We adopted Lucas, our Podenco Maneto, in 2012 through Podenco SOS. We’d made the decision to get a dog a while before and wanted to adopt a rescue dog rather than buy from a breeder or a pet shop. We’d been in a lot of contact with the RSPCA and the Dogs Trust but they weren’t able to rehome any of the dogs in their care with us and we ended up on a waiting list.
My wife, Seiko, found out about podencos and the wonderful rescue organisations online. I’d never heard of podencos before! We enquired with Podenco SOS about a few of the dogs that they’d put on their facebook page but they’d all just been found homes. They suggested we visit Lucas, a Podenco Maneto, who was with a foster family in Surrey, a short drive from our home in Brighton.
I received a request from a Podenco adopter living in the Edinburgh area who wanted to meet up with other podenco people to share knowledge, experiences etc. Pam Mcleod of Podencos in Need Scotland got in touch with me to tell me about the Dog Play School in the area. Here's the story of how it came about.
'2 years ago I spent the day with 500 dogs in the perrera Tierra Blanca on Tenerife, and so the dream was born. I met Pacita, who, at 11 years old, had been found, heavily pregnant, caught and brought into the perrera, only to deliver 9 pups the following day, all but 2 of whom died to parvo virus. Pacita was still distraught at losing her pups and my heart broke for her. I met Pasha and Nico as well as many nameless hounds and fell in love with them all.
The next month was spent on a vertical learning curve about the practicalities and logistics of rescuing a dog from another country, and getting together the funds to fly Pacita from Tenerife to Edinburgh. Flying Fleeces was born to help raise funds and, after we got her home in February, PINS was born and, with it, the mission to make Scotland, Podenco-Central.
Mary Macdonald is flying the flag for Podencos in Canada. She's already adopted 2 and is about to get her third one. Here she tells her story.
"I am a volunteer for Greyhound Pets of Atlantic Canada (Branch Rep for my province of Prince Edward Island) and Galgos and Podencos of Atlantic Canada. It was though GPAC that I found out about these beautiful souls. I do meet and greets across my province, adoption applications and home visits.
We currently have 4 Podencos on PEI which I think is so wonderful for such a small Island. Our meet and greets and " word of mouth " are bringing attention to the podencos here and the rest of Atlantic Canada .
'On our return journey from England so Spain in September 2015, with our 3 Spanish rescue dogs, we pulled in with our Motorhome to a service area near Valencia for a welcome coffee stop. On entering the lorry parking area we both noticed a small brown head peering over a concrete block and at once looked at each other and said 'did you see what I saw'.
Behold a very thin young Podenco female emerged with a 5cm thick lump of rope round and hanging from her neck. Just able to stand but wagging the tail in a small movement to say Hallo! She knew instantly we would not hurt her,we had found a friend for life. On seeing our family she staggered over to greet them, so dehydrated and malnourished she went for the water first before a bowl of food.
'I worked for the rescue dogs and cats here in Torrox Costa. It is not a registered charity, just a kind German lady who started a long time ago by taking in stray dogs. She was reported to the council and was told she could not keep the animals in her penthouse apartment. She moved to the campo and lived in a large shed for a few years. Now she has a larger building with land and has built concrete kennels for the larger dogs, the smaller dogs and cats live in a gated area adjoining her home, she has 60 dogs now.
My dog and I live in Spain only in the winter now, he does miss the sunshine, so I work in the Spanish market every Monday selling 2nd hand goods. We also have extremely kind people who donate and help in different ways. My rescue Great Dane had recently died of old age and I decided no more dogs, as I was so devastated to lose her.
Then after a couple of months an Ibizan Hound was taken in and I knew I couldn't resist him, he took two hours to catch, his name is Pablo and I have had him for nearly nine years. I live in the country in Northumberland so in his younger days he caught many rabbits. He carried them home. He enjoyed every last morsel...there have been times when I have waited for him whilst he is hunting and thought I had lost him but as every Podenco owner knows too well, they always return but when?
I would just love another one, but not just yet.'
I spotted some lovely photos of a happy little podenca on one of my facebook pages and contacted her adoptant to ask if she would write the story of how she came to acquire a podenco. Jane is very happy to tell you Alma's story……..
I was teaching at Molino Del Rey (a yoga retreat in the Andalucian mountains in Spain) in July this year, and one morning, one of the students told me she hadn't slept well the previous night.....a couple of them had found three puppies dumped at the end of a field, with no food or water, just left in a box, abandoned. So, off we went, just a short walk up the road from the retreat and found them. We only had cows milk given to us very kindly by the retreat owners so we fed them where they were and they drank immediately.
Alma looked very different from the other two (who turned out to be mastadors, a cross between mastiff and lab), and from the moment I picked her up in my arms, she started to suckle on my neck (she was about 12 inches in length, so very small, and very young). I don't have children, and this little mite felt like the baby I never had. I was immediately attached to her.
I've always advertised the Canary Islands podenco rescue associations as they desperately need help to rehome these fabulous hounds. Here's a lovely story about two of them rehomed with Patricia Herrera and her husband.
'After finding out just how easy it was to adopt a podenco from Gran Canaria through the Saving the Gran Canaria Podencos page, thanks to the amazing help of a certain wonderful someone ... I decided that one podenco is never enough and decided to get a pod pal for Valentino, who at 1 needed a playmate as my other dogs are 11, 12 and maybe 16 years old!
As you can see it was a rip roaring success and Romeo and Valentino adore each other and coming from the perrera were both very well socialised and surprisingly also house trained despite their harsh upbringing.
Podencos are such beautiful, gentle and sensitive dogs they can find pound life unbearably stressful and often give up eating and lose the will to live and are so terribly grateful for being saved and shown the love they have longed for all their lives so adopting or fostering is incredibly rewarding.
A message from Rick Beauchamp.
Can anyone who has adopted a Podenco off us from SARA on Lanzarote please forward me a photo of your dog/dogs? SARA have asked for photos of the UK dogs to add to their site. I have many but recently cleared down many photos not believing that they would be used again!
Contact Rick here
Last month I posted an appeal for forever homes for Mom and Son Portuguese Podengos needing forever homes. I'm thrilled to bits to report that, thanks to Podenco Post, a lady in the US who had lived in Portugal and adopted Portuguese Podengos spotted my post, contacted Jacky Dias, and both dogs are now with her, together!
Once they have settled in and their characters developed, I've been promised an update about them, which of course I will share with you.