Ciao! My news: I returned a few days ago from a two-week trip to Italy,I was greeted with affection and exuberance by certain members of the critter crew. (The names of those guilty of non-exuberance will be omitted.)
My favorite puppy in the world leaped up in the air over and over (all 80 pounds) when I walked in the house. Here he is in a more conservative pose.
Out in the donkey yard, of course, it was my Fran who greeted with me with extra affection.
The other donks were pretty much business as usual -- where is a treat -- but Fran just wanted some hugs.
And surprisingly, out of the four clucks, Ruby Dee was most attentive. I would have placed money on Sweet Pea.
As for the trip, it had been a dream for a few years. No tour, I did the planning myself (whew!) with the help of a friend who has family in Italy and knows the ropes. Almost six days in Florence, then to the countryside of Tuscany for another six.