Well here we are into the start of another year! Where do they go. We started off very well with our fabulous donation to kick start  “The Land Plan” . Of course it’s also when we get a lot more dogs and cats abandoned. We learnt today that there is a person living around here,…

Well Jackie arrived Sunday morning, to a very damp Italy. Pooch and I met her and her friend at the airport.

Jackie meets the Puglia Pooches

Jackie meets the Puglia Pooches

I took her straight to the villa where she is staying,which belongs to my very good friend Debbie, who is letting her use it, where Mino was preparing the lunch. Whilst he was getting it all ready, I took Jackie and Gav home to meet the dogs. She had a tremendous welcome from them. Squirt is very naughty around strangers, he just barks and barks, for about half an hour,then he becomes your best friend. Puppy Bill is about the same. Milly was a little wary but Roxy was lovely with her. I tried to introduce them all to her,but she did not have enough hands.

Jackie and Nana

Jackie and Nana

She was really taken with Nana and when I told her how he was stoned and kicked she almost cried. He is such a big dog, but oh such a softie and so harmless. She had a big cuddle and lots of kisses with Tuppence, who just stands and barks for attention, so you have no choice really but to pick her up.

We had a bit of a scare yesterday, the company that provides web space for  seemed to disappear and took our website with them, not sure what happened, but am very pleased to say everything is ok and back to normal.

Puglia Pooches, caring for stray, sick and abandoned animals in PugliaYesterday we had Poppy spayed, thanks to Sue Protheroe (susie78 to DS members) who so very kindly paid for her operation. We cannot thank you enough Sue for all you have done for us. It is greatly appreciated.

Puglia Pooches, caring for stray, sick and abandoned animals in PugliaShe went in at 3 pm and we picked her up at 7pm, she was of course very quiet, but today she is looking good. She has her appetite back, which is always a good sign. Poppy is a stunningly beautiful dog. I do wish I could find her a nice home. She would make someone a wonderful pet. She has a lovely nature and is quite a character.

Puglia Pooches caring for sick stray and abandoned cats and dogs in Puglia
Yesterday,when we arrived home after being out for a short while, this is what we saw. Someone had  dumped eight puppies in a crate outside of our back gate. We were horrified when we saw see this crate. Who ever had done it had had put a huge brick on top the crate, as it was broken, so the pups couldn’t get out.

Puglia Pooches caring for sick stray and abandoned dogs and cats in Puglia


An update on Ginger. Ginger was really poorly, and we both thought the medication for the fits was maybe too strong. After talking to the vet, he decided to lower the dosage to see if he became more steady on his feet and not so sleepy.

It has, to a degree worked, he is slightly better than he was. He certainly has had no more fits.

But Mino told me yesterday that the vet had told him, it was unlikely Ginger would get much better than he is, due to his heart complaint. Evidently, the equivalent in a human would mean a pacemaker. I am saddened by this news, as Ginger has always been so healthy, its just awful to see him so listless. His tail has always curled over his back, now its hanging down,although I do think it has come up a little since all this started, or is it my wishful thinking? You see him in these photo and he looks so different.Oh Ginger please get better.

Oh dear, I really think I am going crazy. With Dulcie in season, the dogs that are still intact, are driving us nuts. No one could begin to imagine how hard it is. We have 6 dogs that have not been neutured plus Rusty, who has only been done recently, so he still thinks he is in with a chance.Thank God it seems to have worked straight away with little Squirt.

Val and Clyde

Val and Clyde

Mino and I go everyday to this boy, Clyde we have named him. This is the dog that was dumped in an appalling state. We take him a big bowl of nice tasty food to try and fatten him up. He is still very thin, but has started to improve.

We wormed him and gave him a spot on to stop the parasites. Mino made him a little shelter. We try and spend a bit of time with him each day. He is so sweet, he hears us coming and is always so pleased to see us and of course is ready for his dinner!. He is not one of the prettiest dogs I have seen, but he is so affectionate. If only we could re home him, he would make someone a wonderful pet.We think he is less than a year old. It cracks me up each time I leave him. I wish i could bring you home boy, but I can’t.

I have quite a few things to tell you in this update. Firstly still no sign of Hutch or the young man’s pup. We still keep trying!

Today I felt so sad. We saw two new abandoned dogs, and I had the awful feeling that we passed the car that had just abandoned them. Of course, we could not be sure, but these two dogs were just stood looking at the car that had just driven off. One was a tiny dog, not very young either.

How can people do this, how can they sleep at night. How can they go to church on Sundays and profess to be a good Catholic, confessing all their sins. Does that make it better?? Remember the majority are Catholic in Italy. It just sickens me to the core.



I am so pleased,I went out on my bike this morning, and I found him. He was mooching about among the rocks on the beach. He looked at me as if to say, whats up with you!!. I nearly cried when I saw him. He is fine, there does not seem anything wrong with him. But he was very afraid, once he realised i wasn’t going to hurt him, he was ok.

Still no sign of his brother though, or the young man’s pup. Now I really do fear the worse for them both.