Why I Am NOT in Codiponte…

If any of your were wondering why I have not been posting n’er a word about Our Phase IVB construction down in freezing cold & windy Codiponte… well… it’s because…
You & I have adopted a female Weimaraner from a canile… or, kennel for abandoned or homeless or needing-a-home dogs in Milan.
Her name is Nina. Her pedigree name… and get this… is Illonina di Salabo’!!! She’s had A Tragic History…
Nina’s First Owner bought her, probably because, in Italy, it’s very chic to say that you have a Weimaraner. Fine. I think so too, however, I can educate AND care AND love a dog. THIS WOMAN COULD NOT!!! Nina was abandoned to her own ca-ca in a heatless wood shack full of trash, junk AND rats… she has scars from those… and rarely fed and when she was, it was crap.
Not related how but, Nina was saved by her Second Owner, who knew about Weimaraners from when she had lived in the US of A. Sadly, this owner realized that raising a teenage daughter & getting a new business up & going… in these Trying & Taxed Times here in Italy… AND caring for Nina was… well, it was all too much. Nina needed a new home.
The Second Owner found the kennel in Milan on the Internet. The director of the kennel felt it better to put out The Call for a pure-breed dog needing adoption rather than insisting she be put in the kennel to find a New Owner. One person who heard The Call was my sister-in-law in Milan, who sent me a photo of Nina last Sunday night. Naturally, one look and all was decided.
I drove with a friend… the same friend, who had accompanied You & Me to the heart of Tuscany to retrieve The Dog, Moses, lo’ those ten years ago. Oddly, Moses was a 50th birthday gift from You. Nina is a gift for my 60th, this year!!!… to a town near Vicenza to meet Nina, her Second Owner & daughter, have A Good Lunch, conclude the adoption formalities & hit the road back to Genoa.
My Time is now dedicated to A Full-immersion Training Course for Nina….
Lesson #1… she needs to respond to her name… ALWAYS AND IMMEDIATELY!!!
Lesson #2… she needs to know what a leash is… & SHE WILL BE ATTACHED TO IT UNTIL SHE LEARNS LESSON #1…
Lesson #3… she’s needs to learn to sleep in her own two velour covered beds… one up & one down… and not in anyone else’s bed or sofa or chair…
Lesson #4… she needs to accept that Breakfast is at 8:00AM, Dinner at 4:30PM and there are no in between meals. Treats are, however, liberally given out…
and Lesson #5… she needs to understand & control herself until we go out for A W-a-l-k to do her Pee & Poop Thing. She can count on 4 outings… 9:00AM… ’cause it’s too darn freezing before then… at Noon, at 4:00PM and finally at 9:00 at night.
So far, Nina is clicking into Our Regime.
Now, must get back to revising the New Kitchen Plans. Gads.