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 appeals to help pay the considerable vet fees to help galgo Tico, rescued badly injured and left for dead at the side of a Seville road. Sandra has, with the amazing work by the vet team, nurtured this boy back to health. You may remember it was thought he would be incontinent for life. Sadly I can't share with you the latest video of Tico running off lead, no nappy, and moving well on 4 legs. It's posted on facebook, I've asked Sandra if she can put it on Youtube so I can share it with all of you who helped towards Tico's vet fees. I have to say I am filled with incredible joy to see this galgo looking and moving as well as he is.
I've said before that one of the reasons progress in Spain in helping the galgos is slow is because animal rescue organisations argue amongst themselves. And it's not just in Spain. For some people,it's an ego trip to say 'I'm the president of the association'. So what, you're a person just like the rest of us. I've met a few of them over the years.
Fermin of Scooby has also met them. Here's his latest piece on the Scooby English News Blog.
Don't forget that Scooby has hundreds of dogs and other animals - they all need feeding and most are ready for forever homes. Please help Scooby.
La Bienvenida refuge at Ciudad Real (200km south of Madrid) was the first refuge in Spain which I visited back in 2007 with the French association L'Europe des Levriers. We brought 4 galgos from there back to France for rehoming, one of which was my beloved Sahara. Ciudad Real is a terrible place for galgos and podencos to exist. Recently they had 16 galgos and pups dumped there. Here's the story.
'16 galgo PUPPIES abandoned in less than 24 hours! Summer is always the worst time for dropouts is unclear but at La Bienvenida Ciudad Real protective welcome could not have been worse with the arrival in less than 24 hours of 16 abandoned puppies, 9 on the night of Monday and 7 yesterday. All of them are galgos and babies, which makes it impossible to keep in the refuge, with the rest of dogs, in case any are sick, until they are vaccinated.
David did his jump - glorious day over La Rochelle, clear skies. Here are some photos of Christophe and Francois (the two professional parachutists at Altitudes) going through the briefing with David and a French guy doing his first jump as a birthday present. There's also a short video here but please, it's not very good...the sun was bright, I couldn't see what was in my tablet screen, so I just pointed and hoped! You can see from the windsock the wind speed was about 24 kmh. Please sponsor him - 10,000 feet is a long way to fall out of a little plane over La Rochelle when the wind is blowing!
Lucas is a podenco/galgo cross rescued from a street in Hellin. He will need a lot of medical care, it is believed that he has mange, ehrlichia and leishmania. He was stoned by a group of older kids. Needs isolation and lots of love and care to recover. If you can help his vet fees, please paypal firstname.lastname@example.org
I've been asked how Polar is progressing. Where do I start?! He's been with me a year now and he continues to collect asbos (anti social behaviour orders) - a ball of white knitting wool was unravelled around the courtyard today! He's digging up my plants, scattering soil all over the terrasse; a paperback book stolen and chewed, the hose for the outlet on my tumble dryer squashed...and he's STILL only 16 months old! The caption for this photo is 'I'm knackered with all this being naughty!'
He is thoroughly enjoying dog obedience classes where he is a popular personality. He is good with his response to commands - sit, down, stay, heel - his recall is also excellent - except the exercise where he is supposed to sit and stay whilst I walk a distance away. I only need to take two or three strides and he's already straining at the lead to follow me!
The full story behind the latest rescue of over 100 animals from the Bullas Bastards. Please help Scooby, they need donations to pay for the vet bills and food for the animals, as well as foster and forever homes when the animals are well enough. Amazing work by the whole Scooby team.