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Puglia Pooches | Val’s Diary | Caring for Stray and Abandoned Animals in Puglia | Page 25


Today little Starsky has been injured. Hutch is still not around, so I must fear the worse. Starsky has either been knocked by a car, or attacked by a larger dog. Someone came to our house and told us he was hurt, so we went to try and find him. When we saw him he was very afraid, not like he was usually. Mino tried to pick him up but he scarpered. So at least he was moving. We have spent two hours this afternoon looking for him, but to no avail. Will try again tomorrow.



We decided to take Peggy this evening to have her bone marrow taken for analysis, to see if she has a tumor or not. Peggy has become so beautiful, her coat is so soft and lovely, amazing , if you remember how it was when she came to us. She still has the occasional episodes of bleeding though.

We should know the results within ten days.

Hi All, well its that time of the year again. What time you might say! The time when people dump their unwanted dogs here, it beggars belief doesn’t it, but its oh so true. Just this morning, we saw these two small young male dogs, very sweet and friendly. They look like brothers. They must…

jsw_100_0739Yesterday we were told of an abandoned dog with a bad leg. After borrowing a car, Mino and I set off to look for him.We found him eventually after about an hour of searching.

Not only did he have a bad leg he was skin and bones, I almost cried when I saw him.His bones are sticking out of him, it is just awful. How can anyone let an animal get into that state.

Meet Patch. We have known Patch for more than three years. He is a stray dog that follows a local man around, this man does not really look after the dogs that seem to attach themselves to him. He is a poor simple man who can barely look after himself. We would often feed Patch for…

Well here is some good news for a change. My lovely big boy Bicki, has been rehomed. He has gone to live with Mino’s daughter in Genova, the north of Italy.

Manuela came to stay with us earlier in the year and fell in love with Bicki. She really wanted to take him home with her then, but she had holidays etc booked, so decided to wait.

So much has happened since I last wrote an entry.As many of you know, I had my lovely grandchildren here for three weeks for their summer holidays, we had a wonderful time with them, spent loads of time on the beach and just generally enjoyed them.

Nerina has taken her role very seriously, both she and the kitten think they belong together. It’s just amazing to watch.

A few days ago Peggy started bleeding badly from her nose. We know this is a direct result of leishmanoise, as we had experienced it with Bear. The bleeding was really bad, Mino had to inject her with Tranex, a medicine that stops bleeding. This happened several times and she lost lots of blood. She had been getting on so well, and looking so much better. Emily was so upset whilst this was happening, and would not leave Peggy’s side.

Whilst I was away in England, Mino found a little female pinscher, pretty poorly. Someone has dumped her due to her being sick.She is at least 8 years old. He took her to our vet, as she was so lethargic and had a very bad vaginal discharge. He operated straight away on her and did a…