This is the heart-wrenching appeal I received this morning.
My name is Ciara. I am writing to enquire about the possibility of rehoming my Podenco, Pepe, through your website.
I carried out an internship in Valencia last year, and, long story short, returned to Scotland six months later having rescued a Podenco puppy from the streets, nursed him back to health and brought him home with me. Since then, we have been blissfully happy together, and he's like my baby. But the bad news is that my circumstances have recently changed. I'm about to graduate from university and have been offered a job in Belfast, which is full-time, and in that instance I will be unable to continue looking after him. It's not a situation in which to keep a young podenco.
With all the appeals for help for podencos, it's great to have a lovely rehoming story. Robin and Ros Grover share theirs with you.
Our Podenco Story
We have had dogs over many years and mostly 2 at any time. In January 2013we had 1 mixed breed dog called Honey,and we were considering a second dog. At that point we had never even heard of a Podenco. We started casually searching dog rescues on the internet, and amongst that found some of the Podenco related rescue organisations. We had never imagined that you could have a rescue dog brought over from Spain and weren’t aware of the quarantine laws being changed. We could see the difference between the rescue dog situation in this country and the awful conditions in the Perreras and the terrible short life expectancies in those. We were horrified by the attitudes of the galgueros, and the medieval views on animal rights held by many in Spain. We knew we had to have a Poddy.
When I visited Bev and Warren of Podenco Friends in Murcia in September 2014, I watched the glorious game of hide and seek and catch-me-if-you-can between a tiny podenco puppy then called Sky and a larger 5-month old Podenco Ibicenco puppy called Rembrandt. Now you can read Sky's story - now called Leo - written by his forever Mom Alex Frederikson.
Bev Farmer of Podenco Friends has been accused of publishing propaganda about the plight of the podencos, that they don't have a hard life. Probably her accuser is a podenco breeder/hunter - they always claim there isn't a problem for the podencos! This is a video she made when she went to help with the Bullas Rescue - Operation Rehala - in March 2012. One thing not show is the trench where the bodies of dead puppies were thrown. Here's a link to the original story. 120 dogs were rescued.