102 – Two Little Abandoned Puppies

Journal written by Eva (aged eight) from America

Driving back from the beach in Sperlonga, we saw two very little dogs.  We thought they were Cocker Spaniels. There was no mother. There was a boy and a girl.  Then we drove the rest of the way home. When we got home we told Paul and Louise all about it. They are the owners of the house that we were staying in  at  Tre Cancelle. They said we could go the minute we told them what had happened.  So we went to look.

When we got there we saw the two little puppies on the road.  They were scared at first, but then they got to know us.  We were thinking of feeding them so we drove them home. We used a big bin  for them to sleep in and a small basket with a blanket, and we put it inside the bin. Now they are sleeping safe and sound in the bin. They were stray puppies and now we are thinking of where we can find them a new home.

Early in the morning the puppies woke up Louise with their yapping as they were hungry again !  They were covered in fleas. We fed them and later we gave them a bath.  We used some shampoo and some neem oil to try and get rid of the disgusting fleas.

We took some photos of the puppies. They were so cute !!!

I went to Sorrento and Positano with my mom and my granddad and grandma.  We didn’t get home until 11 at night, but we had a great time.

While we were gone Louise and Paul used some more neem oil mixed with olive oil to try to get rid of the rest of the fleas.  It seemed to work.

Louise and Paul asked me to give the puppies names.

So I called the girl  “Little Lizzie” and the boy’s name  is “Mini Max”


The puppies have very different characters.  Little Lizzie is bright, adventurous and full of beans, while Mini Max tends to be more timid and apprehensive.  They both love cuddles and affection and are getting lots of attention from our guests.

We think that the pups may have some Brittany Spaniel in them, and will grow up to be similar to two of  our existing dogs (the “Terrible TwinsCara and Bella) who were also abandoned.



In Italy these are bred as hunting dogs, and we imagine that they were thrown out because Lizzie was the runt of the litter, and Mini Max was far to nervous to be a good hunting dog.

How anyone could just throw out little puppies of this age just beggars belief.  We think the pups are approximately 6/7 weeks old, and hardly weaned.

Little Lizzie and Mini Max

We are hoping to find them good homes, but if not this will bring the tally of “Woof-Gang” members up to 13 !!!

Any Donations to the “Tre Cancelle Woof-Gang Fund”

would be gratefully received !!!

Grazie !!!

You can see an Update about the Abandoned Puppies Here:


All photos by me © Louise Shapcott


Tre Cancelle Farmhouse Apartments Near Sperlonga Beaches and Historic Itri, South Lazio, Italy


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