This poor podenco was recently rescued covered in bites, bloated from the wounds and with hardly any teeth. I have wondered if it was used a bait for dog fighting. I haven't come across podencos being used like that, as they are not generally submissive; however I have in the past come across galgos being used as bait dogs because of their submissive nature. This poor soul was in Huelva, southern Spain.
Podencoworld Holland was founded in 2009 and since then I have reported on much of their news, and indeed their founder wrote the foreword for my book From Pyramid to Perrera. They are working closely with a shelter in Tenerife to home rescued podencos back on mainland europe and this is a link to the story of the visit by 4 volunteers as well of news of more of their work. If you aren't able to get it in english, click on the Union Jack top right hand corner.
Adoptants of podencos will know that generally they are very active and intelligent hounds and need more exercise than their galgo compatriots in the Spanish hunting hell. So here are some links about Canicross and Bikejoring, plus some photos.
Ibizan Hound Rescue was one of the first rescue and rehoming associations devoted solely to the Podenco, and mainly the Podenco Ibicenco. Valerie Wood was my contact when the association was founded. They have homes hundreds of hounds over the years, and indeed organised the March in Manchester some years ago, which I had the pleasure of attending and some of my lovely blog readers and their hounds!
If you can't adopt a podenco, then how about sponsoring one...this link introduces you to Hazel (pictured), looking for a sponsor as she needs a special diet. Contact IHR direct to learn more.
Plea received on my Help the Podencos facebook page.
'Hola buenas es protectora verdad?? necesito ayuda urgente...un vecino de mi pueblo tiene a dos podencos de 1 añito, son helenos, 2 machitos...desde que eran bebés.. amarrado en la azotea sin salir ,sin caricias,sin nada...no le importa frío,calor,lluvia...Y me los ha cedido pero yo no tengo donde meterlos,y busco urgente!¡ porfavor es muy muy urgenge
Hello good is protective truth ?? I need help urgently ... a neighbor of my town has two podenco manetos of 1 year old, they are hellenic, 2 macho ... since they were babies .. moored on the roof without leaving, without caresses, without anything ... no it matters cold, heat, rain ... And he has given them to me but I do not have where to put them, and I am looking for an urgent one! Please, it is very very urgent. In Cadiz.
Mi número de teléfono es 665675921 ... los dos perros se encuentran en un pueblo de Cádiz,pero podrían enviarse
I don't know what caused the injuries to this poor podenco - have asked - but here is the post from my Podenco Post facebook page. (I'm guessing probably dragged along a tarmac road)
'News from Joshua
Joshua has been evolving favourably and now what he most needs is a home to keep recovering inside and out.
No one has called to help him, that more than anything else gives us sadness, because he needs it so much, because we already knew his appearance would not help him, because he is a podenquito among another hundred thousand podenquitos that there are, because sometimes only important.