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Sicily tips for visitors

If you are traveling to Sicily please read this.

  1. I get many mails and requests of tips about Sicily; what to see, hotels to recommend, restaurants where to eat, what to eat, what to buy ecc. I rarely answer because it would be a full time job and I already have couples of activities to run every day. I recommend to go to the right side of this blog and click on Categories. There you find a collection of ten years of information about Sicily; places, towns, cities, beaches and much more. You also have a Search tool on the top where you can write key words and posts will come up.
  2. Abandoned cats and dogs. If you come here for a week or two and start to take care of street dogs and cats, do not expect to find a solution for the situation when you leave. In Sicily many animals lives on the streets, BUT many Sicilians are treating them well and leaves food. In many municipalities they have e.g. Cat Places where the municipality informs that they get fed daily. Here I have learned to always have foods e.g. in my car even if I do not have domestic animals and I leave foods outdoors every evening. Best way to help an animal, if you like, is to take it to the next veterinarian, fix a pass port and take the creature with you when you leave. The cat and dog was here before you came, and if it’s still alive it means they have foods somewhere in the area. Don’t expect to find a shelter or contact someone else to take over the “problem”. It is not always a problem, it is just a different system.

Welcome to Sicily!



Om du reser till Sicilien, l?s det h?r:

  1. ?Jag f?r m?nga mail och f?rfr?gningar om tips om Sicilien; vad att se, hotell att rekommendera, restauranger d?r man ska ?ta, vad man ska ?ta, vad man ska k?pa ecc. Jag svarar s?llan f?r att det skulle vara ett heltidsjobb och jag har redan ett par aktiviteter att ta hand om varje dag. Jag rekommenderar att du g?r till bloggens h?gra sida och klicka p? Categories. D?r hittar du en samling av tio ?rs information om Sicilien; platser, byar, st?der, str?nder och mycket mer. Du har ocks? ett s?kverktyg p? toppen d?r du kan skriva nyckelord och inl?gg kommer att komma upp.
  2. ?vergivna katter och hundar. Om du kommer hit f?r en vecka eller tv? och b?rjar ta hand om gatuhundar och katter, f?rv?nta dig inte att hitta en l?sning p? situationen n?r du l?mnar ?n. P? Sicilien finns m?nga djur p? gatorna, men m?nga sicilianare behandlar dem v?l och l?mnar mat. I m?nga kommuner har de t.ex. Kattplatser d?r kommunen informerar om att de f?r mat dagligen. H?r har jag l?rt mig att alltid ha mat, t.ex. i min bil ?ven om jag inte har husdjur och jag l?mnar mat utomhus varje kv?ll. B?sta s?ttet att hj?lpa ett djur om du vill ?r att ta det till veterin?r, fixa ett pass och ta varelsen med dig hem n?r du l?mnar. Katten och hunden var h?r innan du kom, och om den fortfarande lever betyder det att de har mat n?gonstans i omr?det. F?rv?nta dig inte att hitta ett hem eller kontakta n?gon annan f?r att ta ?ver “problemet”. Det ?r inte alltid ett problem, det ?r bara ett annat system.

V?lkommen till Sicilien!


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IKEA stray dogs taking a nap

In Italy you are allowed to bring your dog to IKEA. IKEA in Catania has also their own “stray dogs” watching the warehouse. And they are allowed to take a nap inside in the exhibition area by the entrance. Normally they eat and sleep just outside the entrance. No one gets upset, people are just fascinated about this. These dogs live here and are taken care of.


I Italien ?r det till?tet att ta med din hund till IKEA. IKEA i Catania har ocks? sina egna “herrel?sa hundar” som h?ller koll p? varuhuset. Och de f?r ta en tupplur inne p? utst?llningsomr?det vid ing?ngen. Normalt ?ter de och sover precis utanf?r entr?n. Ingen blir uppr?rd, m?nniskorna ?r bara fascinerade. Dessa hundar lever h?r och tas om hand.


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Dogs are welcome all over

Catania, and Sicily in general, is very dog friendly. Only place that is a little problematic is long way buses, but in general dogs are welcome everywhere. We have no problems to bring Jack London into stores, restaurants, hotels ecc. In Catania the municipality has also made couple of dog parks with fences where dogs can play freely. These images are from the central park called Gioeni and was recently made even bigger. There is another park in Vulcania. Here you have access to water for the dogs and trash bins. There are rules of course that you have to demonstrate the health card for your dog and female dogs in heat are not allowed to be brought. A police officer is also present in the whole park.

We are travelling to Scandinavia soon and have to prepare much more in advance for Jack London because it is more strict with domestic animals.


Catania, och Sicilien i allm?nhet ?r mycket hundv?nligt. Enda som ?r lite problematiskt ?r l?ngv?gsbussar, men i allm?nhet ?r hundar v?lkomna ?verallt. Vi har inga problem att ta med Jack London i butiker, restauranger, hotell etc. I Catania har kommunen ocks? gjort n?gra hundparker med staket d?r hundar kan leka fritt. Dessa bilder ?r fr?n den centrala parken Gioeni och har nyligen gjorts ?nnu st?rre. Det finns en annan park i Vulcania. H?r har du tillg?ng till vatten f?r hundarna och soptunnor. Det finns ocks? regler t.ex. att du kan visa ett h?lsokort f?r din hund och l?pande tikar i f?r inte komma. En polis ?r ocks? n?rvarande i hela parken.

