Thursday, November 8, 2012

More Italian Dogs

When I was in Italy a couple of months back, I saw a lot of this:


And this:


And this:


Dogs!


We saw dogs everywhere we went:


In the city:


In the country:


Under cars:


In the doorways of cafes:



And in the midst of antiquities:


This dog is world famous. Know him?:


He's in a mosaic floor in Pompeii. Below his paws, the mosaic reads, "Cave Canem," or "beware of the dog." He's spawned got a lot of modern knockoffs. too:



Of course, everywhere we went, I kept an eye out for pugs. But I didn't see any in Rome, not a one in the five days we were there. 

I saw guard dogs:


And calm dogs:


And dogs rendered in beautiful detail on the tiled floor of a church:


I saw mythical dogs:


and junk-yard dogs:


and the most adorable three-month old chocolate Lab puppy. This is "Molly":



I even saw dogs on rooftops!




I was beginning to get desperate. Surely this country has some monkey-faced, bug-eyed, barrel-shaped little snorters somewhere??

Not this pointy-nose cutie:


Certainly not this beautiful boy:


Not a pug. Nope:



No pugs, not inside a restaurant:



Nor outside one:


At last, I spotted one in Naples named "Eddita," out on a walk with her pal:


And later, I met one in Rome when we passed through on our way home to the U.S. This is "Ommero" ("Homer," in English):


He was more than happy to say, "Hi!"


And, I'm very happy to say, the Pug Head Tilt is the same, the world 'round:


Ciao for now, baby!


2 comments:

  1. LOVED seeing the pups and pugs (especially the head tilt!) of Italy -- fun post :-)

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  2. Cute,cute,cute!! Love it! I had one of the most interesting dog encounters on a farm in Sicily...a dog with "turrets" or something similar to that (it's how his owner explained it!). He would involuntarily bare his teeth frequently and snort and smile. Absolutely hilarious!

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