Cirneco dell Etna
Picture of Francesca, a female Cirneco dell Etna

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Home:Austin, a  
Age: 15 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Quick Bio:

Running, especially if chasing small animals, sleeping under the covers at the foot of the bed, snuggling into the smallest possible spots on the sofa (ideally between two people...warm!), and showing everyone her tummy

Being cold!

Favorite Toy:
Her bed...she's not into toys at all, unless it's stealing a ball from Seamus when we're playing fetch...then she just runs off with the ball!

Favorite Food:
Anything raw and some fancy dry food for highly active dogs...I can't keep weight on her!

Favorite Walk:
Fort Funston or Bernal Hill (when we lived in SF), but she's pretty fond of her nice, big yard now

Best Tricks:
Hunting rabbits!, showing her tummy, stealing stuff from Seamus, fitting in tight places, and giving kisses

Arrival Story:
Cesca's first home wasn't good to her, and her owner gave her up. She was a shy baby, and she was in her fourth home by the time she was four months old, but she's totally forgotten all about that, and she's just a sweet lover now.

When we lived in Northern California (SF), we tried lure coursing, but 'Cesca was too smart for that. She saw no point in chasing a plastic bag. Instead, she took off into the field in search of actual game. We tried several more times, but it just wasn't her thing. She'd encountered some interesting creatures, but she could never make much sense of the occasional baby possums that would show up in our yard and play dead. They confused her more than anything, I think. Then, in June of 2005, she saw her first squirrels! It was like a light went on in her head, but she couldn't figure out how to cimb trees. Now, the squirrels delight in staying just out of her reach, but she's had some near misses, and it's great to watch her try to figure out how to get the furry things. They've become her nemesis and a source of much amusement for the rest of us. In October of 2006, 'Cesca saw her first rabbit during the hunting trial at the National Cirneco Specialty. She was almost the last dog of the day to go, and none of the others, including some champions from Italy, were able to even find a rabbit, much less catch one, but my girl was on a trail almost immediately. When we went to search in another spot, one bounded out of some brush and crossed the clearing in front of us. With one shout from me, she saw it and darted. It was the most incredible thing to see her ancient hunting instincts kick in. She had already wowed the Italian judges with her looks and temperament, but when she won the hunting trial, she knocked their socks off! I've never been more proud of her, and I'm a proud mom every day, no matter what. Then, that afternoon, she took third in a very big class in the conformation show, and it was just the icing on the cake. From the shy little girl I took in when she was just a few months old, she's become an amazingly gifted, sweet, and beautiful little lady, and I am so incredibly blessed to have her in my life. Even little Seamus kinda likes her, and he's hard to impress. :) I always used to joke that she was just waiting to catch a squirrel that couldn't climb, and I guess that's just what she did. At first, I was somewhat mortified, but then I realized that this is what she and her ancestors have been bred to do for untold centuries, and that she knew it and did it without any training whatsoever is truly miraculous, so any horror is quickly replaced by loving admiration of the wonder of nature.

Forums Motto:
The Fearless Hunter of Rabbits!

The Groups I'm In:
Endangered breeds

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 31st 2004 More than 12 years!

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