Regular readers of GN and those of you who have purchased my book, will remember the story of Lucho, another amazing survivor of the galgo hell in Spain, now living happily in the US. Lucho survived leptospirosis, leishmania and a leg amputation, yet still enjoys life, although he now finds walking any distance with his canine mates can be somewhat tiring. Here's what his Mom Chris says.
' Lucho's difficulty is in walking any distance. He can go several houses up the street, then needs to come back home. Whatever happened to him in Spain that caused him to lose his rear leg resulted in twisting his spine. His back is arched and his hip is abnormal so his one back leg is not strong. He gets around okay...up and down 3 steps to go out to go potty and he gets up on the sofa.....but we can't very well take the others for a walk and have him home alone howling!'
So here he is riding in style! Eat your hearts out, galgos everywhere!!
'A Galgo (Greyhound) was left tied up outside Pepis Refugio - The dogs were barking as normal but Alan and Jane knew the different barks and this meant a new arrival. Alan walked down to the gate with a small torch only to see two green glows at the gate; yes it was Marko (his new name).
Those of you who have read my book will have been introduced to Lucho, an amazing survivor of the Spanish holocaust, adopted by Chris in the US from Scooby Medina. He developed leptospirosis and Chris kindly wrote a case history about her experiences with Lucho and beating the disease.
Earlier this year, Lucho developed Leishmania. Even though he tested negative before leaving Spain, the disease can lie dormant and poor Lucho succumbed. Chris shares her experience here.
Some of the galgos in the Villa del Rio are under the care and control of L'Europe des Levriers, the French association with whom I work closely and from whom I have adopted my 3 galgas, plus them helping me get my little Podenca Andaluz Bebe from Seville.
Some of their puppies in one bed died, but there are others - Noche, Jade, Scarlette, Pucca - Cristina, Vice President of EDL, went from Madrid down to Cordoba and brought back some of the dogs, who are now in kennels which need paying for.
I don't know how the volunteers and associations in Spain keep their stamina and emotions, I am getting more emails in this year than ever since Galgo News started in 2007 and I am sickened by the sheer volume of galgos in perreras, abandoned in the street, hung from trees, kicked and stoned, abandoned to be injured on motorways........it is simply unbelievable that the authorities in Spain remain blinkered about how this affects the international perception of Spain.
Here are some more stories..........help if you can.
Venancio is a galgo rescued in Spain, rehomed in Norway. Unfortunately he arrived with a problem which is going to be extremely costly to put right. Monette tells his story.
I´m writing you with an appeal on behalf of a newly adopted galgo from Spain and his loving family. Venancio arrived Norway december 2010, where a young couple have adopted him. Unfortunately, it appears now that the damage Venancio suffered just before his departure from Spain is so bad, that the vet in Norway has given the family only two choices, either to put Venancio to sleep or to have him operated, - an operation which there is no way the family can effort!
Video update on Ken, severely injured in a road accident, saved by Galgos del Sol, now with Silvia of Galgo Connection Spain for his rehabilitation. Silvia is also looking after Draco, another black seriously ill galgo.
Jerez has two perreras, one municipal and one privately owned. This winter it has been difficult to keep up with the numbers of dogs in these places, especially galgos and some podencos. I haven't been able to post them all on GN, but suffice to say that a few dozen have been taken out by rescue associations, before being killed. They range in age from a 5 month old podenca (Angela) to 1 and 2 year olds up to the mama breeding machines, 7 years upwards. Some of them are negative to diseases, others develope them after rescue and some are at the stage of simply wanting to give up on life.
Draco is one poor boy, thin, sick and with a body covered in scars.
Yesterday I linked to an update on Nicholas, a great galgo survivor. Today I give you an update on Ken, another brave soul fighting to regain his health after being hit from behind by a vehicle. He has now been operated on and the vet is happy that there is now feeling in Ken's back legs, and he is not in pain. Galgos del Sol continue to work closely with the vet and Ken - but it's costly both in time, emotion and vet fees. If you can help with vet fees, donate by credit card to UK bank or Paypal to email@example.com.