Updates from the hills of Tuscany, a restored farmhouse in Chianti, midway between Florence and Siena. We write about local history and culture, life in Tuscany, the seasonal changes, pleasures of the garden and country kitchen, local stories and encounters with wildlife.
Monday, February 5, 2018
A New Friend at Le Ripe
Argo the Pup
Argo on arrival, looking, listening and smelling
days ago Le Ripe joyfully welcomed a new resident. His name is Argo
(after the dog which faithfully waited for Ulysses to return from Troy and his
displaying his sniffer-hound genes
He arrived from a refuge in Siena where he was born in
October 2017. After living in what amounted to a cold cage with his mother and siblings he now
has a large, safe garden in which to caper, bound, pounce...
Argo's mother is a segugio italiano or scenthound, a breed thought to be descended from ancient Egyptian hounds. His father is an American Staffordshire terrier, a relatively recent breed from the New World so he is part hunter and part guard dog, half ancient and half modern.
those genes again
Perhaps he will also keep at bay the odd porcupine so we may one day be able to cultivate Tuscan iris here again.
Argo loves Le Ripe already.
The association of volunteers who, working in collaboration with the Siena city council, find homes for stray dogs, cats and other creatures in Siena,is called ASSTA.Before handing over any animal they visit the homes of potential owners to check on the situation and give advice. The kindest of people.