I first met podencos when I travelled to Spain in 2007 with a French rescue association L'Europe des Levriers, and that's when I got involved in publicising what fabulous hounds they are and the terrible maltreatment they suffer at the hands of the Spanish hunters, both on mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands. Here Bev Farmer writes about the podenca which changed her life.
'This photo is of Tilly back in 2003 when we first adopted her from a local rescue here in Spain, what was a podenco? I had no clue but I leaned very quickly and to say she tested me is an understatement. I considered myself an experienced dog owner, having dogs my whole life and Dobermans for over 20 years but everything I knew about dogs I threw in the bin and started from scratch with her.