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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.
Update on Kiara, the galga with the axe injury on her back.
'Back from her visit to the vets. Stitches out and healing well. Vet Paco is on holiday so any further tests will be decided on his return. An extra dose of anti inflammatories given and next she will start swim therapy.'
Still uncertain whether or not she will lose her tail.
To donate to vet fees for Kiara, paypal email@example.com 'donation Kiara'.
ACTIN do tremendous work on behalf of the abandoned and maltreated dogs in Spain. Their successes, when they come, will improve life for all dogs, including galgos and podencos. Please support ACTIN, become a member and share their work.
A week or so ago, I posted about the problems a friend was having trying to adopt a little black galga from Scooby, and was refused. President of Scooby Fermin Perez Martin replied, explaining that because there are so many English and Irish greyhounds needing forever homes in the UK, Scooby does not send galgos there. I concur with his view, although I feel that when an exceptional home is offered to a 'hard-to-place' dog, an exception should have been made.
Danielle Hart, who translated my book on the Spanish Galgo into French, recently sent me the following tale. Any of my readers had experience of a pet wash?
'I'm translating a magazine for convenience store owners and there is an article on this carwash in Ontario, Canada, that added a "petwash" to its services. Not sure if that's popular in Europe, but here it's a growing trend. People can wash their dogs in those petwashes at their local carwash. The dog looks like a Galgo. I was startled to see him. Or perhaps it's a Greyhound? Hard to tell… But I thought I'd share it with you.'
Amongst the dozens of animals taken by Scooby on the latest Bullas rescue early this year were a lot of ferrets. To illustrate that construction work at Scooby never ends, here are some pix of the two houses they have built - one for the females and castrated ferrets and one for the whole males.