If you would like to organise a fundraising dog walk, don’t be put off by the paperwork! You know what the French are like, bless them. I think I put the cat among the pigeons when I decided to organise my walk for the International Day of the Dog.
If we had just been people walking, or riding bikes, or horses, they had forms to cover that! It was also the fact that I didn’t know how many dogs would be present. But I sorted through the paperwork and the bureaucracy and then, relaxing afterwards with a welcome glass of wine, I realised that some of the demands made were actually quite sensible.
So... the sadness continues for the Spanish Galgos. Charl del Rio tells the tale of Noche.
It never ceases to amaze me how much a galo has to suffer and continues to endure, unless they reach the relative safety of a refuge. It is nothing a human would endure without giving in and complaining, or giving up totally. All galgos, when rescued, show gratefulness as only a galgo knows how.
This is the story of Noche, a galga who has endured immense suffering.
This is the night where her life was turned around and she found hands to cure her wounded body.
The sun shone brightly on the village of Celles-sur-Belle in southern Deux-Sevres on Sunday, the 3rd International Day of the Dog.
Over 50 walkers, and more than 70 dogs assembled in the car park opposite the Abbaye Royale, to enjoy a 5 km ramble along tracks lined with bluebells and primroses (click thumbnail right for larger image).
Many people had brought a picnic lunch, and a raffle was held in the afternoon.
Over 900 euros was raised for the funds of L'Europe des Levriers, which paid for the rehabilitation and vets fees for 6 galgos at Alpha Dog World with April and Paul Carrier. The day was judged a great success, with demands to repeat it again next year.
The International Day of the Dog....April 27th, 2008. It is an event worth celebrating, and more importantly, worth using to further the cause of the Galgos, those poor Spanish greyhounds whose lives are a million miles away from the happy, comfortable lives of most of our pet dogs, writes Joanna Simm.
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