Children adore this story, which is a lovely example of how well the Italian Spinone dog fits into family life - and the need for flexibility and a sense of humour!
We reproduce it here courtesy of Spinone Rescue U.K.
Simply take :
1 whole chicken cooked in a casserole dish
1 large cast iron casserole dish (with chicken casserole)
1 deep set range cooker
1 brown roan Spinone pup called Hector (although any Spin is welcome to give this a shot)
1 small baby boy needing a bath
2 curious neighbours
At this point you should have :
but (here comes the good bit) ...
… WHERE OH WHERE IS THE CHICKEN?!!
On the floor will be one cast iron casserole dish and lid which are both completely clean, so clean they look like they looked the day they came home from the shops and have never looked since they were first used to reduce a tomato sauce.
There is also one dent on the wooden kitchen floor but - no chicken of any sort – not a scrap.
Not even a carrot from the casserole.
There are, however, two neighbours standing outside peering into the (basement) kitchen. They then come in and explain how they have watched* Hector wriggle and wiggle and shimmy and slither himself up and across the range cooker.
And, with infinite and never to be under estimated Spinone patience, determination and finesse, Hector hooked the casserole dish with his paw, pulling it bit by bit and ever closer to the edge of the cooker until ...
WHAM – whole thing down, eaten, licked, chewed and relished.
Mum is grateful that there is still some wine, and that she has the phone number for take away.
Of course Hector sleeps peacefully for about six hours, shows absolutely no ill effects from eating the entire casserole and is ready to go, go, go again when he next wakes up.
* In the neighbours' defence, they did also ring door bell, but bath time was clearly too noisy!
Photos of the Italian Spinone puppies on this page are by kind permission of Ben Burkland and Carolyn Cook on Flick'r.