Freedom and Fear

What a morning at the canile! One of the 'scaredy' dogs, Baldo, a lovely hunting dog, had escaped. The whole placed is well fenced, so when I say 'escaped' I mean he was out of his kennel but in the small fenced woods, where he had been running about enjoying his comparative freedom for three days! And they are really quite small woods, but it's amazing how many lovely hiding places there are!

We tried to coax him with food, ignoring him, calling him, but although he came right up to us, followed the other dogs we took out and ran to the gate whenever anyone approached, we couldn't get him. It was boiling hot too (not in the woods, obviously), so I have just come home  red in the face, thirsty and hungry. And Baldo is still out! He has food and water so will be fine, but it would be better if he was inside.

I was alone with him trying to coax him in for a little while and you could see he was struggling with the joy of being 'out' and the desire to return to his safe and familiar kennel. I guess we all feel like that sometimes. Baldo is making the most of his temporary freedom and who can blame him. But he'll go back in the end – speriamo!

Useful Links


Here are a variety of useful links related to pets and also ex-pat living. I’ll be adding to this all the time. Please contact me to add any that you know of.


Great list of organizations and associations which help animals in Italy from Animali e Animali

Rome association with new branch in Aquila to help the earthquake cats:

Unique Cat Sanctuary near Arezzo, Tuscany Rifugio per Gatti Cinni

My local animal rescue organisation run by some lovely people:

Local public kennels for abandoned dogs: Casentino Canile

Arezzo public kennels : Enpa Arezzo

ENPA (Ente Nazionale Protezione Animali – Italian equivalent of RSPCA)

LAV – (Lega Anti-Vivisezione Onlus) anti -vivisection site

Horse rescue site –


To view a list of vets with microchipping facilities from the British Embassy click here


Pea Horsley for animal communication, missing pets, animal reiki healing

Horse lovers forum, including appelli (appeals) for horses in trouble or needing saving: il cavallo

Dog Pet Care Site


I’m a ghostwriter and my writing site is

I also read the Tarot and my site is

I raise alpacas and my site is

Fabulous, professional property management service in Italy also has Italian property rentals

Fantastic resource for anyone moving to or living in Italy. If John Murphy doesn’t know, it’s not worth knowing! The Informer

Excellent new Italian – English translation company in the UK

Wonderful Italian photographer from Tuscany

The Compassionate Hedonist. Great blog from Californian Sarah May who lives in Lazio.



Websites which advertise agriturismi, hotels and so on where you can take pets.

Bed & Breakfast Italy Villa I Due Padroni.

Thumbvilla Villa in the magnificent hills amidst the vineyards of the Oltrepo Pavese region, Lombardy italy. Spacious apartment with full kitchen, living room, terrace with panoramic views and garden with swimming pool. Dog friendly.


Villa Acacia


Dog friendly villas in Marche. Beautiful 4 bedroom Villa Acacia 
perfect for a holiday in Le Marche region, fenced for your dog’s 
security. Secluded Villa Gelso in the Sibillini National Park has 
separate cottage in the grounds for larger groups.


Pets (but less so pests) welcome at my house in Abruzzo.

Viaggiare con il cane

Io posso entrare

Dog welcome


Two nice places to stay but they don’t take pets –

Lovely little apartment to rent in Cortona, Tuscany:

Luxury holiday accommodation in Maglie, Le Marche:

Beautiful holistic website dedicated to healing the Mind, Body and Spirit of your animal friends

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