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Pepis Refuge is halfway between Malaga and Seville. It's in the midst of podenco hunting land in the olive groves, and galgo racing. Since starting the refuge in 2005 Jane and Alan Brian have saved hundreds of these dogs who would otherwise have suffered a sad ending. Here is a beautiful tribute to some of those hounds.
Pepis relies solely on donations - without Pepis Refuge dozens of hounds would not stand a chance of rescue and finding forever homes. Please shop online through easyfundraising for Pepis, sign up now and help the hounds!
On Wednesday 14/9/2016), just as Fermín returned home from work (he works as a teacher) a galga suffering from an open wound had been brought in to Medina from Zamora. She was rescued from the motorway after having caused an accident. As yet, we still don't know what happened to those involved, but we hope no one was hurt. Abandonment not only endangers the life of an innocent dog but also that of innocent people. We wonder if the perpetrator of this despicable action realizes this... Probably not; an action like this shows a complete disregard for life.
Without delay, Fermín put her in his car and headed to our friend's clinic in Madrid which is 2 hours away. There, she was examined and x-rayed, and endured it all with supernatural patience (it was almost as if she knew they were all there to help her). Besides her leg, where the double fracture was pretty obvious, the x-rays also showed “something” on her chest which has not yet been diagnosed.
I recently spent a week at Pepi's Dog Refuge where I took the money raised from my Fun Dog Show to help pay some of the vet bills. The weather was baking hot, temperatures over 40 degrees, so the dogs spent a lot of time sleeping in the cool of their kennels. The roofing is special material which keeps out the rain but also keeps out the sun, provided by Anpana association in Italy.
On the day I arrived, we visited the vet. A podenco puppy had been found injured on the road in the village and xrays had been taken of his broken leg. The vet asked Pepi's to take him. His leg was in a splint as in some cases with young bone, the injury can heal itself, new bone can grow. The pup was named Vero, he's an adorable little chap and no doubt when he has recovered, he will soon find a forever home.
Another young podenca bitch is quite an escape artist and able to climb out of her kennel to spend her days in the corridor run! She too arrived with a broken leg which has healed perfectly.Saturday was an interesting day!
Hunting with podencos starts Saturday evening and finishes Sunday lunchtime. During that time there were several hunters, each with 4 or 5 dogs mostly podencos, hunting rabbit amongst the olive groves. There was great concern on Saturday evening when one walked on land in front of the refuge greatly upsetting the pepi's dogs. Behind the house he fired off his gun, narrowly missing the corner! Hunting is prohibited within 150 metres of property. When the hunter saw us all he scarpered, leaving behind the dead rabbit. Alan Brian called the Guardia (gamekeeper) who said he would have a word with the hunter. As Alan said, it's likely the hunter could be a relative of his! Also, as elsewhere in Spain, if they complained to the Guardia Civil, it is very possible they would find their refuge dogs poisoned or stolen. Hunters are very vindictive.
Sunday morning saw another hunter approach the house, 2 dead rabbits hanging from his belt. With him was his Podenco, Braco (brown & white pointer) and a small rough-haired dog of dachshund type. He is the local butcher in Pedrera and told us he had found the little dog and kept it. Sadly later in the day there was a young podenco running around, obviously lost and left behind by his hunter. We left water out for him but he had disappeared the following day.
I also saw a couple of vehicles 'training' the galgos ...goodness knows how far the poor dogs were being made to run in the searing heat! In the Pedrera area they are used for coursing, not hunting. Jane remarked that no doubt one or two of them at least would be dumped at the refuge gates during the winter.
Sadly when I left on Tuesday morning, Pepi was having trouble breathing and was taken to the vet for oxygen. She was rescued from the piggery opposite the refuge and, even with a heart problem, lived with Brians for 16 years. She will be greatly missed by Jane and Alan but her legacy lives on in all the Pepi's dogs rescued and rehomed.
Pepi' Dog Refuge survives solely on donations and fundraisers. Money is currently needed for microchipping and castration of some dogs in preparation for travelling for adoption. If you can help in any way, please do. Without Pepi's Dog Refuge, the dogs of Pedrera area would face a terrible life.
Introducing Vero and some of the other current Pepi's incumbents, every one waiting for their forever home.
Carmela, Polar, Bracken and tiny Podenca Andaluz Bebe. I'm off to Pepis Dog Refuge, Pedrera tomorrow for 6 days to catch up with all the hounds there but there will be stories posting whilst I am away.
Please support Jane Brian and Alan in the incredible work they do in the midst of galguero and podenquero hunting olive grove areas.....,.without donations to support them, all the dogs they have saved since 2005 when they opened their doors to the hounds, most of the hundreds of dogs would have died agonising deaths.
I am off to Spain today for a week. I organised a Fun Dog Show at our home in France last Sunday 4/9/2016 to raise funds for *epis - we raised a wonderful 826 euros to help pay off some of the 6,000 euro vet bills waiting payment. This video explains why we help Jane and Alan Brian at Pepis. They are halfway between Malaga and Seville...in the middle of the olive producing region of Sevlle. Without Pepis, the dogs in the area...well, we don't like to think what would happen to them.. Please support Jane and Alan in their work with the dogs at Pepis.