We've always preferred to adopt adult dogs, the thought of cleaning up after puppies doesn't enter into my scheme of things.
So when I learnt there were two puppies arriving for an overnight stay on the next rescue from Spain, I had to ring round friends to find out what to do. Almost like being a new parent panicking about how to look after the baby.
Two dog cages and copious towels duly arrived chez nous, along with, not two puppies, but five! Ha! Bit like when I went into hospital to have one baby, and two arrived at the same time.
Mum also arrived in the rescue, but she had sensibly decided she had had enough of five sets of needle sharp teeth and preferred to move into separate digs in the barn with her travelling companion.
Kept in a home with delinquent youths, the supervising adult had been slapped into prison - I know not why - and the bitch and puppies ended up in the local dog pound, on the euthanasia list.
Luckily for them, a strong-minded local volunteer stood her ground at the gates to the compound, minus chains but the thought was there, till eventually she was allowed to take Mum and her five purebred galgo babies. And so they ended up on another list - this time on the one to be rehomed in France.
Happily I can report that Mum and three of the pups have been adopted, whilst the other two Humo and Ebano, are exploring the great outdoors in their foster mum's home in the Aude, or snuggling up with her patient greyhounds.
Watch this space for the rest of the story.....
Part two: Humo and Ebano - the story continues