Here's an update on the story of podenca Elektra, having the time of her life in the US. Her mom Tracy writes.
'I was just googling pictures of Xarnego Podenco Valenciano dogs, that is what my precious girl Elektra is. I was so glad to see her picture pop up in the images, but feel it necessary to update her pics and her story today.
Myself and Petra Postma traveled to JFK airport, USA, to meet her flight from Madrid on Oct 1, 2012. She was absolutely terrified so we carried her in her crate to the car. we stopped in Pa to see if she would like to come out, potty and have a little drink and snack but she stayed as far as she could in the back of the crate and wanted no part of us "two legged animals."
When we got to Petra's home in Dillsburg we carried Elektra in the crate again to the warm and loving "welcome reception" which greeted her with their 4 friendly wet nosed hounds pressed up to her crate door. Petra and her family have a beautiful greyhound boy a very silly young Galgo boy and two Galgo girls. Elektra was so happy and so relieved to see some of her own kind.
We opened her crate door and she came out and promptly piddled on the carpet, poor little pod had gone forever in her crate! Anyway, Lehto who was all legs and personality, made friends with Elektra immediately.
We met a wonderful neighbour friend who is truly a dog whisperer, and Petra's husband and son. I will always be so greytful for their hospitality and for Petra's knowledge of Galgos and podencos...
We began our journey home the next morning and made it to Greensboro that evening.
Elektra's personality and sweetness has blossomed in this past year, she is far less fearful of strange women, but she is still very afraid of men she doesn't know. She loves to lay down in her favorite spot in the backyard with a tree behind her and survey her queendom! She has her friend Dream the bossy greyhound and they like each other very much!
Elektra goes to doggie day care for 1/2 day three days a week and loves to play with the puppies. We go out to Greyhound friends where she gets to romp and play with the big dogs. She has a friend who is often bullied by other dogs and is such a precious girl, she's short, boxy and plumpish but would never hurt a fly,, she smiles a lot and I felt like she and Elektra would hit it off and they sure did!
Elektra has never once shown her teeth but she will growl if someone approaches "her" fence, she is quite vocal when she is outside and strangers walk by. If they have a dog she is happy to see another canine but still barks at their human. I wonder if that is typical of a pod?
She is extremely smart and eager to please, very funny and very loving. I was ill recently and she positioned herself close by and would lie with me. When I got up, she would follow and watch.
I'm going to send a little video of her playing with two saluki friends,, one is actually a saluki/silky wind hound mix. They met at greyhound friends one day and bonded immediately!
Take good care and maybe we will see you at Greyhounds in Gettysburg'.
Tracy writes a blog about Elektra. You can read about her early adventures here
Below are a couple of photos of Elektra before she was rescued by Silvia Bordetas Gill of GalgoConnectionSpain.