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.
Rick and Lesley Beauchamp are based in Leicester in the UK and for the past few years have worked in co-operation with the SARA Lanzarote animal shelter in the Canary Islands, rehoming podenco canarios, whose only hope of a life outside the shelter is to be adopted on mainland Europe.
Rick tells the story of his trips to collect the dogs in three parts, here is the first one.
'Well I went over to Germany the Saturday before last and returned with 4 dogs, 2 of which have already gone to their new homes a 3rd hopefully will be on his way once his ear infection is cleared up! The 4th is a real poppet Papel the Pod x Bardino and we are fairly confident of finding him a home pretty quickly.
Here's the story of Rick's trip from the UK to Lanzarote in April 2010.
'Well, we all got back safe and sound around 6am yesterday morning.
The trip was pretty uneventful really, we got to Cologne around 8pm on Monday evening and stayed in a very pleasant little hotel near the station. ( The rooms were on the 4th floor so it’s a good job that the Poddys were’nt being picked up until the next day) The lovely people in the hotel looked after us very well indeed, finding us a free parking space for the night and extending it through the following day until we were ready to leave.
Rick and Lesley Beauchamp are based in Leicestershire in the UK, and each year they travel to Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to bring home som Podenco Canarios, whose only hope of a forever life outside the SARA Lanzarote shelter is to be adopted on mainland Europe.
Here Rick talks about the project and the 3 trips he has made so far. What is hidden is the true International co-operation which goes on to bring the dogs to the UK; from them choosing the dogs in Lanzarote to arranging flight partners to take the dogs to Europe; to enlisting help from the German population to meet the dogs at the airports; to the absolute exhaustion that Rick and his friend Daryl submot themselves to over a couple of days.
Bebe is my miniature Podenca Andaluz. Here is her story.
Bebe was found, traumatised with fear, starving and dumped on a Seville autoroute. She had been badly injured by a vehicle and her left hind leg damaged to such an extent that she could not walk on it. She was rescued by a volunteer from an animal refuge and taken to her home. The following day, a vet at the refuge clinic diagnosed a badly dislocated hip and other wounds to her body from the accident. Her age was put at between 3-6 years old.