Shimoni was born into a purebred litter of a broken home. His father was an absentee parent; his mother, a neurotic mess unable to keep up with the demands of her nine pups.

Adopted at an usually young age, Shimoni opened his eyes into life as the small dog of an aristocratic family. He, his Count, and his Contessa, divide their time between a top floor apartment near Piazza del Popolo in Rome, and a sprawling Tuscan vineyard in the countryside near Sienna, where he is known to all as "Jack of Hearts".