love thursday: remembering the puppies

Last year at this time, I was wrapping up eight exciting (and stressful) weeks with Stella’s six gorgeous puppies, tearfully giving them away one by one in time for Christmas presents.

Luckily, I still get to see one of them quite frequently as he lives with a family in the village. Every few days he comes to the house and sits outside the door and cries until I open it to let him in to play with his mom and Zia Luna.

He was the first little one to go, but obviously Chicco (KEYK-koh) still remembers us.

Puppy love runs deep.

Happy Love Thursday everyone!

13 Beans of Wisdom to “love thursday: remembering the puppies”
  1. 12.18.2008

    How cute! I’m really missing having a puppy right now.

    I was without a puppy for several years, Mary. It’s much better this way 😉

  2. 12.18.2008

    The top picture looks like my maxie when he was a baby. All of that sweetness. Nice that you can still visit with one of the puppies. Such a treat.

    Definitely, Diana. And I love how he remembers me. Last night when I came home and was walking through the piazza, he came barreling at me like he hadn’t seen me in forever. What a cutie!

  3. Gil

    Looks like he grew into one great looking dog. Nice to see dogs that aren’t over fed. Sometimes I wonder why we got a cat and then another to keep the first one company when one dog would have been more fun.

    Well I’m a bit biased, but I’m with you Gil…nothing like a doggie 🙂

  4. glad to hear the pups are doing well and that you get to see Chicco.

    So cute!

    nyc/caribbean ragazza’s last blog post..Oh no! The dollar is dropping again.

    I love when they play together 🙂

  5. 12.18.2008

    They are lovely doggies!!!! I’ve been going through this dilema and finally decided not to make Boleta become a mummy this time… I was nearly going to make it, but finally I didn’t make up my mind. Maybe during the summer… it must be such a marvellous experience 😀

    Núria’s last blog post..Beans Porridge and 10 Tips to Cook your Beans well.

    I have to admit, having the puppies here was really amazing even though it was lots of work. I definitely miss them.

  6. joanne at frutto della passione

    So, does that make you a Nonna? 😉

    joanne at frutto della passione’s last blog post..A brief history of Panettone part 1


  7. 12.18.2008

    Just after Christmas last year we had to let our last little buddy, Reesie, go. He was 15 and had a stroke on Christmas Day. The second hardest thing I’ve ever had to do, the first being when it came time to say goodbye our our first, Bundnie was 16. I keep thinking about getting another pup – decide against it and then see pictures like this. The problem is that I see so many unhappy looking dogs here in Rome. I’m not sure its the place to have a dog. But ask me about that in a few months time … I’ll probably be writing about the new pup at that point.

    Willym’s last blog post..Mercoledi Musicale

    Oh Willym there’s nothing better than the gift of a puppy (to yourself) for the holidays 🙂

  8. 12.18.2008

    He is quite a sleek looking guy with a nice coat. He looks well cared for- which I am sure makes you happy M. Nice family portrait-perfect for the holidays 🙂

    My Melange’s last blog post..Love Thursday: The Tattered Old

    Yes he is very well cared for…warms a nonna’s heart 🙂

  9. 12.18.2008

    Very sweet pics! Does Stella remember Chicco? How do they interact? I remember my cat and her kitten meeting up a year after I gave her away and they fought like, um, cats and dogs.

    Milanese Masala’s last blog post..Kitchen Krazy

    She does, or at least it seems like she does…they get along very well together 🙂

  10. 12.18.2008

    They are gorgeous dogs! You must be so proud! 🙂

    LuLu’s last blog post..Christmas Traditions: Pizzelle

    And they’re so sweet too…I heart my pooches (and Stella’s offspring) 🙂

  11. 12.18.2008

    yes i remember how much i adored your puppy posts last year!!!! they were oh so cute and i’m sure brought a lot of cheer to your holidays last year!

    i’m glad you still get to see the black one, i think it’s hilarious how they all look unique! i love mutts 🙂

    Eryn’s last blog post..Amazing stuff…

    They were definitely a lovely (if slightly smelly) addition to the house for those weeks 😉

  12. 12.18.2008

    Awe… that is beyond adorable, Michelle. I’m kind of choking up. SO sweet!

    jen of a2eatwrite’s last blog post..What’s Cooking Wednesday: Seven Fishes Feast Entry: Tuna-Potato Chip Casserole

    Aren’t they precious?!

  13. Lizzie

    Hi Michelle, Awww, how sweet is that photo! I love the dog stories on your blog. My cocker spaniel was put to sleep in March of this year ( she was nearly 13, which I suppose is a lot in doggy years) but I miss her sooo much. I love hearing about other people’s dogs :0)
    Just got back from Florence where my slipped disc dramatically played up ( had to call a private doctor to the hotel for injections and lots of ‘mystery tablets’ which worked well for the flight home). I also experienced Accident and Emergency in an Italian hospital… which was an experience, especially with my pidgeon Italian.
    Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo to you, P and your little ‘fur babies’ !

    Oh Lizzie I’m so sorry to hear about your little baby dog…even if she was 13, she was still a baby in my book. I hope that at least for the most part, things went well medically here in Italy…we don’t have the best reputation in that area 😉 Anyway, happy holidays to you and yours!

Michelle KaminskyMichelle Kaminsky is an American attorney-turned-freelance writer who lived in her family's ancestral village in Calabria, Italy for 15 years. This blog is now archived. 

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