Monday, January 4, 2010

Eccomi, eccomi, ECCOMEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Ciao, miei amici!

It's me, Lucia, your longest lost pal!

La mia ragazza and I have been roving, roving, roving (keep that doggie roving….!) but I finally planted my paws and demanded that she get busy taking dictation for my bloggie so I can fill you all in on where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. First of all, how was everybloggie’s holiday season and new year? I, Lucia, had a grande ma tranquilla (grand but tranquil) holiday, filled with lots of excellent hooman foodables courtesy of il mio nonno (my grandpa) who frequently sneaks snacks to me while la mia ragazza’s back is turned: “Mangiare questo, Lucia, mangiare!” ( Eat this, Lucia, eat!); pressies; visits with la famiglia (the family); and, as la mia cara amica, Asta (my dear friend, Asta), would put it, ore di sonno rilassante (hours of relaxing sneep).

Ecco alcuni momenti salienti (Here are a few highlights):

First, I ate a Christmas ornamento (ornament) from il albero di Natale (the Christmas tree):

This nearly gave la mia ragazza a Hardy Tack! She was making dinner on Vigilia di Natale (Christmas Eve) and noticed that I was walking around quietly (which is unusual in and of itself) and stealthily, carrying something in my mouth. She said, Luciadropppppit, but instead of dropping -- I couldn’t resist! -- I gave a mighty chomp and when she saw the silver pieces of glass fall out of my mouth, SHE NEARLY HAD LA VACCA, UOMO! (A COW, MAN!) But I was ok because, sensing immediately that argento ventro (silver glass) didn’t taste good, I went “pLEHHHH” and spit out all of the silver, right next to la mia ragazza’s bare feet. Heeeeeee!
She grabbed my adorable scruffly face and pried open my jaws – AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH – and looked everywhere, didn’t see any sparkly bits on my tongue or large and pretty white teeth, and then decided I’d dropped all the glass, which, of course I did. Sheesh, like I’d eat glass. Shoes, maybe, or cell phones, and yes I have sampled tinsel and garland, oh, and some Tuppyware lids, and ok, paper napkins, Kleenex and toilet paper -- mmmm toilet paper, how can a girl resist! -- but glass? I think not. Sunglasses, yes, possibly. But not sharp shards of glass. I am simply too clever an Aire-girrl for such foolishness.

Second, la mia ragazza, thinking herself to be in the spotlight at Teatro alla Scala, sang this pazzo (crazy) and very annoying made-up song (to the tune of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" -- har dee har har!) …

Looocheeeeeeuh the big-nosed Airedale
Had a very large black snoot
And if you ever saw her
You would ask does that thing hoot

… all throughout the holidays, honking on my glorious muso (nose) each time she sang the last line. Santo fumo (holy smoke), already!!! After a while, I had such a mal di testa (headache) from her relentless singy songing and nose pinching that I had to nab a couple of her aspirine (aspirin) and gulp them down with my dinner kibble. Jeeeze, give it a rest!

Third, I passed my Manners Matter class, where I learned a tad about T-Touch but more importantly learned how to follow certain commands like “drop” during a walk, “heel,” “leave it/take it” (I rarely leave it; mostly, I take it!!! Heeeeee!!!) and those other usual suspects, “sit,” “wait,” “down,” and “here” and sometimes even will actually do them when asked. Assuming there are magnificently puzzolente (stinky) (Nooooooo, not THAT Stinky!!) treats in the offing, naturally. La mia ragazza says I am a training-fickle ‘dale. Pllllllbbbbbbbb!!!!

Fourth, I will start Foundation Agility with the best teacher in the universe, Julie, in January. La mia ragazza says agility training will be just the thing to help us work off those holiday treats and goodies ... mmmmmmmm treats and goodies....

Fifth, I met my very own mini-me, a Welshie -- like Hootie, Taffy and Dyos! -- whom I call, 'Panga.

She was in my Manners Matter class and is also in my daycare group. I love my daycare group, and I adore my pal, 'Panga. Everyone says, oh Lucia, she is so cute, she looks just like you. Well, I know that!! Santa vacca, as if I don’t know what I look like!!!

Sixth, I was granted admittance to the Inner Sanctum, i.e., la casa di mio nonno (my grandpa’s house). Oh, I’ve always been allowed to visit there, but I was confined to the sun porch and was forbidden to be on any of the furniture. But now, Grandpa says I can come inside and even lets me take naps on il divano (the sofa) because he says I am un cane dolce (a sweet doggie).

Awwwwww, well sure I am! “Dolce” is part of my big official name, after all!! Now, of course, occasionally I get a little rowdy and grab up his pantofole (slippers) and chase around the house shaking one of them in my mouth, but COME ON, I’m a terrier! I have to grab and shake SOMEthing!!!

