I've made a couple of videos of the Spanish gang at home. In order of arrival, Bebe is the little Podenca Andaluz from Seville, now 14 years old; she came at 6 years old with a damaged hind leg from an RTA. Carmela is the grey/white brindle galga, 12 years old; she came as a foster dog with serious problems from maltreatment. I brought her out of Spain with me on one of the rescues with L'Europe des Levriers. It was over 2 years before I considered her recovered enough to be homed...so she stayed with us! Bracken is the dark brindle galgo, now 8 years old, from Galgos del Sol. He came as a foster, adopted in the UK but sadly, due to an ill-health change of circumstances there, David adopted him! Finally is cream galgo Polar, now 4 years old, from Pepis Dog Rescue in Pedrera. Regular readers know his story so far.
It is his left hind leg which he damaged as a puppy and 4 specialist vets have said there is no guarantee an operation would improve his movement. You can see in the videos that he is not hampered by it, but it is swollen with calcification of the bone. He's been on MSM but I am now putting him on Turmeric.
Would you believe that Malaga is saying here that anyone feeding homeless, lost or abandoned animals risks a fine of 500 euros!! That's an outrage! Spain is supposedly a civilised country!! Part of the European Union! There seems to be no sanction against those who abandon or abuse the animals but a 500 euro fine for anyone who dares to help them here. This is the reality in Malaga, Spain today. Spain, the land of bull-fighting and fines for feeding helpless animals.
Seemingly this law exists in most EU countries, including Portugal. It's an attempt to make people call authorities to pick up stray animals and take them to kennels, instead of supporting them on the streets and let them roam. A law that would only make sense if there where decent, no-kill shelters for all. It's hardly ever enforced, people just carry out helping as usual.
Never doubt that your help in giving dogs from here a home is invaluable.
21st June is Fete de la Musique in France where many towns and villages have an evening of music in the streets, culminating with a firework display at the end. We live at the opposite end from where the event is held in our village but, even so, the sound of music and fireworks carries across to us. The display last about 20 minutes, finishing with an enormous explosion of dozens of fireworks! Bebe and Bracken aren't bothered by the noise, Polar listens, cocks his head, trying to identify the sound. Carmela gets in a terrible state, rushing from room to room, unwilling to be held and comforted. Unusually this year my horse, out in the meadow, was unsettled by it all.
The next round of fireworks in France is 14th July, Bastille Day, luckily not celebrated noisily in our village!
4th July is Independence Day celebrations in the US, another day when fireworks play a large part in events.
In the UK it's 5th November - Bonfire Night - but fireworks also play a part in events throughout the summer - music festivals, Picnic in the Park and so on.
PLEASE SHARE: HOW TO MAKE AN OFFICIL COMPLAINT FOR ANIMAL ABUSE OR ABANDONMENT IN SPAIN
MO SWATEK·FRIDAY, 30 JUNE 2017
Due to the complete denial by the authorities (politicians of all levels) of the massive existence of animal abuse in Spain, our only possibility to make a difference is to report ALL and each of the cases that we see.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of cases are reported exclusively on the internet/social media but not to the authorities like the Spanish animal welfare police SEPRONA or directly to court, and the result is obvious. As nobody reports, the official statistics don't include any of the severe cases all of us find nearly daily. Neither are all the dogs that shelters without subsidies and private people collect daily in the Spanish streets considered in official statistics.