Don't forget to check out my Podenco Post fundraising shop for those t-shirts to wear at your dog walks, dog shows etc, to raise the profile of these fabulous hounds. Mouse mats to use in the office, car sunscreens, bandanas for your dogs...all to order on this link.
So far this month, 25 podencos in perreras have been posted on my 'Podencos in Perreras' facebook page. That is just the tip of the iceberg. Many are starving, some are old, some of them are on CESE which means the hunter has handed them in and said 'kill as soon as possible'. One poor soul has had his ears and tail cut - they usually do this to dogs who hunt boars. shorter tails and ears usually means less hunting accidents with branches and even with the wild boars. They can even cut them legally in the region where it's not allowed, because according to the law, cutting the ears and tail off is better for the this kind of dog! He is still in the perrera.
Another sad story is of two podenco puppies - about 6 months old - rescued from a river. They had ropes found their necks attached to rocks. Sadly the little boy was already dead but the little bitch was still alive. She is now in the care of an association. (see photo below)
In the year 2005 my dear rescue dog, that I had adopted in 1990 from the shelter in Tenerife, died at the age of 15. I was heart broken and swore that I would never ever have another dog. However on the Internet I came across a rescue organization that had been rescuing dogs from Estonia since 2001. I was surprised that they had also few pictures of the Spanish dogs on their page. That of course got my attention as my deceased dog had been from Spain.
Calling people in the Malaga/Estepona area of Andalucia. If you have any puppies which qualify, get in touch with Nando Brown of In The Doghouse.
'We run a rescue pup course where pups around 10-14 weeks stay with a dog trainer for 5 days, do training, get socialised etc in the hope to get them rehomed - all with Nando. Have you heard of any pups around Malaga area that are in rescue that could take part? The last few have been really successful, a lot of the trainers have taken the ones they had, or helped find homes for them. Be awesome to get some Galgos or Podencos on the course.'
Some podencos live happily with cats, so I would like to share with you these wonderful photos to illustrate this. BUT care should always be taken when introducing the two species. Thank you to Bev Farmer, Natalie van Noten and Flavia Schwarz-Greiter. (Please do not resuse pix without the permission of these ladies)
On a recent post on my Podenco Post facebook page, a question was asked for help with insuring a podenco in the UK. Below I have posted the thread of the conversation. If any of you have experience which you can share, please do. (Each paragraph is a comment by a different person).
'Some breed assistance with insurance please. Hope a Spanish Podenco three year old came from mainland Spain. Tesco pet insurance is classed as an Ibizan hound cost £12 month. Theo a Podenco Canario from Lanzarote, they want to class as a Cirneco dell'Etna same age cost £27 a month. They are now looking into matters but I suspect many of you are far more knowledgeable with the breed so any help you can give will be appreciated and any info on who you use to insure your poddies?
If you click on this link, you can read why Ellen, passionate about podencos,is rising to the challenge of the Duathlon at Clumber Park, Worksop on 21st March. Bud is the latest incumbent to be taken in by Podenco Friends. Please sponsor Ellen if you can and share with everyone. She's in training, runs to work and back every day, for starters, whatever the weather.
And for anyone who lives near Clumber Park, please go along on 21st March and support this amazing lady!
News from Italy sent to me by Daisy, who translated From Heaven to Hell into Italian.
'Good news from Italy!
After the shock of the news that, in order to lighten the massive amount of work for the Italian magistrates, some crimes (animal mistreatments included!!!) would have been considered as "less severe" -meaning no prison for animal torturers- thousands of people showed their disgust. The President of the Italian Government, Mr. Matteo Renzi replied that animal lovers shouldn't be worried because these directions are not law yet and they will be modified. He also said that the Government always listens to everyone.
Little Pod Association are working with a Spanish volunteer to help podencos and galgos in a terrible situation with a gitano in Murcia. Here is what Marie Stacey says about the situation, including the current rescue of 3 more dogs in a terrible state.
'Our beautiful Verity and Diana were both resuced from a Gypsie in Valencia. We knew he had more dogs and a lovely lady has been working hard to get some more of the dogs released. He has just agreed to release 3 more. We are desperately trying to secure the release of another that looks really ill but at the moment he is saying no.