I'm watching/listening to Wimbledon, wishing the Spanish players to lose! I know, they are tennis players, not galguerros, but they are Spanish. That's enough for me!
After the story of Kamal, at the other end of the spectrum is another example of the Spanish cavalier attitude to the value of life. Wha a miracle is the creation of a new life, whether it is a human baby, or a puppy. This little baby was found abandoned, just one month old!
This is the story .. its the same all over Spain... galgos everywhere, galgos in shelters awaiting their final day.
Unless of course someone steps in from another association or rescuer, and takes them away, but they still need a family.
Even from the slim escape of a death sentence and now await a family of their own. Well this is the story of Leonor and Corriente!! They were stuck in a shelter awaiting their final day which was coming faster than they knew. In fact days!
There's hope for campaigners for a better life for Spain's animals. The Spanish parliament is set to approve a new law giving the right to life and freedom to apes. If the law is passed, legislation will make it illegal to keep apes for use in animal experiments, circuses, TV commercials and filming. This is to comply with the Great Apes Project.
So perhaps this will give hope to all animal rights groups, especially in relation to bulls, donkeys and, of course, our beloved galgos. Plus all the thousands of other abandoned dogs and cats in the country..
It's something we all dread - our dog escaping and running off, and we can't catch it. However well-trained we think they are, their hunting instinct is stronger, as is their fear, if they have experienced terrible suffering at the hands of the galguerros or gypsies.
Here is some extensive advice 'Finding Your Lost Greyhound by Michael McCann and Finding Them is Only the First Step by Michael McCann', which has been sent to me by Le Bulletin des Levriers.
I hope none of us ever need to have to refer to it!
This is the story of Kamal, an incredible survivor.. He is 14 years old, and spent 11 years of his life in a 2 x 2m cage in a refuge, lost in the middle of Spain. A refuge which is more of a prison for the dogs which end up there.
The focus of the galgo problem is twofold: the uncontrolled breeding of Galgos, and their massive abandoning at the end of the hunting season.
An investigation by the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA) in 2001 and 2002 proved that tens of thousands of Galgos are bred annually in Spain in the hope of producing the national coursing champion. Medina del Campo is the focal point for those with a coursing interest in Spain.
Many galgueros (breeders and owners of Galgos) live in Medina del Campo and its environs.
Prior to 2001 it was an annual tradition for the galgueros to kill their Galgos by hanging them en masse in the pine forests in and around Medina del Campo at the end of the coursing season (January/February).
Fermín Pérez of Scooby Medina and WSPA captured vast photographic evidence and WSPA compiled a report about the treatment of Galgos in Spain.
Has anything really changed? Has any positive progress been made? What do you think?
Once owned by a gypsy, these 2 boys have been to hell and survived. They are looking for a special person to give them a forever home together.
Sancho has the worst scars. Hung and burned with cigarettes, he also has a depressed fracture of the skull where his head was stamped on. Yet he still has love in him, to give to someone, in exchange for kindness and security. Luis probably came from a racetrack. Eventually they were abandoned.
Back by Popular Demand:
The No More Homeless Pets National Conference
Is achieving a country with No More Homeless Pets possible? You bet it is! Every day, more progress is being made, more lives are being saved. But there is still work to be done, and all of us have a part to play.