Ha, ha, ha! “It’s my dog,” says Peggy. Bow, wow, wow. It’s a dog. It’s so cute. This nice little doggy goes woof, woof, woof.
Maria says he belongs to her. She loves him very much. The dog is called Tikkabella and he’s from Parisi. He’s a boy dog and he’s a stickybeak! Eileen shows us that the dog is wearing something around its neck. Ellen thinks it’s keeping the dog warm. Yianni (John) thinks Tikkabella is a racing dog and he’s wearing something to give him points and make him faster. He’s number 10!
“Does he answer to pup?” asks Bill. Bill points out that some dogs have a hard time and the lady next door might give the dog a belt. But Isobel says the lady next door to her would give the dog a treat.
Bill thinks that overall, dogs don’t have a good life. However, Crissie had dogs and cats and white mice and her family loved them!
Lance points out that the cloak around Tikkabella might have to do with a bullfight, with a sword and a cape. We know Tikkabella is a pet because he has a medal around his neck with a cross on it to keep him safe. Crissie says the dog’s name would be on the medal, so if he gets lost the police can take him home.
The dog’s full name is Tikkabella Christoferro, but Crissie suggests perhaps we could just call him “Bobby”!
Pam thinks that Tikkabella will go for a walk in the park, but Maria wants the dog to stay with her because she’s very lonely. After the park, Tikkabella will go somewhere else. Roberta thinks Tikkabella is very nice, but she thinks something unusual is going on with him!
Tikkabella is a very young puppy. “Oh, yes,” says Eileen. Isobel had a puppy, but he grew, and grew and grew, and the local children thought he was a horse. But he was very gentle. He could go over the fence. “You try to keep things out of puppies’ mouths,” says Isobel.
Ellen thinks Tikkabella will stay small.
Peggy had a dog that stayed with her and went everywhere with her. Bill says that every now and then the dog gets called Abbey. A girl or boy says “Come on Abbey!” Some people might say: “Where’s the bloomin dog gone?”
“The dog has gone to Katoomba,” says Maria! “That’s why he needs a cape to keep him warm,” says Crissie!
This story was created by Maria B., John, Bill, George, Roberta, Ellen, Isobel, Lance, Crissie, Eileen, Pembe, Yianni (John) and Peggy at Mary Potter House, Calvary Hospital, on 15 February 2016.