Seventh, I received un letto nuovo eccellente (an excellent new bed) and some wonderful pressies for Christmas, because, as la mia ragazza explained, I am a good girl. Ah, everybuddy loves Lucia!!!!

Eighth, and speaking of beds, because my beloved personal space – aka, my cozy crate --

-- is still at la mia zia Conni’s casa (where I will again), I slept crateless for the first time ever since coming to live with la mia ragazza. While I, Lucia, was perfectly and totally fine with curling up on the bedroom floor, la mia ragazza was so overstressed about my lack of crate that she patted the foot of the bed and said, “Lucia, up,” and that’s where I slept for the next few nights, before we came to Grandpa’s for Christmas. Full access to the hoooman bed!!! La mia ragazza says she was very proud of me because I didn’t crowd her too much. (Heeeeeeee!! THAT won’t be the case for long, will it!?!) She said, Lucia, you have nice manners … sheesh, I passed my manners class, remember!?!?!?

Ninth, la mia ragazza told me about my papa and showed me this fotografia of him, which is on the cover of an Airedale book that she found on the internets:

Isn’t he a dilly of a dad!? Just look at that fantastico profile!!!! Muahhhhh, muahhhh and triple muahhhhh!!!! La mia ragazza said Lucia, you look so much like your papa, which – for the love of Pietro (Pete) – why wouldn’t I???!?! He’s my papa!!

And tenth, speaking of gorgeous, handsome Aire-boys, my darlingest buddy, Cache, now carries the title CAMPIONE (CHAMPION) before his name!!! Yayyyyy! My beloved pal got his final AKC points in November. Here is his official photo. Isn’t he amazing and beautiful?? MUAHHHHS OF THE SMOOCHIEST ORDER!

Tanti baci, everybloggie!



Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...


She lives!

How nice to see woo again!


Happy 2010 to ALL of WOO!


Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...


Just today our Mom told us she thought you'd never come back. We have all missed you so much. And we're sure you remember your little Scottie pals (just like your beloved Jinxy!!)

Please come visit us sometime.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Ruby said...

Great to hear what you've been up to lately. Sounds like you are doing really well with your training - agility is the best fun, I'm sure you'll love it.

All the best for a happy new year.

Ruby and Gracie

Noah the Airedale said...

Dio mio, dove sei stato hehe.
Well actually we know now and it sounds like you've been very busy.
It's very good to hear from you.
Glad the bawble munching didnt end in a disaster.
Happy new year mia amica.

Noah xx

Persephone and Buster said...

DOLCE LUCIAHHHH!! you're here...on the bloggee. whooOOOOooooo000... you have been gone for so long-----i kept looking and looking for you...when there were pumpkins...then turkey's and santa paws came.. and now....HAPPPPEEEEE NEW YEAR... we've already had lots of snow ...and last we heard...we were looking at blue holes. santa vacca i missed for the xmas silver ball -- uh.. not a swift thing to do. you and sephie have something in common..we used to call her sawtooth sephie when she was a pup.. she chewed the screen out on a door...and part of the kitchen wall..and a corner of a table... maybe it's a girl thing. well i'm glad that you've gone to the ms.manners school of learning and will soon learn agility. ms. blue just loves agility.
Good to hear your grampa is enjoying your company..tell you ragazza my humomm sez hi and happy new year!
tanta baci belle luciahhhh..
theBUSTER, Ms.Persephone & Ms. Blue

Inky and Molly said...

Yay, she's back!!!
Mille grace for filling us in on all your adventures. We would have loved to munch some baubles with you just to see the expression on pinkie's face..
We hope you'll show your black hooter more often again around here, from now on and forever and ever...Let that be your pinkies new year's resolution..

Lorenza said...

Happy New Year Lucia!
Sure you have been busy!
Thanks for all the news!
Kisses and hugs

Maggie and Mitch said...

How wonderful to hear from you, Lucia! You sure have been one busy girlie!
Happy New Year to you and your family!
Please don't eat any more glassball ornies!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello lucia its dennis the vizsla dog hay long time no see!!! hay the krismas ornamint sownds a littel bit owtchee i am glad yoo did not eet it!!! and isnt sleeping on the hyooman bed the best??? it is almost as gud as dinner or performing persunal hi jean!!! ok bye

Baby Rocket Dog and Hootie said...

Welcome back to bloglandia! Busy girl you. Thanks for passing on the "Rudolph song" our mom wants to sing it to ME!! Why did I think you were preggers?? Oh well, silly me. Agility training and up on grandpa's sofa?--bowWow you've come a long way girl. Glad to have you back!!XOXOX-BabyRocketDog

That Panga is one cute Welshie. Could you introduce us??! My sweetlove, Lacie, only toys with my affections and has tons of other guys. Agatha, though she did date me,thinks I'm too young for her, so treats me more as just a good friend. I need a poochiegirl who loves only me, so maybe, just maybe...?? Let me know okay?
Tanti baci to you sweetie!

