In 2007 we were host to a stray dog called Maddey who had been born somewhere around Cantueso and was a real scavenger. We fed her but she remained aloof and would not permit any hand contact. And then one day we realised that she must be pregnant, and we didn’t have long to wait, as that night she gave birth to seven puppies under the staircase behind the restaurant The most surprising thing about the puppies was that they were all so different This puzzled us until our vet Mario told us that it was quite possible for a litter to have different fathers. We then recalled seeing several man friends visiting Maddey, and these included a Dalmation, Yorkshire terrier and others of mixed breeds.
Our photo shows just five of the puppies but six did survive and after a struggle we found homes for them, with two going abroad one to Germany and one to Finland. The one that went to Finland (second from the front) had been jokingly called Feo (Ugly) because she was a most odd looking, hairy dog, possibly the result of a liaison with an Afghan Hound. However she was registered as “Bonnie.”
Some years ago we had heard from her new owners in Finland and knew she had gone to a good home and now this week we have had an update with this photo of “Bonnie” 11 years old and looking gorgeous.
Footnote: After these unexpected arrivals we thought it best to have Maddey spayed and after a few comedy moments trying to catch her we succeeded and off with Mario she went in a cage. To our surprise she came home after the op in the back of Mario’s car without a cage and completely at ease. This was just before Christmas 2008 and when released Maddey went off into the countryside, no doubt checking the rubbish bins as always and maybe stealing the odd chicken! For a few weeks she came and went as normal but then one day she never returned. Sadly we have no idea what happened to her.
Postscript: June 2021
Sadly we have been informed by Bonnie's family in Finland that she has passed away. She was fourteen, and had been a very special and much loved member of her adopted family. Probably the luckiest "campo" dog ever to find such a caring family thousands of miles from her birthplace.