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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.
Susan Dawson has put together yet another stunning calendar to raise desperately needed funds to feed the 80 dogs in Pepis Refuge. Here's the link to purchase copies at The Blue Greyhound Shop on ebay. My gorgeous galgo pup Polar is Pin Up for July this year - last year he was the cover photo. Please buy and share. And take a look at the fabulous dogs in the refuge, all desperately needing forever homes.
Regular readers will remember the story of Tico, the galgo badly injured and left for dead in a ditch in Seville Province. Luckily he was found and taken to the vet where the incredible team, together with dedicated round-the-clock care from Sandra Campos Cuevas, brought him back to life and put his poor injured body back together. Over the months it was thought he would never walk, never be without nappies because he was incontinent...Spanish vets more than any others work tirelessly to save these dogs...where certainly in the UK and here in France they would be pts.
I've just watched THE most amazing video - sadly only on facebook so I can't share it with you - of Tico, no nappies, running and playing with two canine friends. Simply incredible. Sandra reports Tico is very happy. The bad news is that once again he has urine infection. It appears that the use of diapers, this problem will always end up appearing. So he needs some antibiotics again. This time at least, it has been 12 days without bleeding. It's nothing serious ... I think it's an everyday thing for us.
Here's a photo of Sandra with Tico. And I stick 2 fingers up at you, bastard galguero, who couldn't take care of your hound and prevent his suffering!
Charl del Rio of 112carlotagalgos received an urgent call today from a young woman in a village near Cadiz where she found this young galga with an horrendous back wound. The girl is staying with the galga whilst Charl organises for her to go straight to her vet in Malaga. Here's what Charl says.
'The rescue train has begun. Confirmed a female but bleeding a lot. So we have been in touch with a contact in Cadiz who has offered to go quickly and pick her up and bring her. We will meet up and head to the clinic. This is a nasty nasty wound which doesn't look too old but in 40 degree heat infection and fever can set in very quickly. The girl who caught her tells me shes plagued with flies naturally and cooked flesh is not an easy thing to heal in this heat. So a little blind on whats coming in but we will do our absolute best.
I am a great believer in natural remedies, after all, it's all that was available before the discovery of penicillin, pain killers and antibiotics etc. Tunde, currently living in Germany, has sent this interesting piece about the use of leech therapy. A lot of food for thought.
'My galga Guzu has arthrosis. Willow bark helps her a lot but it is not enough. When the weather is bad (cool and wet) then she is in pain. I got some chemicals, painkiller to be exact, but I am not happy with this (I am afraid of side effects).
Several German sighthound forum members suggested I go to leech therapy with her.
Obviously in many cases the leeches help greatly when the dog (or the
person) has arthrosis. I know of some dogs that did not need ANY painkillers whatsoever after a leech therapy.
In march of this year, people brought their 14 year old dog who was very sick to a vet clinic and the poor dog had to be put to sleep. The people paid Euro 160,- to the vet for the injection and also to let the dog be burned after his death. In April this illegal ´graveyard´ from dead dogs was discovered in Herrera de Duero and Scooby found this same poor dog burried there in that wood...!!!?????????? In April, Scooby already announced this case to the police.
As a footnote, a friend who has 4 Spanish rescued dogs, lived in Spain, very experienced with the situation, applied to adopt a black galga from Scooby. After her initial application being ignored and ignored, she wrote me to help with my contacts. Long and short of it is, a curt reply - we don't home dogs to the UK. So, folks, help Scooby but don't expect to adopt a dog from them!