Voof From Italy!

Posted by Pia

That's Italian for Woof!
Hey Waggers... Ciao from Italy! ... Just here visiting Ruby and Kirby-our fur niece and nephew- in fabulous Florence! Their humans are on sabbatical for a year, and lucky for us, it's in a town that sure does love their pups!

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Lorenzo here gave us some inside tips on The Duomo.  We got the scoop on where some notable canine artists were known to lift a leg!

1 Lorenzo here gave us some inside tips on The Duomo. We got the scoop on where some notable canine artists were known to lift a leg!

Our niece Ruby, and nephew Kirby were thrilled to see some familiar humans!

2 Our niece Ruby, and nephew Kirby were thrilled to see some familiar humans!

Their Italian is impressive and they seem well-liked by the locals!

3 Their Italian is impressive and they seem well-liked by the locals!

Giovanni was more than happy to counsel us on where to find the best Gelato!

4 Giovanni was more than happy to counsel us on where to find the best Gelato!

We got to meet Italian dogs of all shapes and sizes!

5 We got to meet Italian dogs of all shapes and sizes!

Little Valentina was a bit shy, but very forthcoming about the most dog-friendly trattorias around town...

6 Little Valentina was a bit shy, but very forthcoming about the most dog-friendly trattorias around town...

The stately Signor Brando, typically a pooch of few words, was full of insider tidbits on everyone from Dante to Michelangelo...

7 The stately Signor Brando, typically a pooch of few words, was full of insider tidbits on everyone from Dante to Michelangelo...

I sat in the Piazza and pondered all I was learning from these scholarly pups...and if the PIAzza was named after me... I donned my kitty hat in hopes of meeting some local felines...but no luck today :(

8 I sat in the Piazza and pondered all I was learning from these scholarly pups...and if the PIAzza was named after me... I donned my kitty hat in hopes of meeting some local felines...but no luck today :(

We ran into our new friend Mario... on his way back from the train station. He'd been in Milan for meetings all day and was looking forward to a nap and some vino...

9 We ran into our new friend Mario... on his way back from the train station. He'd been in Milan for meetings all day and was looking forward to a nap and some vino...

We met Francois here as we waited in line to view some local masterpiece... he was visiting from France on Holiday....

10 We met Francois here as we waited in line to view some local masterpiece... he was visiting from France on Holiday....

His English was quite good.  We got to talking and had a big laugh when we both admitted that neither of us was quite sure what exactly we were in line to see!

11 His English was quite good. We got to talking and had a big laugh when we both admitted that neither of us was quite sure what exactly we were in line to see!

On our way home, we ran into Angelo at the local cafe.  He was stopping for a treat and his daily cappuccino before heading home to survey the yard.

12 On our way home, we ran into Angelo at the local cafe. He was stopping for a treat and his daily cappuccino before heading home to survey the yard.

We also got to catch up with Francesca as she was closing up shop for the day....

13 We also got to catch up with Francesca as she was closing up shop for the day....

She was happy to report it had been a lucrative day - but was clearly exhausted and ready to go sip some Grappa at the local dog park with her fellow business pups!

14 She was happy to report it had been a lucrative day - but was clearly exhausted and ready to go sip some Grappa at the local dog park with her fellow business pups!

We've met quite a few pasta-loving pooches! Some people come here to take in all the historic art, but I must say... the 'pooch sites' are works of art in and of themselves!

Arrivederci for now... gotta go meet a fun pack of local pooches for an espresso in the Piazza... Stay tuned!

In kinship,
Dr. Pia Salk

Comments (5)

  • Hello Dr. Pia and friends,
    Arrivederci to you too! Italians seem to take their furry family members everywhere. How fun to learn about Italy from these experts. You are in good hands I believe. Have some fresh mozarella and mortadella for Ruby girl. Yummo and double yummo!!! Have a great trip and HAPPY EASTER!!!!

    Love and licks,
    Ruby

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    And hello to you too Dr. Pia. And a voof voof to our Italian friends. It’s good to see that they have a “Kirby” there too. Someone once said, “What’s in a name?” Well for one thing, if I didn’t have a name then how would I know when my dinner was ready? Or how would I know when to hide to keep from taking my bath? As you can see, names are important to all of us. I’m glad that my name is Kirby so Mommy doesn’t have to call out, “Hay you,” or something else. So much for my deep thinking for today; nap time.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Dr. Pia and Minnow, How fun to see you visiting in Italy and every one of the dogs you saw over there are beautiful and fun to see! How fun to see all three of those dogs with the same names as our Ruby, Kirby, and Francesca!!! That sweet little doggie in photo #6 reminds my Mom of her 1st dog Peanuts! Did Minnow get to go with you? Sure would love to see her again! How fun to hear from our Ruby and Kirby as the first ones to comment today! Ruby and Kirby, you are both wonderful buddies of ours and I always love your comments! Hope to hear from more of you buddies today! Hope you all have a great day! Love Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Voof and Ciao to you!
    Ohhh Dr.Pia I'm wishing I was there!!! That's my next place to visit...I love seeing pooches and kit-kats in different countries.
    Paris had the most interesting and I bonded with the cats at our rented flat, and so many pets in the stores and on the Metro.
    Ruby (the brown dog?) certainly is a special mixture of breeds. Noticing how many are mixed breeds that you have encountered there.
    Wow a place named after you...PIAzza! ;-) Love the Kat-Hat!
    I'm happy for you guys to be on a sabbatical, that's great...enjoy your time in Italy!

    Hugs & meeuw,
    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • So glad to see that Italians love their fur-babies too!

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