comments get themselves sorted out.

  19. saraarts

    Oh my GOODNESS they are so cute!!!!

    What adorable little fuzzy faces! What sweet little eyes!

    Ooooh, I can practically feel them wiggling from here. πŸ™‚ Thank you.gfzeqb

  20. Sandy

    OMG – I can hardly stand it. They are so adorable!! You will be so sad when they are gone. Don’t forget to post some photos with their new owners.

  21. Janet

    They totally look Italian! So adorable πŸ™‚

  22. Jen of A2eatwrite

    Oh, so, so sweet! I’ll have to look for more pics from the German puppy twins from the same birth date.

  23. Giovanna

    They are so adorable…I am going to go hug my puppy right now.

  24. Eryn

    awwww i LOVE your puppy posts!!!

    that pic of the puppy with stella is so adorable. and i’ll definitely give my clone of stella and luna another 27 hugs today when i get home…..she gets so much love!

  25. alyndabear

    Ohhh. I want the wee little tan-coloured puppy at the back, who is looking at the others going.. “seriously guys. calm down!”


  26. Kathy

    I want them all! Glad to hear you’ve found good homes for them.

  27. Maryann

    Those puppies are just so cute!Looks like you’ve taken great care in their upbringing. The mom was lucky to find you πŸ™‚
    Happy Holidays!

  28. Nora

    Ooooooooohhhhh!!! My heart just flip-flopped.


  29. Wanderlust Scarlett

    Oh my GOSH they are so cute!
    Thanks for sharing them, I just wish I could reach through the screen and rub their ears.

    And take one home.


    Scarlett & Viaggiatore

  30. Lisa Milton

    I must close the laptop before my girl comes over and fawns over the puppies – then, the begging begins.

    (Thanks for your kind words today.)

  31. The (Mis)Adventures of a Single City Chick

    That group picture is killing me! They are SO adorable that I want to reach right in and covet one for myself. I don’t envy you having to give any of them up, although I do understand that would be quite the crowded household if you kept them. But, still…. πŸ™‚


  32. Beanie

    Oh my goodness … sooo sooo cute. It makes me think for one split second… “ohhhh, wouldn’t a puppy be great??” and then, thankfully – I come back to my senses.
    Two is enough. In this house, with the kids and the cat… two is PLENTY.

    *walk away Beanie, walk away… do not look back at those sweet precious faces… don’t do it…*

  33. Katy

    adorable!!! my dogs are two years old, and i still think of them as puppies. πŸ™‚ so cute!

  34. Audra

    YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! I luuuuuuurve puppays!

  35. Jeni

    Aw, seeing those puppy pics makes me yearn to have a dog again. Since I don’t -I’m stuck with two cats here, one senile, forgets where she is supposed to go potty and prefers (too often) the floor in front of the kitchen sink or the stove) but who is still a beautiful ball of fluff at 16 years and an ornery little orange cat who apparently likes to bedevil me by snatching ornaments off the Christmas tree or curling up on top of a small buffet in the dining room where she knocks over the pictures there as well as the Swedish wooden candlestick holders brought out for the holiday decorations. Cats are nice, I do like them and all but my first preference is having a dog!

  36. MB

    They are absolutely adorable! Glad to hear they’re adopted out, but I’m sure you’ll miss them too.

  37. sognatrice

    *NYC, agreed πŸ™‚

    *Cheeky, the white one is *so* precious. She’s usually very quiet but excited to see me, wanting to come out and play πŸ™‚

    *Karina, you’re so lucky to be a puppy auntie–that’s the best! All the fun without the mess πŸ˜‰

    *Flutter, I tend to agree πŸ˜‰

    *-R-, puppy is “cucciolo” (KOO-choh-loh) in Italian. Even the word is cute!

    *Kerith, the puppies would be privileged!

    *Jenn, I do hope you get a puppy; my childhood was definitely enriched by small creatures. The white one is actually a girl, and she loves hugs πŸ™‚

    *Maddy, it’s great that you might be adopting a dog–they are much harder to adopt out as I’m sure you know. In fact, the only other actual puppy I’ve had in my life were those when our female dog gave birth when I was little, but we only ever kept one of those. This is definitely an interesting experience πŸ™‚

    *Sara, oh they’re definitely wigglers. Some more than others, of course.

    *Sandy, you’re right, I’m really going to miss those yelps πŸ™

    *Janet, hah! Italian? You think? They’re starting to understand English….

    *Jen, I’d love to see those photos!

    *Giovanna, I always look for an excuse to hug my puppies, even the big puppies (who some might call dogs) πŸ˜‰

    *Eryn, puppy hugs all around!

    *Alyndabear, if only that one would always be so calm. She’s not the most active, but she’s up there….

    *Kathy, I was so relieved the other day when P started rattling off names of people who have requested pups. Good people, thank goodness.

    *Maryann, Stella and I are learning together here–it’s been a lot of fun for me at least. I don’t know how she feels πŸ˜‰

    *Nora, I knew you’d enjoy πŸ™‚

    *Scarlett, they wish the same!

    *Lisa, puppy eyes *can* be pretty persuasive…do what you must!

    *Christina, I’m not one who wishes for a big house on a huge plot of land, but for the puppies, I’d take it….

    *Beanie, hah! Hope you’ve successfully walked away…puppyless!

    *Katy, same here. Luna is almost three and Stella, we think, is about one year old, but they’ll always be puppies to me πŸ™‚

    *Audra, you’ve changed your photo–how cute!

    *Jeni, I know what you mean. I love cats too, and I’ve had my fair share, but my heart is with the pooches.

    *MB, I just hope the new caretakers will let me visit….

  38. Taffiny

    Pat the tan one (left on photo) a top his/her cute little head for me.

    Great mama and child picture/scene.

  39. sognatrice

    *Taffiny, that’s precisely the one that drives me crazy…she’s the master yipper but oh so cute πŸ˜‰

  40. Just Expressing Myself

    They’re so cute!
    I would be playing with puppies all day long.
    Much bloglove,

  41. sognatrice

    *Frances, I have to admit that this morning was spent mostly with the puppies…until they fell asleep in my lap. Awwwwwwww πŸ˜‰

  42. Shameless

    Ohhhhhh …. how sad they have to leave. I hope they go to BRILLIANT homes where there’s lots of love and fun! πŸ™‚

  43. sognatrice

    *Shameless, we’re doing our darnedest to make sure the homes are just that πŸ™‚

  44. Currier Quinn Balent

    I haven’t checked in for a while. The puppies are getting bigger and cuter! Are they still with their Mama or have they gone on to their new homes?

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