Podenca Fern was abandoned in the campo by a British guy and taken to Pepis Dog Refuge. After months of waiting she was taken to the UK and homed. She's now doing agility training and this weekend won her first clear round rosette. Wonderful!
Kaylee is Dog of the Month May...she's a podenco x and really would love a forever home. Have a look at her and contact Jane Brian if you have room in your home and heart for Kaylee.
The neglect of podencos
Writer: Jesus Villanueva Jimenez.
" Canelo is a podenco, although he is not aware of his advanced age. It's really not that old, if you had been adopted by a family animal lover; your age would not be an impediment. On the contrary, you would received more love and attention.
However, Canelo is owned by a hunter. The greater part of his life, along with other dogs of the same race, has been subject to being chained from the neck barely able to move on a square meter of rough, hard and cold cement. Between the walls of gray blocks, under a roof of asbestos, under the same conditions, lying on their excrement and urine, all with chains around their necks, toiling along with Canelo are a dozen more hounds. Sentenced to life imprisonment-never better.
Apologies, readers, that I didn't get to publish this on 1st May, due to being tied up with other things not involving computers! Here's what Bev Farmer of Podenco Friends wrote for Day of the Podenco.
'I wrote these words on the 2nd January 2014 on the day we rescued Jasira, today I reflect back and still the battle continues. Maybe one day those with the power to affect change here in Spain will recognise the Podencos for the national treasure they are, for us we continue to be their voice.
I see so many Podencos in so many terrible situations. I see them by the roadside badly injured, having been hit by a car and left to die. I see them wandering the countryside, emaciated and very often with broken limbs. I see them with their spirits all but destroyed from having been incarcerated in a perrera. After this amount of exposure to such horrific sights, it's hard not to begin to accept this as the norm here in Spain.
Associació animalista de les Illes Balears - we have rescued 23 podencos and are 36 are with Can Dog Ibiza. 23 podencos are now in Mallorca with Olga from Amics dels animals d'Esporles, with Laura from Rescate Animal, with Victoria from Pro animales de Mallorca and with Helga from Arca de Noé in Andratx.