It's taken me time to write about Greta, its common when we receieve a galgo to write about them, but Greta .. Greta while all galgos have a story Greta drew me in and needed to be understood before I could write anything about her.
It's a fact that in truth we will never know what happened to Greta in her past, we can only make an assessment on what we see now. She cannot talk, she cannot tell us.. but pain she has felt, and that she can show us.
It's been a week since she came from Galgos del Sol, and she draws you in. If you saw her you would instantly be attracted to her, her nose is as long and thin as anything I've seen, her lower jaw slightly cut below the top one, and thin. A typical way in which an abandoned galgo is found. She is going to be an amazing galga. I've told her to hold on, 'cos one day soon she will shine.
Her eyes sad, sadder than sad, ashamed of herself and all she has been through. For being a galga in Spain, it's hell, sheer trash. Here in the photo you see Dioni collecting Greta in his arms, for this was her way of getting from one place to another, being carried. Her legs just wouldn't work. Her fear just made her freeze and the possibility of more pain for Greta was too much to bare.
You want to draw close to her, you want to hold her and embrace her and tell her its all ok now, but she cant believe you, she doesnt know how. It's common to see a galgo "blocked" in fear, holding off wee-ing for what will happen to them if they do such a simple natural act.. but Greta, she has withdrawal on her - from the world, and rawness of her past scars her eyes.
Too much at just 18 months of age. A beauty of a galga, but robbed of that treasure. For the simple reason of her just needing to find herself, it's has no effect to her to be cuddled right now.. routine and seeing the group in the kennels here go for their walks can do more for her than hugs to a rigid body. To a body shell of a galga.
Over the week she has been quietly left, allowed to "just be" - she showed absolutely no interest in walking, and hid in the corner as if she was not there. Every now and then Henrietta and the other galgos would come close, put their nose to her as if to say, "It's ok here, you've made it". Then they would walk away and leave her. Her food although put there, she wouldn't eat. The others who know their routine would walk over to it, but it's as if between them her pain showed and not one of the other dogs went to eat her plate. She has an inner feeling about her.
I've watched Greta carefully and she has had several days of watching the other galgos go out for their walks, the routine can offer far more to her than anything else at this time. During the course of the week, when she cowered down in the corner we would gently pick her up and place her on a bed.. "This is your bed Greta" not a cold floor.
Again and again this process would take place. Towards the end of the week, I felt a nose, to find Greta there. She had managed to move and that was something. Lisa (volunteer with 112carlotagalgos) has fallen for her head over heels, you know, sometimes there's that special "pull" and we cant help it.
2 days ago I made the decision it was time.. it was time Greta faced the outside world. It's hard to see them so ashamed, but putting on a lead has meant hell on earth for Greta, it has meant punishment and pain. This is clear! She would freeze and pull back with all her strength, but sometimes I feel they cannot live in their fear and at the right time they have to come out of it. Otherwise we can't help them. So the lead goes on, the pack get ready, their daily routine of walking out and gettig ready at the door.
With all on the go forward, Greta pulls back, she just can't do it, she just can't. For Greta what would it mean what exactly? Where are they all going with leads on...
So I had to pull her, she must walk. At times again I'd see Henrietta go back and touch her nose, as if to say "Greta, our walks are fun, it's ok". We would go step by step. Wait, she needs to catch her breath since her fear makes her lose it but we have to carry on.
Now at just over a week with us, we've spotted her with the others, having a little jump onto her bed,.. eating her food in her bowl. And while she struggles with the concept of a walk, she doesn't run to the corner and pretend not to be there. It will take time for Greta to become normalised but she will get there, and the promise I made to her to shine will transpire. She will not only be a galga who is stunning, but maybe one day, she will touch the nose of another to give that one hope too.
I'm no expert, and I'm no psychic, but the reactions I've seen from Greta towards the lead and sheer fear.. makes me wonder 'how can a dog come to this.? Being beaten so many times by a lead, it's possible. But my thoughts sway to her actually being "dragged by her lead" by her neck.. perhaps trained from a motorbike, somehow to this effect she has been dragged. She has been forced beyond her will to do something which has inflicted pain and shame on her, and now it's our job to show her a new life, a new way and one which will never ever again hurt her.
I've seen some small tiny steps already with her and will send you photos when we get to the stage of her being a stunning galga who has overcome her previous fear and will jump up at the lead, for it means her walking time is due.
For the hunter, who thinks these animals are no more than tools, no more than trash, may your come upance be strong, may you meet your equal, may you learn a better way and if God cannot help you, may you rot in hell!
Sr.Galguero, you have blood on your hands.
Hang in there Greta, you are free and will know a new life which offers hope and love.
For sure, we will keep you informed of her progress.
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" We are all routing for you Greta, because we believe in you!"
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"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing!" A.Einstein.
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