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Category Archives: Colomba



 This is a super fighter girl!
 She is fantastic, amazing and beyond the words I can find to say about her.  As you could read on earlier blogs about Colomba, she was picked up from one horrible shelter and was sick. She had been there for 7 long years. She went in for emergency surgery her uterus was bleeding and had to be removed. After that she was the wonder dog again. She is always happy wagging her tail, loves her own room with bed and comforts (no dogs are in cages)

Then a couple of days ago she didn’t want to eat and she got a fever. She was rushed to Dr Damiani’s clinic and an ultra sound was done. Internal bleeding.

Dr Fransesco was called in (22 december) to assist the surgery.

 For several hours they worked on this 15 year old girl. Yes Dr Damiani and the team knows and are extremely upfront to tell us if the dog is suffering, or….if she would be full off cancer.

 This was taken out, tumor and the spleen. It will be sent for examination so we can know more about the “alien” looking thing.

Colomba is back at the hospice and doing wonderful. Thank you Dr Damiani & Dr Fransesco for saving her life, despite Christmas closing and with all the Christmas stress they went in and saved our Colomba.

That’s Amore!



This morning did the volunteer team notice something was strange with our Colomba, a note was being made. Martina went there in the afternoon and realized something was really wrong. In her little red Fiat she rushed Colomba to the Dr Damiani clinic (Dr Fransesco in background)

She is suffering from pyometra, and since she already is not very strong after several years in a cage, under weight and old she is in a very big danger. Right now she is under a lot of fluid and antibiotic.  Keep your love, prayers and thoughts going for her. We will keep you updated as often as we know anything.

In the papers it says she is sterilized, but we can tell you she is not– a uterus never lies!

Our love Colomba.



 When I saw this picture my heart melted. When I read she was 15 years old and had lived in a shelter together with 180 dogs on a concrete floor for many years, my heart stopped. I had to have her adopted to our hospice down in Italy. To find a candidate for our hospice and to chose only one is heart breaking. Some shelters do not adopt out their dogs, they only want the money (we turn these down).  But in this case, we knew these volunteers from before and they accepted our wish to adopt Colomba.

 My family and I drove and picked her up. The poor darling was so filthy, with a lot of matted hairballs together with old poop dried in. Her teeth were rotten and green and she could not eat dry food, and that had caused her to be just skin and bones.  She also suffered with a chronic ear-infection that was so painful that she didn’t want you to pet her head. She was anemic, and had an abscess as big as a man’s fist on her neck, horribly infected. Colomba’s heart was strong but body and mind exhausted.

 We are very lucky at the same time to get a wonderful new volunteer. Ellen is an American veterinarian who recently moved to the Naples area. With her skills and passion, Colomba got her treatment right away. I loved when I heard Ellen call her “Princess.” Together we took her for blood work and extra health examination at DR Damiani clinic.

We are all so madly in love with Colomba. Despite being in a cage on a concrete floor since 2005, her tail kept wagging when we bent down, looked into her eyes and told her how pretty she was. That tail tapping out the morse code for love: “thump, thump, thump.” That’s Amore.