the "Cave Canem"
(beware of dog) sign beside the front door is no lie for this domus is defended
by two dogs - a massive Molossian (ancient ancestor of most of today's
Mastiff breeds) and a dainty little Melitta (Maltese).
Don't let Argos frighten you. He's
big, but all bark. Isn't he a fine specimen of a Molossian (ancient
ancestor of most of today's Mastiff breeds)?
Actually little Issa is much more likely
to draw blood, or so the servants tell me *G*. But she's such a sweet
little Melitta dog (Maltese)!