Yesterday was Bella's (Bell bell Buttons) gotcha day. 9 years ago we were standing in a railway station in Murcia waiting for her to arrive; yes she travelled down on a train... She was the very first podenco we rescued with the intention of finding her a home. That went out the window and yep, failed foster. She is real joy, a truly happy dog, really tiny but has the biggest heart and our pocket rocket... Found on the roadside in Cadiz, a bag of bones, she was curled up and they thought at first she was dead she was so thin. Thankfully someone was kind enough to stop and pick her up but many passed her by... So glad they did. Why she was left we will never know but so happy she found us.
'LAILA, Podenca - has been sitting in the killing of Valencia since today. She is very skinny, currently showing anxious. She appears to be between 1 and 2 years old, we'll find out more about it from the vet. She is medium size. We could save her together, provided she finds a foster or end position from the end of January / beginning of February 2021. Currently we don't know more about her. PodencoRescueAssociation. Please contact the association if you can help and PLEASE SHARE EVERYWHERE.' Contact Patricia direct
'Update for Esca ... on Monday the specialist checked her leg. He is very happy with the progress the plate and screws are stable and we can begin with physiotherapy to encourage her to use the leg. She has finished her medication for the surgery so now we have started treatment for Anaplasma for 30 days. Her anemia is improving..
Depending on the how well the fracture heals then the plan is to first remove the screws. Then a second surgery to remove the plate. We won’t know until then if Esca will need a further surgery to fuse the joint. Hopefully with physio we can get full function of the leg and she won’t need it ..
She is doing so well and such a sunny personality and a great sense of fun. I have no idea why anyone would abandoned such a sweet lovely dog.'
Usually it is the Portuguese Podengos which arrive at the shelter of Dogs of Portugal. This pretty Podenca Andaluz is Faia, discarded by the hunter and safe with them. Lucky for her she is already reserved. Wishing for the same for all the other podencos in shelters in Spain and the Spanish Islands. See more of her on this weblink.
'Rufo - This precious little podenquito is a survivor. Rescued starving and after surpassing parvo, Rufo is a dog full of life and love. Loving, sociable, energetic!! He gets along with other dogs and loves children!
Look at those ears and let yourself fall in love for him, Great for a family looking for a small / medium sized partner.'
Regular readers will remember Viv and her incredible work in rescue in and around Cartagena in Murcia. Especially Viv founded ACTIN and fought for help for the hunting dogs kept in a metal container, amongst many other rescues. She also organised PAES International Conference on Animal Welfare to which I was invited to give a presentation on the plight of the galgos and podencos.
Due to ill health Viv has had to step back from animal rescue, but is helping animals in another way. She is an amazingly gifted artist and on this weblink you can read about and see some of her work.
A portrait of your pet would make a wonderful gift. Get in touch with Viv direct for more information.
Viv's partner Dan is also a gifted artist - working in mosaic. See more of his work on this weblink