'My husband and I had been talking about the possibility of getting a dog for some months through 2017, and always knew we would adopt a rescue dog. We knew we wanted a hound-type of dog and were thinking of a rescue greyhound or lurcher. At this point we had not even heard of the Podenco breed.
A friend who already has a rescue Podenco suggested going to the Podencos in Need Scotland (PINS) charity and rescuing a dog from Spain. When I researched the breed and realised the cruelty these dogs suffer in Spain, it was a no brainer and I contacted PINS to adopt a dog. Tino was being fostered in Edinburgh and came to visit us in our home first to see if he would be ok with our 3 cats, and introductions went well. He came to live with us at the end of September 2017.
He had been a stray in Lanzarote for over 2 years and unsurprisingly did struggle at first, particularly with men and with dogs he didn’t know. Watching him blossom over the last 4 months has been fabulous. He is brilliant with people and other dogs now, although does still have an issue with the letter box! He is also brilliant with our cats (so it is absolutely not true that sight-hounds cant live with cats!) and regularly sleeps on our bed with our boy cat Woody and with our older girl Venus on the sofa. Our lives have been changed hugely for the better, we love him to bits!'
Thank you for sharing your story of Tino, wishing you lots of years of fun with him.