Unlike the keyboard bully to whom I refer in an earlier post, I don't profess to know all there is to know about podencos. Yes, I've been involved in their rescue, foster, rehoming for several years but in order to complete my definitive guide to the plight of the Podenco - From Pyramid to Perrera - I enlisted the help and experience of several other people involved in helping these wonderful hounds. There are new associations to add to the ever growing list on Podenco Post and only this week I have been introduced to one.
I'd like to introduce you to Charley, a podenco with TAIL Torrox, a refuge in Andalucia. Carly Cole tells his story.
I have a boy here by the name of Charley who I did actually rehome in October 2013 - unfortunately he was returned after two months as he has only known kennel life and was terrified of absolutely everything in the home. Here in kennels he is so confident, sociable and playful but in the home he was terribly anxious and had fits of anxiety where he was destroying things in order to get out of the home - he destroyed new water pipes that had just been laid so that he could run through the tunnel out of the garden.
When he came back here, he was so happy and excited to be back, it almost broke my heart.
He really needs owners that understand how sensitive Pods can be and that he will need a lot of patience. As I said, here in the refuge he is a completely happy dog and I had no idea he would be so upset out of his comfort zone.
Here are some photos of him - unfortunately his webpage is not finished yet (as well as managing the refuge and the physical care of the dogs, I also run the facebook page, emails and webpage - except there was no website so I've also had to learn how to build a website from scratch! My days never end!
Charley has been here since he was a pup, around 3 months old and is just over 2 years old now. He is castrated and fully up to date with a passport so it's just finding that special home for him. He can be very bouncy and wiggly and adores playing with the others in the garden. He won't tell another dog off and so sometimes means he can be a bit bullied. But there is one dog (Julie) that stands up for him when needed. He's so loving and such a fun little dog, I hate to think he would rather be here than in a home. They made up for his nervousness with food in the home I believe and so has come back a little bit chunky - he will do anything for food!
I agree with you completely about the frustration here - every time I think I'm getting somewhere in educating people at least about neutering, I have another box load of pups turn up at my gate. Just after Christmas I was actually hand-rearing 15 pups - one litter of 6 and one litter of 9. I'm not sure how I survived on almost 6 weeks of practically no sleep!