Introducing the newest member of the clan- Puffo! We picked him up last night, he was abandoned at just one day old and hand-reared by a young girl who works at the 'gattile' (where they keep cats for adoption). The veterinarian thinks he is a cross between a Siamese and something else- he has blue eyes, gray and white coloring, and even spots like a leopard and stripes like a tiger. I've never had a cat, nevertheless a four-month-old kitten before, so it's going to be quite the adventure. Especially because Massi is slightly neurotic about cleanliness and the impeccable state of the furniture...I've been following poor Puffo around like a nut making sure he doesn't so much as think of climbing on the couch or touching a paw to anything that isn't his toys or blankets. I'm fairly terrified of him doing his business in the house as we are aiming to have him go outside in the garden. So this morning, after several back and forth carries to and from the garden and excessive lamenting on his part, Puffo finally got the idea. Jasmine 1 - Puffo 0.
I've planned our cats' names since before moving to Italy, so I knew I would always have a Puffo. In Italian, Puffo is the name for a Smurf as well as a gelato flavor that is the same bright blue color. While the gelato is one of my favorites (read this post), I didn't choose Puffo for the association with Smurfs- I just like saying Puffo. Say it with me now and you'll love it too- puffo, puffo, puffo. Isn't that fun and silly at the same time? It also kind of reminds me of 'puffy' in English, another word I like.
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Jasmine is a former pharmacist turned writer and wine drinker from Alberta, Canada living "the sweet life" in Bergamo, Italy.
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