Lockdown here in Italy means staying housebound. Mostly. These days, people in the towns and cities love their dogs more than ever: walking them is an excuse to get out.
A way to ward off a CPA (Coronavirus Panic Attack).
Hilarious Internet videos about exhausted dogs yet again on a leash and even cats on leashes dragged towards an apartment door keep us grinning.
Fortunatamente, Pino and I need no excuse to leave our farmhouse here in the Umbria countryside: our two Maremmano shepherd dogs are always out.
Our cats, too.
Our “lockdown” confines us to our 3 -1/2 hectares (about 9 acres). And every morning, Pino is out to feed his beloved two donkeys, Ciccio and Pippo.
and our goats:
Eighteen adults now greet him eagerly:
And this past week, nine new kids have joined the ranks…
….including a tiny female I’ve named “Cocoa.” (Pino liked the name, probably thinking I was calling her “Cocco,” meaning “sweetie” in Umbrian dialect).
For her first days of life, she was too weak to suckle on her own: Pino bottle-fed her…
…and helped Cocoa attach to her mamma:
She now suckles on her own.
A new life. A new-found strength.
Seems an omen to me. An affirmation of Italy’s mantra these days: “Andra’ tutto bene” (“All will go well”).
Read here about an outdoor market visit to ward off a CPA (Coronavirus Panic Attack)
Click here to read about – and see! – a favorite Orvieto eating spot (to ward off CPA)
Click here for a recipe of Pino’s mamma, Signora Vincenza (also helps ward off CPA)
Read about – and see! – Assisi during coronavirus lockdown
Click here for another “coronavirus lockdown” recipe
Click here to read about Novella’s vegetable stand during the coronavirus lockdown
Read about a Pino feast on March 8th as coronavirus distraction
Peppa is always perfect distraction from a CPA
Read about a stop for fresh pasta to ward off a CPA