Because of all the publicity for galgos in Spain, it is easy to overlook that there is also hunting with galgos in Portugal. So here is Nathan, a stunning black galgo who is looking for his forever home.
Meet puppy Joseph jr. rescued 25/8/2015 from the perrera in Valladolid by Scooby. Was he born with this or has he had 2 broken front legs without them being treated? Or maybe he was taken too soon from his mother, as usually, and is this because of malnutrition? We don´t know yet but if it can be fixed, Scooby will fix it and if not, we will find him a goodhearted family who is not looking for a `perfect`galgo but for one who needs a loving family because the heart is all that matters most!
My first greyhound had such a superb temperament that she became a PAT dog...Pets As Therapy...in the UK and regularly visited an old folks' home to spend time with the residents, especially those who had been dog owners but couldn't have a dog in the home.
Here is a lovely story about a Spanish Galga who is doing a similar job - but this time in New Mexico in a prison.
There are over 70 dogs at Pepis Refuge, Pedrera, Seville, including galgos and podencos. This year alone 2 heavily pregnant galga bitches were dumped there, producing 19 pure galgo puppies; two more young galgos were thrown over the perimeter fence, luckily neither was injured; and this month a hunter brought his galgo as he no longer wanted him. Add to this the podencos who have been there since puppies, awaiting adoption, one recently dumped at the gates in a box. And now old girl Anka, a lifetime spent breeding puppies, kicked in the eye, dumped, and needing vet care. All these dogs need vaccinations, sterilising, chipping and more. PLUS it costs 700 euros/month to feed all these dogs.
So I’m appealing to you on behalf of the hounds at Pepis Dog Refuge to help them by purchasing some tickets in this tombola. First prize is a copy of Martin Usborne’s superb book ‘Where Hunting Dogs Rest’, donated by and personally signed by Martin.
So many wonderful Spanish people now working hard to help the abandoned and discarded dogs in their country. Yet it never fails to astound me that there sre STILL so many ignorant unfeeling people who can just walk by the sight of an animal suffering! One such case is Lucy, a little galga rescued with Scooby. Cobie tells the story.
'This sweet little galga girl is Lucy, she´s 5 months old and was saved a few weeks ago from the perrera provincial from Valladolid by Scooby. The police had brought her there because she was walking on the street although she had an owner which was a gypsie. That person has done nothing about the severe mange she was suffering of and her whole body was covered in blood, infections and bad wounds.
For those of you who followed the story of disabled galgo puppy Polar - abandoned at the gates of Pepis Dog Refuge, Pedrera, Seville at 2 months old, here's a update on his life at present, 2 years after he arrived to join our canine gang. (Photo of him nursing Alan Brian after heart problems)
He still doesn't know he is handicapped on his rear left leg joint. He evinces no sign of pain and can run faster than the other 2 galgos...in straight lines! However, Bracken (with 4 good legs) can turn corners much quicker! He has a small scoop of MSM each day, is still collecting ASBOs - last night he destroyed one of the foam beds a friend made for the dogs to lie on the terrasse in the sunshine!
A beautiful galga needing a special forever home. Rosemary explains.
'This is Mia, she is with us in a very small family run kennels. However she has come as far as she will there and needs to move into foster where she will get more one to one attention and bring her on the rest of the way It would be better if she went to someone with experience of dogs that are nervous? All her costs are covered, she is very good with other dogs.'