From Heaven to Hell is now only available as an Ebook. Ebook version now on sale in English and Italian, to order see links below. Find out more about the the French (Descente aux enfers) print version SOLD OUT. French ebook version coming soon.
To order the English ebook version, click on this link
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From Pyramid to Perrera, English ebook version - buy here
From Pyramid to Perrera, French ebook version - buy here
'Let’s say that the weekend has begun OK, time to watch or re-watch our documentary (half price using the code yogalgo, link https://vimeo.com/r/2gsf/U3lBSll4Zm). As some of you know, every year thousands of Spanish greuhounds are abandoned or killed after the hunting season, which is close, and nothing will change unless we unite the international public opinion to pressure Spain into changing and enforcing the laws affecting the hunting dogs.
The myxomatosis virus (the one that killed 500 million rabbits in the span of two years in Australia) has just jumped to the Iberian hare, which could go extinct. The lack of hares means no more sport for the hunters, so they are abandoning galgos as I´ve never seen before. The fight is so important that we sent 50% discount codes to all the shelters we know, hoping they share our story so their followers understand how important this is. We have sent more than a thousand emails (covering many countries). Who knows, so far Yo Galgo has been watched in 44 countries.'
Bev farmer is known for her tireless work with rescued podencos. But occasionally a galgo crosses her path. Here's her story of 5.
'On 9th January we took in 5 male galgos. They are a voluntary hand over from their Galguero, not living in the best of conditions but in fairness all 5 dogs are in a reasonable state. A lot of superficial cuts and bite marks, just one that had a serious laceration that needed attention. Thanks to Friends of Mazarron Animals who are working with local Galgueros.
Due to an outbreak of myxomatosis in hares in a number of regions in Spain, hunting has been suspended in some areas, the galgueros no longer want the dogs and are agreeing to hand them over to rescues.
Many thanks to Dee N, Ste Hargreaves, Steve.. Dee..Val..Falk..Jane..Keith who transported them up yesterday to our vets and stayed with us whilst all the dogs were blood tested and vaccinated. Then helped to take them to Finca la Castellana were they are in residence until we have space to bring them to us
Finally! Our Solidarity Calendar is now on sale. We know it's a little late and that's why we put it at a price of only 5€,uros so that you all encourage yourself to buy it and help the more than 700 animals living in our shelter and sanctuary.
It's a beautiful calendar, a perfect gift to make on these dates to your family and friends and of course to make yourself!
For now you can find it in our shelters in Medina Del Campo, in the residence of Valladolid and in the shelters of Palencia and Zamora, as well as in our veterinary clinic located in the ctra. Rueda, 47 of valladolid and in salamanca will also be available in a few days.
We will be expanding and reporting on more points of sale. (It's not in the shop yet, only the 2016 one!) Contact Scooby via the blog if you want to order one.
It's a terrible time for hunting dogs in Spain as the hunting season will end this month and dogs are being abandoned and killed in their hundreds. This is the appeal from a couple of days ago from Bev Grubba.
'FRIENDS, THESE ARE THE 4 GALGOS I'VE JUST TAKEN FROM BEING KILLED! THIS DOG LITERALLY HAD A NOOSE ROUND HER NECK TO BE HUNG! 2nd DOG IS ONLY 6 MONTHS OLD! BIG CRISI,S SO MANY BEING KILLED. SO NOW AGAIN BEGGING TO EVERY DOGLOVER , FRIENDS TO DONATE FOR RESIDENCE, VETS FEES, NEUTERS. SPONSORS WELCOME! PAYPAL email@example.com (Galgos)'
Bev Grubba is based in the UK but works with a couple of rescues in southern Spain. Last week they worked on the rescue of 16 galgos in a terrible state which Galgos del Sol have taken...involving a 6 hour journey from Rota to Murcia. Now Bev and the rescuers are appealing for help again. Here's the story.
'We managed to get help from Galgos del Sol for the 16 galgos and they are all safe with a future. But on the 9th Jan there are another 16 needing help from the same area. A friend is taking 2, another friend taking 4 and hopefully another 2 to another friend.
So places needed for 8. We have a place in the UK for another 4 but unfortunately we don't have the funds to prepare them. We will take 2 and raise the money for those but if we can get help for the other two we have a place for them. We have free foster until they are ready to travel so need to raise funds for vaccs, chip, passport and blood test and spaying or castrating for all of them, which will run into 4 figures.
Could you please help in any way, these dogs need our help, they are in a very bad place. We are waiting for photos but they are difficult to get. Bev's PayPal is firstname.lastname@example.org for donations please.'
Some of the 16 galgos previously rescued were ill or injured.
We would like to have started the year with some more pleasant news, but unfortunately we have to start it with another hard rescue, that of this greyhound that has found our colleague nuria lying in a ditch. The poor dog had been run over and despite the pain he must be in, he allows himself be manipulated to make a diagnosis without complaining and without making a bad gesture.
We will let you know how he goes on but as you see there is not a month when Scooby does not reach out to animals that need some kind of special treatment or surgery, that is why your help and collaboration is so important. So that you can give these angels the ability to continue living and having a family to take care of them and want as they deserve.
A situation has arisen where a Galguero is getting rid of his Galgos. Bev Grubba has arranged that 16 of them are going to Galgos del Sol in Murcia. It’s a 6 hour drive so 16 of them will be safe...not turned out on the street as the Galguero threatened!! That’s 16 arriving that need to be blood tested, vaccinated, sterilised etc and reports of some with broken legs. Galgos del Sol have no news on their health but just to prepare the basics will run into thousands. Can you make a paypal donation to finish off the year and help us?
Bev Grubba arranged the transport from Rota (Cadiz) to the shelter in Murcia. To donate to the transport, paypal email@example.com marking it galgos.
The more you delve, the more you find out about the appalling scale of exploitative abuse and downright cruelty perpetrated against greyhounds, galgos and other sighthounds around the world – in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, China, Canada...
"Greyhounds’ racing careers end by the time they reach five years old, sometimes due to age, but often because excessive training has led to injuries judged ‘not worth’ fixing. Dogs that outlive their ‘usefulness’ are either forced to breed, abandoned, hanged, or found dead at roadsides. At the end of the day, for galgueros, dog racing is a business and galgos are simply machines, a means to achieve an end. When the machine breaks, it is just thrown away."