SUNDAY TRIPS: GENOA AQUARIUM

Hello to you all! Obviously I’m always short in time…for me this is the last week working and I’m just too busy to end everything before Sunday! Last Sunday I had a great time visiting the aquarium of Genova: there was bad weather, so we couldn’t go to the sea; we decided to stop in Liguria and visit it: here some shots taken inside. Cris

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MEETING PUFFY

Hello! This morning I was cleaning my pc and I started looking at the photos of Puffy, the dog of my parents. I realized that i never presented Puffy on my blog, so I have to amend! You all have sure understood that in my family we love animals. Any kind. Since I was a child I grown-up together with several “companions”. Nowadays we live with Robin the cat, and for me is the first time living with a cat. I must say that having a dog is so much more demanding. And I’m realizing only now that having a dog or a cat is different, but they’re both two beautiful experiences.
Anyway, I would like to present you Puffy! Puffy was not in the works, I must say. The night of the Christmas’ Eve, last year, after the dinner together with all the relatives, we found a white dog bin fornt of the door of my Granny’s home: we realized that she was lost, she was lonely and trembling, and she accepted all our snuggles. My little sister, Arianna, asked to my mother to bring her home, give her some food, and the day after starting to search the owners. The day after my parents found a notice about a dog missing in the streets near my Granny’s house, and they could finally call the owners of Meggie. (this was the name of the dog)

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My sister was disappointed, indeed: she thought that Meggie would remain with her, and then she begged my Mom -for days- to bring home a white dog just like Meggie. Finally this dog arrived in January, and Arianna call him Puffy. (he seems a fluffy cloud, indeed) In my experience, dogs are wonderful: they give you all the affection you can imagine, and they’re connected with your moods: they have a very close connection with the owner. Between my sister and Puffy, it was love at first sight: the first days, the dog didn’t leave Arianna even for a minute.

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The beginning of a life together is always exciting: the dog has to discover his new home, and keep in touch with his new family. Puffy choose “the master” of the home in few time: he understand quickly that Arianna would be is playmate, but his master became my mother, the center of the family.

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For my mother was easy to became attached to Puffy: with his cute face and the good nature, she passed initially a bunch of time with the dog. Nowadays they have learned to stay separate for a while, but my mother, like Arianna, is always unhappy to leave the dog at home when they have to go somewhere.

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Regarding myself, i discovered some things about this race, the Maltese (i never had one before): he’s a peaceable dog, but lively. He gets on well with children, he’s not shy or aggressive with strangers. The male Maltese has more energy, he likes to play and joking around: he has a strong passion for slippers and for garbage – he tries everytime to rummage into the trash bag.- He’s curious, but indeed not really brave: if he hear an unknow sound, he runs straight between my mother’s legs. His real shortcoming is the stubbornness: it doesn’t count how many times you try to teach him something, he will always make as he please. However…Welcome Puffy, my parents love you just in the way you are!

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LADIES&GENTLEMEN … ROBIN! (OR PATRICK?)

Hello! Exactly one mounth ago (for Christmas) I received a special gift from my darling: a kitten! What a wonderful surprise. He took him in adoption from an old farmer living nearby. He had four kittens to give away freely at some animals-lovers, so he secretly went and choosed one. “A cat is less binding than a dog” Davide said to me “so we’ll have no problem to handle it”. “Maybe he’s right” I thought to myself.
The farmer said to Davide that the cat was a male one; so, we decided for “Patrick” as his fisrt name. (from the TV-series The Mentalist, with Simon Baker playing the role of Patrick Jane as main character)

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Immediately we noticed that Patrick it’s quite a “cuddly” cat, he loves warm plaids and slippers, and .. he has a huge appetite: he eat almost all kind of food. Two weeks ago I have brought him to the veterinary for a first general check-up and .. we found that he’s a .. she!A beautiful female kitten! How could it be? Well … I never had a cat before. Since I was a child I growned up with many dogs. So I’m not really “prepared” about cats. I supposed it, regarding some of her “behaviors”, but I was not sure.

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Then, we had to find another name. While we both loved the male name, with the female one we had many hesitations. So, one night, overthinking in front of the TV, we discovered by chance that the female character of the series “The Mentalist” (-again!it’s a persecution- you’ll say), Theresa Lisbon, in the real life is named “Robin”. -It’s a sign of fate- we thought, and we renaimed her. Here in Italy “Robin” is a male name: we’ll have some difficulties explaining every time that she’s a female cat, I know; but we like it, so it’s okay.

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She has kinda of an aristocratic attitude: cats are so elegant. I like the last photo I took, she seems a decorative object. In these last days she was admitted to the veterinary clinic, cause she had a reaction to the vaccine. But tonight we’ll bring her home, finally. We’ve missed her. So, I must say: Welcome (Home), Robin!