My Boy was over with me for a week and it didn’t take long for us to both to be under the spell of small dog. An afternoon of name picking took place and when he finally looked interested in ‘Raphael’ and perked up his little black ears the Boy finalised that Raffi suited him very well. The 14c painter Raphael led a nomadic life and so the name seemed apt for this little wandering dog. Suspected part Tal Cacca and part Pointer, Raffi is an interesting mix of small black and white spots and large black patches, a typical looking Maltese hunting dog. He has the sweetest nature and is very loving, quiet and seemingly house trained. Although he arrived with a host of biting fleas, a dose of Frontline and a bath with anti flea shampoo very quickly got rid of them. He looks about a year old but a necessary trip to the vet soon will confirm that. He’s healthy enough but it’s always as well to check. The SPCA pay for neutering of all stray animals, so that will be done too. So for the meantime I am fostering Raffi until it is certain he does not have an owner who is looking for him. He is enjoying all the lovely walks I do here, sits quietly with me in the gallery and is generally settling in very well considering his ordeal....he’s a poppet !
Raffi and Boy loved the walk up the hill opposite Ta' Pinu Basilica. The views from the top offer a panoramic view of the whole island...stunning.
Raffi not yet convinced swimming in the chilly 19c sea is a good idea.