I've known Eva Andrews for several years. She is a fundraiser and supporter of Scooby Medina and works very hard on their behalf. We worked together on the rescue of podenca Estrella, left behind in the cell in Jaen perrera when her 3 galgo cellmates were saved by GRIN. Here's her story.
It's 10 years since Bev Farmer first met Tilly and so began her journey into the world of the podencos - life was never to be the same! Bev tells her story.
10 years ago this month I encountered my very first Podenco. We had suddenly lost one of our dogs and called into a local shelter. Tilly was curled up in ball shivering and looking so vulnerable, so yes we will have her. She had been discovered in a large refuse bin covered in rubbish with one of her front legs badly broken.
So, having absolutely no idea what a “Podenco” was, we took her home.
I receive dozens of photos each week of galgos and podencos needing help; the ones which really break my heart are the puppies and injured dogs. This photo was the first one I receive of a puppy in a perrera, due to be killed. I appealed to Tina at Galgos del Sol, the little pup was saved from Jerez perrera in January 2011, and called Angela after her foster mom. Sadly little Angela fell sick of parvo disease and died the following month. But her legacy lives on in Little Pod Foundation and Angela tells the story of their work and why they do what they do.
Such a cute little pup, born to an abandoned podenca at Javea, Costa Blanca. Introducing Podenco Ibizan Hound - Jasper. Megan tells his story.
'All my life I have wanted a dog, but work and travel commitments prevented me from doing so. When we moved to Spain I decided the time was right and fate must have heard me say so, because we spotted an advert in our local paper for podenco puppies available mid January (2009), just in time for my birthday!
I've fostered quite a few podencos, mostly the rough-haired type, from mainland Spain. One of the most beautiful stories is that of Estrella. In December 2009 I posted a picture on Galgo News of 3 galgas and a podenca in a cell in the killing station in Jaen. Rescue of the 3 galgas was arranged but somehow the podenca was overlooked. I received an appeal from across the ocean in Canada - the podenca is still in Jaen, can you get her out?
So the wheels were speedily set in motion and the podenca was rescued and taken to a refuge. An association with whom I work closely, L'Europe des Levriers, then agreed to help get the podenca from Jaen to Madrid, from where I could collect her, along with other galgos we were bringing out to France for rehoming. So there we were, at the beginning of February 2010, meeting up with Estrella - as the podenca had been named - to bring her home to foster.
Happy Endings is a small association in Chiclana, Cadiz, run by Margarita Gloerson, a Norwegian lady who could not stand by and see the abandoned, starving, injured podencos dying by the roadside. This is the story of Happy Endings.
'My name is Margarita Gloersen from http://www.happy-ending-final-feliz.eu/ in Chiclana de la Frontera, Cádiz. I have been working with dogs since I arrived Chiclana in 2005. I am from Norway, and when I came I just could not believe my day to day experiences with animals lying in the road, killed by cars and all the others just left to themselves with no chances to survive in the long run. Sooner or later they would become run over by cars, since all the trash bins are alongside the roads.
Through my passion for greyhounds/galgos and subsequent involvement in publicising the plight of the galgos in Spain, I was introduced to the Podenco, used in Spain and the Spanish Islands for hunting rabbit. Whilst they are not abandoned each year in such huge numbers as the galgos, the life of a podenco runs parallel in many ways and they too suffer indescribable cruelty at the hands of the unforgiving hunters.
Through Galgo News I have met a couple of British volunteers who live on Lanzarote and are very involved with the SARA Lanzarote animal shelter and raising awareness of the problems faced by the podencos there. What you will read here also applies to the life of a podenco on mainland Spain too.
Podencoworld is a marvellous website dedicated to publicising this much maltreated breed of Spanish and Portuguese hunting hound. Like the Spanish galgo espanol, they suffer horrendous cruelty and maltreatment at the hands of the Spanish hunters, who show no mercy towards these loyal and affectionate hounds. Here's Edwin's story.
I first came into contact with podencos around five years ago. My cousin's dog was deceased so she was looking for another dog. To help her, I went looking for a puppy over the Internet. I was already searching for quite a while when I found a website from a foundation with Spanish adoption dogs. Soon I got a smile on my face because I saw a dog with disproportionate ears, this was Chica. I liked her instantly, I thought she was totally awesome, every time again was I drawn to her picture and I became happy looking at that crazy little head with floppy ears.