Felix , a golden retriever looking for friends
Felix is his name but he really is happy, at Fattoria del Colle he welcomes guests. He loves other dogs and children; he is greedy and loves cuddles and playing
Donatella Cinelli Colombini, agriturismo, Fattoria del Colle restaurant
It is wonderful when the Japanese tourists arrive with their uncertain English asking <<where is Felix?>>. Felix, the golden retriever at Fattoria del Colle is just so famous. All of the visitors photograph him, cuddle him, and send messages. He is a celebrity.
Visitors’ dogs are well accepted at Fattoria del Colle also because Felix adores them. He loves playing and he literally allows them to jump up on him. The only problem is with those on a lead, but as soon as they are set free they begin having fun together.
During the season he disappears for whole days with his new friends and returns so tired he practically is sleeping on his feet. There are then those dogs he likes so much that he cannot be without, Felix sits out of their apartment where the family is staying and bark up until they open the door.
Felix is a golden retriever born on November 24th 2010 in the Antica Etruria di Asciano kennel where he was named Valerio, name also on his pedigree together with those of his parents, grandparents, and their titles won in Italian and foreign competitions. He arrived at Fattoria del Colle when he was two months old straight after the death of my beloved collie Black. I used to cry while driving and couldn’t sleep at night and I was able to get over the nostalgia for my previous dog only thanks to the arrival of the yellow puppy. When he was small he was soft and fluffy but also smelly, as he had the habit of stinky flatulence, where everyone had to race away.
I did not like the name Valerio and so we held a survey online to find the most apt name for the puppy. Felix one, proposed by my friends Ulrike and Rolf Lieb Schaffer two German journalists. It is usually a cat’s name but it expresses perfectly the fun-loving character of our dog.
Felix is now enormous. Already when he was a puppy at the kennel I was surprised by the size of his parents, but he is even bigger and, fatter. He loves eating he loves being pampered. He is very particular about being stroked: he accepts effusions from tourists on the head, but from me, his favourite he likes them on his bottom. He lies down so that he gets in the way of everybody; he wags his tail, lifts a leg asking for a pat but with his expression pretends to not care.
He goes out alone, and this means we have to keep the door ajar several hours a day. In winter we get so cold be hates being hot, and he cannot resist sitting in my office that resembles and small furnace. Felix also hates shuts doors and exercise. He likes walking but not for kilometres and kilometres. He also hates water and doesn’t go out if it is raining, as he hates being washed. We no longer give him a bath and he doesn’t even use the mini pool we bought especially for him, but puddles and stagnating water are his passions. So in other words he is a very independent dog that is also slightly wild, but good, and he knows how to enjoy the pleasures of the Tuscan countryside like no one else. This is why the Fattoria del Colle definitely a pet friendly.agriturismo.