Recently a teacher in New Mexico contacted me about my book on the Spanish Galgo as she wishes to use it with her class of children. She herself has a galgo and you can read the story of it's rescue and rehoming here. I've asked for some photos.
With 4 other dogs, it's not easy training Polar, as he always wants to be with them. He's learnt the basic sit and down but really needs to socialise with other dogs and people. So today was his first day at 'doggy school' and a whole new experience!
We had some crying in the car as I drove away from home. We very definitely had a tail touching tummy when we arrived and he was confronted by a dozen strange canines who had plenty of ideas about 'behaving badly'!
Pesky pup Polar is definitely making his mark in our home - in more ways than one! Here he is practising the Polar Perch - left cheek resting on a nearby chair! The dogs aren't allowed on the chairs in our living rooms - they have their own chairs in the adjoining barn - so this is Polar's statement of 'I'm not actually sitting on the chair!'
He is into everything, including things he shouldn't be into! His worst misdeed happened when we were out with friends for the evening.
It's now August, hunting with galgos starts again in a couple of weeks. And yet there are still hundreds of galgos in perreras, the holocaust has not stopped. Here is a video about a galga who was rescued and is now living happily in Montreal, Canada.
Polar continues to give us lots of pleasure and wins the affection of everyone he meets.
He's well into the household routine and starting to learn a few manners! He has to be fed first, otherwise he has his head in everyone else's bowl and they stupidly let him. His big buddy is Bracken - they play together and often share a bed. Bracken has earned a lot of gold stars, he has endless patience. His ears get pinched, his jowl, his leg - come on, mate, I want to play - and only once has he snapped back that he's had enough of playing for the time being!
Polar is settling in well. His favourite buddy is Bracken, they play together and Bracken seems to understand that he has to be a bit gentle with the baby! Especially Polar gets frustrated that he can't walk the meadows with David, Floyd and Bracken - the grass is too long for a little boy with a bad leg. After they cut the hay - when the rain stops! - we'll take him. There are no rugs on the floors, he doesn't quite understand that piddles and poos are done outside! And yesterday he ran off with a crucial piece of the new swing hammock David was putting together for me! He's not saying where he's hidden it!
Thank you to Europet who brought Polar to France. Ian and Sheila are really lovely caring people and their air conditioned transport is superb. Polar set off on Wednesday morning on his long journey from Pepis Refuge, Pedrera, across Spain.Here he is on a coffee break in Seville!
We met up with Europet at midday 7th June - I couldn't believe how small he was! Such an adorable puppy. The Europet transport was full of rescue dogs from Portugal travelling to Germany to forever homes - Frankfurt and Berlin were their final destinations. We chatted about the terrible situation at Rogil for over 40 hunting dogs.
Polar is a small white galgo puppy, born in February 2013, who was abandoned outside Pepis Refuge, Pedrera, Seville, in early April. He has a deformed back leg which, xray results show, is due to being broken when very young and then left to heal itself. Unless he has ongoing operations on his leg, it will not grow as he grows, which might lead to amputation. I decided to adopt him, as my French vet is marvellous at putting injured/deformed legs back together. The operations will be expensive and I am hoping people will help me with the cost of these, by coming up with some fundraising ideas.
Polar has had his bath today, apparently water went everywhere! On Thursday he leaves Pepis and his friends and begins his journey to France, arriving Friday afternoon.
This is a sickeningly tragic story which was been published on Save the Galgo on Facebook. Tom Brown has sent it to me to share with those of you who have not read it. Apologies to Tom, as it got lost in all the posts.
'Pasha – The bitter sweet story of a Galgo in Spain
We came to Spain over 7 years ago and built a house and studio in the mountains of the Costa Blanca. Our ancient whippet lurcher Bill came with us and lived in our shed while we built the house. We decided to give a home to a Spanish galgo, so the timid but very beautiful Mia joined us in our first year. Old Bill made 16 years and actually made it into the new house and claimed his spot. When he died we took on another Galgo Pasha who already came with an interesting and checkered history.