Many people can walk their galgos and podencos off leash. Unfortunately mine have strong hunting instincts and as we live on a farm with meadows full of birds, hares, feral cats and the neighbouring ones have sheep in, we can never walk ours off leash. Read the full article on this subject on this link.
The Spanish animalist party (PACMA) claims the protection of wildlife and takes legal action.
The Hunting Act in Castilla y León (Spain) will be amended to "paralyze any hunting activity until further notice". All this at the request of PACMA (Party of Animalists Against Animal Abuse).
Laura Duarte, spokesperson of the Spanish animalist party, argued that the regulation in question does not comply with the European directive "habitat fauna flora", which applies to all species. Therefore, "if it is not consistent, this paralysis should continue".
I have lived with dogs all my life - when I was born our family dog was already 1 year old! As far as I can remember, we have always put a small amount of gravy or stock on our dogs' meals. My elderly galga Carmela now has problems crunching large croquettes so she is on the ones for small dogs which she manages no problem. However, I must admit I am not keen on the idea of soaking croquettes for hours.
The Healthy Hound is a newsletter produced by the Ohio State University in relation to their work and research into greyhounds and galgos. This link will take you to an article in the latest newsletter which is about filaria, or heartworm, and which affects podencos as well as galgos.
Pounds all over Spain are full of dogs of many colours, sizes and breeds. Podencos, bodegueros, mastins, Spanish water dog and many more, all can be found looking for a home. Each with their distinctive traits and temperaments. On this article we want to introduce you to one of the most common breeds found all over Spain, and in particular the south, the podenco.
Podencos are a sighthound bred to hunt. They change in size and colours but they all are very clever and intelligent, always very aware of its surroundings and sensitive to their human’s reactions. They are very curious and although they can be shy, they cannot help wanting to explore new things and places.
They are a strong breed highly resistant to illness. These dogs are used to hunt under a punishing sun for many hours and in spite of their fragile looking bodies they are very tough and resilient with a high pain threshold.
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.