Vi reser till Skandinavien snart och m?ste f?rbereda mycket mer i f?rv?g f?r Jack London eftersom det ?r mer strikt med husdjur.


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Dog Rescue

In Catania I have met many wonderful people rescuing abandoned dogs. E.g. in the park most dogs are adopted dogs or dogs people have found on the street. There are four dogs that were in such bad condition that the new owner has spent lots of money on Vet care and surgery to save the dog. There are some people who only take in abandoned dogs. We went to the Vet some weeks ago to check Jack London’s health and just that day in the queue were three streets dogs with fresh new owners waiting for their turn to get a total health checkup. Now lately we have also found associations where you can adopt dogs and our next dogs will be adopted. Feel a little bit stupid buying a dog after I found all these associations where you can find really nice dogs to adopt. Of course there are idiotic people here that abandon their dogs because they do not understand that a dog takes time and effort, but here are so many amazing people just doing the opposite….rescuing these dogs and takes them to their homes.


I Catania har jag tr?ffat m?nga underbara m?nniskor som r?ddar ?vergivna hundar. T.ex. i parken ?r de flesta hundarna adopterade eller hundar som hittats p? gatan. Det finns fyra hundar som var i s? d?ligt skick att den nya ?garen har spenderat massor av pengar p? Veterin?r v?rd och operation f?r att r?dda hunden. Det finns vissa m?nniskor som bara tar in ?vergivna hundar. Vi ?kte till veterin?ren f?r n?gra veckor sedan f?r att kolla Jack Londons h?lsa och bara den dagen i k?n var tre gatuhundar med nya ?gare som v?ntade p? sin tur att f? en total h?lsogenomg?ng. Nu p? sistone har vi ocks? funnit f?reningar d?r man kan adoptera hundar och v?r n?sta hund kommer att adopteras. K?nn lite dumt att k?pa en hund efter att jag hittade alla dessa f?reningar d?r du kan hitta riktigt fina hundar att adoptera. Naturligtvis finns det idiotiska m?nniskor h?r som ?verger sina hundar eftersom de inte f?rst?r att en hund tar tid och arbete, men h?r finns s? m?nga fantastiska m?nniskor g?r det motsatta…r?ddar dessa hundar och tar dem till sina hem. JL

Jack London

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Sexual education? Anyone?

I hear and see lots of strange things everyday, but this one took the top position of them all during all of the five years here.

We in the dog group were in the park yesterday and let the dogs run free. Later three women with kids passes and the mothers got scared when dogs went to them. The reason was not that they were afraid of the dogs, the reason was that the women got nervous the dogs would hump on them as all three got their period.

Me and the other female dog owner: ??????…and then try not to laugh in this situation.


Jag h?r och ser massor av konstiga saker varje dag, men detta tog toppositionen av dem alla under dessa fem ?ren h?r.

Vi i hundgruppen var i parken i g?r och l?t hundarna springa fritt. Senare passerade tre kvinnor med barn och mammorna blev r?dda n?r hundarna gick till dem. Anledningen var inte att de var r?dda f?r hundarna, anledningen var att kvinnorna blev nerv?sa att hundarna skulle hoppa p? dem eftersom all tre hade sin menstruation.

Jag och den andra kvinnliga hund?garen:? ??????….och sen f?rs?ka att inte skratta i denna situation.

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Since we got Jack…

Since we got Jack London and met people at the Vets office, it is nice to meet so many people who adopt street dogs. We have been there twice and already met four people who has bought and also adopt dogs. And at the Vets office you can put notice of dogs (and other animals) in need and where to find them, so other people can help them if you can not. In the pet store I have also met some adopted street dogs. It is heart warming to see. Love!


Efter att vi fick Jack London och tr?ffar m?nniskor p? Veterin?rkliniken, ?r det trevligt att tr?ffa s? m?nga m?nniskor som tar sig an gatuhundar. Vi har varit d?r tv? g?nger och redan tr?ffat fyra personer som har k?pta och ?ven f.d. gatuhundar. Och p? Veterin?rkliniken kan du l?gga information om hundar (och andra djur) i behov och var du hittar dem, s? att andra m?nniskor kan hj?lpa dem om du inte kan. I djuraff?ren har jag ocks? tr?ffat n?gra r?ddade gatuhundar. Det ?r hj?rtv?rmande att se. K?rlek! P1130311

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A new Family Member

Right after the trip arrived a new family member. His name is Jack London and is 2 months. So much joy in such a small package. He is born in Catania and eats homemade and organic foods.


Direkt efter resan kom en ny familjemedlem. Hans namn ?r Jack London och ?r 2 m?nader. S? mycket gl?dje i ett s?dant litet paket. Han ?r f?dd i Catania och ?ter hemlagat och ekologiskt.
Jack London 002

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