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 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.