21st June is Fete de la Musique in France where many towns and villages have an evening of music in the streets, culminating with a firework display at the end. We live at the opposite end from where the event is held in our village but, even so, the sound of music and fireworks carries across to us. The display last about 20 minutes, finishing with an enormous explosion of dozens of fireworks! Bebe and Bracken aren't bothered by the noise, Polar listens, cocks his head, trying to identify the sound. Carmela gets in a terrible state, rushing from room to room, unwilling to be held and comforted. Unusually this year my horse, out in the meadow, was unsettled by it all.
The next round of fireworks in France is 14th July, Bastille Day, luckily not celebrated noisily in our village!
4th July is Independence Day celebrations in the US, another day when fireworks play a large part in events.
In the UK it's 5th November - Bonfire Night - but fireworks also play a part in events throughout the summer - music festivals, Picnic in the Park and so on.
PLEASE SHARE: HOW TO MAKE AN OFFICIL COMPLAINT FOR ANIMAL ABUSE OR ABANDONMENT IN SPAIN
MO SWATEK·FRIDAY, 30 JUNE 2017
Due to the complete denial by the authorities (politicians of all levels) of the massive existence of animal abuse in Spain, our only possibility to make a difference is to report ALL and each of the cases that we see.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of cases are reported exclusively on the internet/social media but not to the authorities like the Spanish animal welfare police SEPRONA or directly to court, and the result is obvious. As nobody reports, the official statistics don't include any of the severe cases all of us find nearly daily. Neither are all the dogs that shelters without subsidies and private people collect daily in the Spanish streets considered in official statistics.
Here's a link to the Scooby News blog where Fermin asks that all animal protection associations in Castille y Leon work together to form a strong group to fight the maltreatment of animals there.
This stunning galga has been named Alma, saved from the Valladolid perrera. She has an old injury to her foreleg which was left to heal on its own! Scooby have also taken another galgo from the same perrera also with a broken foreleg and he is due to have an operation to try and repair it. They need help to pay for his vet care, along with all the other animals they recently rescued.
If you can't have a dog or can't adopt another one, how about a Virtual Adoption? Here are the details.
Not about galgos but about any dog. I take Polar to Obedience classes and a couple of weeks ago on the Club fb page was a video about a dog training club in Australia, where one of the proprietors is a paraplegic, which obviously involves some dog training different from non-disabled. Here is a link to their website, if anyone is interested in discussing the subject with Tom.
They also have several interesting videos, including this one on Training a Dog to obey in different situations, plus short articles with graphics.
The results of Polar's recent xray unsurprisingly showed calcification of his damaged leg joint bone and arthritis. So the option of an operation to insert a prosthesis joint is negative. Since the leg doesn't bother him nor hinder him from chasing around with his galgo housemate Bracken, the decision is to leave well alone.
Having treated him so far with MSM, I'm now looking into moving on to Devil's Claw, which I find successful in treating my aged horses and also my first greyhound, back in the 1990's. I've also been recommended to look at Turmeric, for which a retired English greyhound is being successfully treated, belonging to a friend. She purchases the product, then freezes it in a coffee bean mould and adds the required dosage to the dog's feed daily. This is the weblink to the Turmeric under the name Golden Paste, and the coffee bean mould.
Have any readers had experience of using Turmeric for their canine?
Above all, Eva wants to make it clear that this album is not intended to hurt anyone, nor, of course, morbidly wallow in the terrible hardships and mistreatment of galgos (Spanish greyhounds) and podencos.
'After some hesitation, I decided to gather this series of images as a response to all those who deny and conceal this reality, trivialize it by saying that cases of abuse and neglect of these dogs are just a few, as well as that these are perpetrated by individuals who steal the dogs from their original owners. In the sight of all these pictures, it does not look like we are talking about "4 cases", as has been said, does it?
Regular readers will remember the story a couple of years ago about the Container Dogs in Murcia and the hard work ACTIN association did, along with their lawyer, to try and get the dogs released. Sadly their work has been maligned publicly and the asso has been forced to issue yet another statement about the case.
'Sorry to have to do this again but it still continues and it's important for future cruelty cases in Spain, please ask people to share and spread the truth.
There is still a very bad rumour that the dogs involved in this case died, and for reasons that we don't really understand but are currently being dealt with - the rumour says there was no case, or the dogs didn't exist and other very damaging things.