Some more videos of the amazing work Bev and Warren of Podenco Friends do for these wonderful but very much abused hounds. Regular readers may remember the appeal for donations for Bud, shown here from when he arrived starving and terrified in a perrera to his path to happiness and forever in the UK.
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.
Here's a fabulous video of Zarita showing off her agility skills at various shows around the UK this year. She has been entered in 'Any Size' classes because her weaving skills need a little more honing. Get in touch with Bev Farmer to find out more about podencos and agility.
For those of you who are on facebook or able to see facebook pages, Jan, Sam, Nina and I are running an Xmas auction - this is the link to the album.
There is still an horrendous 5,300 euros vet bill to pay off for Pepi's refuge and this is the reason we are organising this auction. Please join in if you can, share with your friends.
Pepi’s Dog Refuge, Pedrera, Seville, has an outstanding vet bill of 5,300 euros, accumulated since October 2014. How on earth did they run up such an amount, you ask. Quite simply a decrease in donations – on which Pepi’s survives – and a large increase in sick and injured dogs, especially the parvo virus outbreak in all the puppies over several months.
It is now 10 years since members of some prominent galgo/podenco rescue associations - Galgos sin Fronteras, Amigos de los Galgos, Greyhounds in Need and others with the then- met Spanish Minister of the Environment Cristina Narbona and representatives of the Spanish hunting federations to discuss tackling the problem of over-breeding and mass killing/abandonment of their hunting dogs. Sadly the hunters were not prepared to meet any of the reasonable demands of the associations, too arrogant to even acknowledge the problems they caused. Sadly also since then there has not been another Spanish Minister prepared to consider the problem.
Often I, like the amazing volunteers working on the ground in Spain, woke up angry against the hunters and the long-reaching problems they cause, and so in March 2013 I put fingers to computer and wrote this letter to them! I am reposting here because the contents STILL apply, over 3 years on.
This poor podenca finds herself in a situation of so many thousands of abandoned hunting dogs in Spain. She is in Cordoba, abandoned long ago. Someone left a wooden box for her for shelter...this is her second litter of puppies! Already the hunters are in the vicinity, 2 puppies are already gone, too young to leave their mom. When will the bloody hunters take responsibility for the problem of their abandoned/lost hunting dogs producing litter after litter....
Shelters are full to overflowing, foster homes are full....still there is an urgent appeal for an association to take on this little bitch and her puppies. Contact Spain (0034)661237095