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I grew up in Cheshire, NW England, we adopted dogs from Manchester Dogs' Home. On Thursday a 15-year-old pos (piece of s..t) set fire to the building. Over 60 dogs have died. Here'a an article in The Guardian about it.
Mieke van Erp creates beautiful sculptures of greyhounds which she sells to raise funds for galgo rescue/castrations etc. Please take a look at her shop. She speaks excellent English if you wish to contact her, mark your email For Mieka.
Update on galga Kiara, the victim of an axe attack. Charl says, 'Kiara's health is good. She's improving daily and swimming helps so much. Her rehab is good and physio doing well.
The damage left cannot be sewn or fixed. There's some nerve damage done from her wound. But she can lead a normal life. She will need care and attention and still needs a few more weeks to gain more strength and encourage more movement in her tail. To move to one side isn't possible as such.. this doesn't impede her. We thought the tail was dead and would hinder. So in terms of recovery it's ten fold. That we aim for a little more.. we will keep trying. Raw pain must have run thrpugh every ounce of her being, I still cringe at the thought of what she was suffering when I saw her. For now we continue to ease her from strength to strength. '
ACTIN - you know I am always promoting the incredible work the ACTIN team do to try to change the laws in Spain with regard to animal welfare. Well, here's a great announcement - they have a superb active patron. Read about him here. Go ACTIN go on behalf of the galgos, podencos and ALL other maltreated dogs in Spain!
I've been asked how Polar is doing. What can I say! He's now taller than Bracken, he's extremely naughty - there isn't a day goes by when he doesn't get into mischief. He has his own recycling policy - all plastic bottles should be recycled, even full ones. (Jane of Pepis tells me that's because he had empty plastic bottles to play with at the refuge). If he can get to the cardboard recycling bag, then the contents get distributed around the courtyard. Next come the shoes - he's already got several pairs of his own but naturally he wants the ones which we still prefer to wear! Then come the socks! He was given a bag full of socks with holes in - but no, he has to delve in my walking boot bag and pinch my socks out of that!
Pepis Dog Refuge now have over 80 dogs including many galgos in their Galgo Centre. It costs 30 euros/day to feed all these dogs; add on to that the cost of wormers, Scalibor collars, flea & tick treatment. Their vet bill is currently over 3,000 euros. They desperately need money to pay all this.
So Mike is going to run the Bristol Half Marathon on 21st September to raise funds for Pepis. Please sponsor him, no matter how little, every penny counts. You can read the story of Bear, the nearly blind puppy he adopted from Pepis in March this year, and sponsor Mike here.