Italian dogs

Me and Nellie being most attentive when sister is eating pizza.

Me and Nellie being most attentive when sister is eating pizza.

Greeting loyal readers and fellow maremmas.  Now, as you all know Me and Nellie are maremmas, from the alps of Italy.  We have two thousand years of breeding behind Us.  We have been raised to be intelligent, thinking dogs, capable of looking after ourselves and our flocks. As you can see from the photos, Me and Nellie are good Italian doggies because We love Pizza.  Mummy brought some home last night for dinner and Me and Nellie were most interested.  We were very good and sister shared some of her dinner with Us.  Love Nellie and Jasper.

Mummy found this article about maremmas  from this blog: http://retrieverman.net/2011/06/29/queen-victorias-maremmas/

ruffo-and-beldiaThis image comes from a Country Life Illustrated article entitled “The Queen’s Kennels at Windsor” (20 February 1897).

The two dogs are described as follows:

Two of the most interesting dogs at Windsor are the “Italian Mountaineer” dogs, Ruffo and Beldia, selected in Italy about two years ago for her Majesty. They are whole white dogs, except for a lemon tinge on their ears. Their size, that of a Newfoundland, which they also resemble in shape. The eyes are hazel and the noses pointed. They are, I believe, the sheepdog of the Italian and Spanish shepherd. They are most lovable in disposition, while possessing every trait of a good guard and watchdog. Ruffo is stationed at the gate or main entrance to the Castle, under the charge of Elmers, who is proud of his charge (pg.185).

 

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5 Responses to Italian dogs

  1. We had pizza last night as well! Well, man and us had pizza, Lady didn’t cause it was gluten pizza, and she doesn’t do gluten. It was one of our favourite foods. Have a great day! Lee and Phod

    • Kyla says:

      They do make gluten-free pizza. We had it last night and the crust is made out of rice flour. We’re not allergic but are eliminating wheat for health reasons.

  2. Mmmmmm the hoomans say that pizza looks tasty. What a cool old pigture. Mummy loves black and white pigtures. She’s says they are special ones!

    Nutty, Nacho, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

  3. That description certainly sounds like you! You are brave guard doggies. But also lovable. I am not Italian, but I LOVE pizza.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  4. Wow, you are not only the bestest Maremmas, you are royal doggies too! Great! I think I have italian ancestors too, because I love Pizza :o)

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