Hollie and Janie said...

My sweet friend! I've missed you so much! It sounds like you've been very busy! My grandaddy sneaks me snacks, too! I'm glad you didn't really eat the glass ball! I actually did eat a few ornaments from grandmama's tree. They were dough ornaments which mama's niece's had baked and decorated! I thought they were doggy treats hanging for me to enjoy!
Glad to see your pretty face!!

Eric said...

Lucia! Wagging to see you back on your bloggie, hear all your news and see your bella boat race!(face)

Crickey. You've been busy. Now. The commando thingies. Do a deaf 'un whenever you here the Drop IT one (almost as bad as The Leave it) unless it's a glass bauble of course which you knew.

Agilities is well wicked - here's my tip. Run the course with Momma then at the end do a quick about turn and run the course back on your own. I used to do this EVERY time. Heeheehee gets you extra goes,laughs from the leggeds and mucho red face for Mom. Well worth it. Have fun!

Wiry love n kisses Eric xx

Sherry said...

Oh my goodness, how wonderful that you're back to tell us all your adventures.
Heh heh, I talked her into letting me up on the human bed, too1
And when he's up there, I have peace and quiet.

Agatha and Archie said...

WOW you have been SO busy!!!! But really ......ON THE BED...THE BIG rule..we are only next to the big bed...Sometimes we make a vertical jump ONTO the big bed...but that seems to be always squashed for some reason....Archie and I were tickled pink to see you back.. and now he can TONS of words to use...You can sort of imagine which he has chosen.....Love A+A SANTO FUMO........your pals A and her brother puzzolente arch

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

You're here againnnnnnnn!!!!!!!
che bello dolce Lucia!!!!!!!!!!!
Come stai????
Buon Anno a te e alla tua ragazza!!!!!!
As we can see you had a very very very busy time with your ragazza and your parents!!!
We love all your oics but the one where you're sleeping on the sofa like an ngel is our preferred!!!
You look soooooooooooooooo cute!!!!
WE LOVE YOU A LOT sweety!!!
and pleaseeeeeeeeeeeee....don't disappear more ok????!!!!!
Have a wonderful 2010!!!!
Hope to hear from you again very very soon!!
Tons of love and kisses!!

TwoSpecialWires said...

This blog post provides a PERFECT example of why we miss you! We hope you'll stick around ... we love reading all about your vita meravigliosa wonderful life (how'd we do?)

Love and miss ya
Jake and Fergi xxoo

Tosca the Lakeland Terrier said...

Ciao Lucia! Looks like you've had some fun times! I too got to sleep outside of the crate for the first time recently. Why does that stress the homies out so much? Ridiculous!

Anyways, happy new year e tanti auguri!

Nelly said...

Hi Lucia,
You have been such a busy girl since we last heard from you. You managed to sleep on your mum's bed - that is a magnificent achievement even we haven't managed!
It sounds like you are being a good girl at your classes too. Well done!
See you soon.
Nelly xx

Nancy Richards said...
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Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

oh so nice to see you back!

And to read all your news, although some of it kinda scary, keep safe please!

lotsaluv, Marvin xxxxxxxxx

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

LUCIAAAAAAAAAAAA............Your uncle is here in Acqui Terme????
We can't believe it!!!!!!!!!
Acqui is only 30 minutes far from here!!!!!!
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww......can he hiding us in his suitcase????
So we could come over there and know you and your sweet ragazza!!!!!!!!!!
And we missed you tons!!!!!!
How are you and your ragazza???
awwwwwwwwwwwwww......we're so sad you wasn't able to come here with your uncle!!!!
maybe next time!!!!!!!!!!!
Hope to hear from you soon!!!!!!!!!
HAve a wonderful day!!!!!!!!!!

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

Vado Ligure???!!!
We usually go to eat in a fantastic restaurant in Vado called "La trattoria del camionista"!!!!!!
Did your uncle go to eat there????
tell him to try's fabulous!!!!!!!
and Oliveri store is fantastic!!!!!
Next time we hope to meet him!!!!!

So you was in Italy some years ago??? you think to come here again????
We would love to have you as our special guest!!!!!!!!
Can't wait to see what your uncle will bring to you girls!!!!!!!!!!!
Sweet kisses and licks

Deetz said...

Thank you so much for the air-hugs and thinking about our family.
It means everything to us.

violett said...

Hello Lucia, I am pleased also to meet you! My grandmother is also a Jalomonis.
She is called lady Lynn. That is a coincidence!
I will look now also repeatedly with you in the blog. My mummy speaks and writes only a simple English. We ask for apology.
Many dear greetings of Mischka from Germany