From Heaven to Hell is now only available as an Ebook. Ebook version now on sale in English and Italian, to order see links below. Find out more about the the French (Descente aux enfers) print version SOLD OUT. French ebook version coming soon.
To order the English ebook version, click on this link
To order the Italian ebook version, click on this link
From Pyramid to Perrera, English ebook version - buy here
From Pyramid to Perrera, French ebook version - buy here
Last week I mentioned we had to return home early from holiday with my family in the UK, as our lovely house/animal sitter and a friend with kennels in the village had to rush my galga Carmela to the vet, after she collapsed at home. Carmela was kept in the vet clinic over the weekend and the following Monday, 10/09, we collected her and took her to the La Rochelle vet hospital for a brain scan. She was diagnosed as having suffered a stroke.
The following day we attended our own vet again, where Carmela was found to have lost 5kg in weight, sadly looking like one of the starving abandoned dogs of Spain, rather than a very much loved rescued galga of 13 years old. She was put on Oromedrol 16mg once a day and Candilat once a day; the latter was medication which had been prescribed by our vet for our old French lurcher.
If you've ever wondered what it is like at the Scooby Medina del Campo Shelter, Margie Easter has put together this video to give you some idea of the size, and the rescued animals. Warning, some of it can make you a bit dizzy!
Remember, all these lovely animals are available for adoption. Contact Scooby direct.
I've featured some of Ann Marie Payne's poems on my blogs. Another volunteer in Spain saving and rehoming the unwanted hounds, including a podenca mum and her 5 pups living in a cave, which appeal I featured on Podenco Post. Now Ann needs help herself. She explains why below
'Last year we were forced out of our premises, conned out of €1,800 and were left with nowhere to go. We did a fund raise and fortunately many people donated and helped us to move to where we are now, and at first it seemed like paradise. We had a wonderful summer and all the dogs were happy. But then came the winter, which was the worst in 10 years for rainfall. The kennels were flooding every day because there was nowhere for the rain to drain away. Every day I had to brush the water into buckets and then carry them outside and empty them on to the street. It was a total nightmare.
I've just returned early from holiday as I received an emergency call for one of my dogs. My galga Carmela collapsed and my lovely animal sitter and another friend rushed her to the vet. She was unable to stand so suspected concussion, possibly from banging her head. We took her to the vet hospital in La Rochelle where she had a scan and the diagnosis was a bump on the head and possible stroke. She is now home, having lost 5 kg in weight, drinking normally and eating small amounts of food. She is on medication for her eyesight - her head is on one side - and also on tablets for her head (the same tablets as we had for our old lurcher to stem the onset of alzheimers.
I have lived with dogs all my life and can't remember us ever brushing their teeth. We've tended to give them bones and chews to do the job. Having said that, my little podenca Bebe came as a 6 year old with her teeth in a terrible state - from bad nutrition as a puppy according to my vet. But apart from having the 4 lower front teeth removed, the rest haven't caused problems and she is now 15 years old.
Mary Macdonald is a member of GPAC - Galgo and Podenco Rescue Canada - and last May travelled with 2 friends to Spain to take back 5 podencos and a galgo. Here she tells of how Chaval joined her family in Canada.
'Chaval is a Galgo from Scooby Medina. He was rescued from a Perrera at the age of eight months. When looking at Scooby's website and available dogs - a task that is not easy because they all deserve a loving home - Chaval caught my interest because he had been at the rescue so long. When I inquired about him I had learned he had been there so long because he was considered a “ cripple “. He had an old calcaneus fracture of his right hind leg from some unknown trauma. I decided I would adopt him regardless and in May 2018 he became a part of my family.
He had some health issues when he arrived, excessive water drinking and excessive peeing and he needed to gain weight. After a few tests he was diagnosed with Diabetes Insipidus, which is managed by Desmopressin drops in his eye twice a day for life and he started to gain the weight he needed. After I got a diagnosis and treatment, I had his leg X rayed, not thinking anything could really be done since it was such an old fracture.