Gabriella shares the story of how she came to adopt Podenca Ivy.
'I here summarise my love story with Ivy.....
In all my life (I am 57) I have never had a dog. I always preferred cats (at present 3 fantastic cats, 1 Burmese and 2 Burmillas live with me in my apartment...). However, last year, I casually discovered the GACI, an Italian association for the recovery of greyhounds (from Ireland), galgos and podencos (from Spain). In this way I have heard about the destiny of these hunting and running heroes, the way they are fully exploited and, if they are very lucky, abandoned.
For everyone who generously gave to our appeal to fund vet fees for Podenco Bud and Moreno, with Podenco Friends in Murcia, here's a lovely video from Bev Farmer. Sit back and enjoy.
Buds Story.... handed into a perrera by a hunter with the explanation he had been feeding him but thought he was sick and that is why he was so emaciated. We took him into our care and blood tests revealed a different explanation, long term malnutrition, severe anemia. This is not an isolated case, many of the Podencos we rescue come to us in this condition.
I ask please share this video and let the world see what happens to many of the Podencos in Spain, for them its their reality Bud was lucky we got him to us in time watch the video although sad to begin with..... see the magic unfold
Please can we find a foster home urgently for pod x Aaron. He is one of over 80 dogs at Pepis Dog Refuge, Pedrera Seville. Another one dumped at the gates - it happens on a regular basis...dogs come in quicker than can be homed!!
Here's what Jane Brian says.
'I wonder if you can help with little guy? I have him living with us in the mobile home and I really don't want to put him in the refuge.
He is an amazing puppy, very intelligent and obedient.
We estimate that Aaron is around five months. He is house trained to a point, he does his big business outside, but still does wee wee inside, he hasn't grasped that concept as yet.'
Please contact Jane Brian direct, please help Aaron with either a foster home or, even better, a forever home.
I'm always sceptical of a person who gets involved with an animal rescue association and goes full on with volunteering, fundraising, getting involved with the running of the refuge...goes overboard in fact. Generally, they disappear in the same way - puff, often leaving a bad taste in the mouth on discovering they haven't been totally honest.
Such a situation has happened recently and, sadly, it's the refuge which suffers, the dogs which miss out...
I'll never understand people. Give me animals any day!
Another lovely video from Beverley Farmer of Podenco Friends.
Roxys two boys were born in the campo amazingly even with such a bad start in life they are really social. Their mum is a Podenco Campanero and these seem to have her laid back attitude. Both are vaccinated, passport and negative for med diseases, 7 months old.
Lovely pups cuddle monsters for adoption please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S dont forget to hit the HD button for better quality viewing
Jacky Hazelger and friends worked hard to help this injured and pregnant podenca. They put food out but were unable to catch her. Eventually she gave birth to a brood of puppies. And eventually Jacky and team were able to catch the puppies and finally the podenca! 5 months of patience paid off.
Here's what Jacky says.
December 2014 Azahar near Arenal, Javea, looking for food
The story of Azahar. Abandoned, on the streets, hit by a car, and then she had puppies... took us 5 months to catch her and her 7 puppies...but finally an happy end!
Whilst I do not support breeding podencos, here is a lovely story about the small Cirneco Dell'Etna podencos from Sicily, which are now making a name for themselves in Russia. Unlike the Andaluz, Ibicenco and Canario especially - of which there is massive over-breeding, abandonment and killing, the Cirneco dell'Etna is not well known. So Ekaterina Klimova tells her story.
I Ekaterina Klimova, have been studying and breeding Cirneco Dell'Etna for more than five years. The first woman introduced one to the city of St. Petersburg, imported from Sicily. Now in my kennel Mia Santo's three bitches Cirneco. Two females are involved in the breeding program, I want to receive and recover the ancient, beautiful unique type Cirneco Dell'Etna.