Yo Italy, Where My Dogs At?

By Perrin

In Italy, everyone has at least one dog. Moreover, the streets are crawling with strays. (The Catholic aversion to birth control seems to apply to animals as well as people.) The dense puppy population certainly increased my love for the country at large.

As with food and art, every country has a unique variety of canines. Being partial to the breed, I decided to stalk out the best of them while abroad. Here’s a sampling of the most adorable, tough and bizarre to date.

Biggest Badass: Stray at Pompeii

Cutest Puppy: 6-week old rotweiller in San Remo

Best Driver: Golden retriever awaiting a ferry in Ancona

Most adventurous: Barrone, the dog in our San Giorgio flat, joined JS0 for a mountain climb (and led the way)

Oldest: a 16th century statue in the Boboli Gardens of Florence

Other cutest: A husky at a fair in Salerno

Other Cutest Puppy: 2-month old husky explores a fair in Salerno

Wisest: Looking philosophically across a dock in Venice

Biggest ham: Our house dog demanding yet another belly rub in Lanuvio

Third Cutest Puppy: 2-month old lab eating oranges at a fair in San Giorgio

Most Violent: This overgrown collie mix kept trying to eat the baby rottweiler (above). He was clearly jealous of it. To be fair, the rottie was bite size

Classiest. At our first camp, due to cluelessness, I picked which class to teach solely based on the name. Yup, I'm obsessed...

Hungriest: this Pompeii stray (the ruins were crawling with them) ate pasta right off my fork. Yes, it was the only food I had and yeah, I refrained from using the fork afterwards

Most Loyal: Pinnocio, at our flat in Genzano, was my most steadfast 4-footed companion in Italy

If you’ve come to the end of this, Wow! You must love dogs too.

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About sistersbailey

We are Perrin and Sarah Bailey, collectively known as “The Sisters Bailey”. The moniker was born out of a crazy weekend at the 2009 New Orleans Jazz Fest and it was the first time we had ever been referred to as one unit. We grew up in Alexandria, VA together and then separated for college - Perrin to The University of Pennsylvania and Sarah to Northwestern University – and somehow landed together in New York after graduation. It was in the midst of the hustle of Manhattan that we became friends for the first time in years. Somehow we landed jobs in the same industry - Sarah worked in marketing at HBO and Perrin managed creative digital promotions for her media agency’s main client, Disney - just three blocks from one another. One day we decided to leave our jobs, sell our belongings and travel abroad with a backpack and a collective savings of $10K. The stories of our continuing adventures and those of other fearless travelers are here to inspire you.
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