I've written this article on my Podenco Post blog but I want to share it with you because the situation with our podenco could just as easily be written about a galgo.
Bo (Bocelli) is a blind podenco we recently adopted from life on a chain in Lorca, Spain. Having both had dogs for all our seven decades of life, we have never had a blind dog. So it is a new experience for us. He has now been with us for a couple of months and is settling in very well. He can now find his way out of the kitchen into the garden to the toilet, and back again. Luckily we have a ramp at our back door rather than steps, which is much easier for him. He hasn't so far ventured into the rest of the bungalow but no doubt he will do it one day, in his own time.
He shares his home with Rosely, a sighted podenca, and very often shares his bed with her. She wears a bell on her collar so he always knows where she is. He is at the stage of wanting to play with her in the garden, but after 6 years shut in a shed breeding babies, Rosely doesn't know how to play. Her main interest is her stuffed toys, baby substitutes I suspect.
The Andalusian government declares unconditional help and support to the hunters, for what they declare, to be accomplices of torture. They declare to agree with the suffering, mistreatment, abuse and exploitation, which this sector systematically exerts on the dogs of the so-called "hunting breeds"
They also motivate them, through grants and bonuses
And we ask ourselves, where are their rights? The rights of all citizens who do not want to be complicit in this barbarism, of all of us who are not willing to be accomplices or executioners?
And most importantly, where are their rights? where are the rights of those animals that are tortured, slaughtered, killed and abandoned?
This wonderful galguito has come walking to our residence in Valladolid, obviously asking for help and we won't let him down. He has already passed through our hospital and will soon be operated. It's a lot of expenses and we need your help.
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Here is a glimpse of behind the scenes and what happened when the dogs land in Canada a few weeks ago.
I am often asked 'are the dogs stressed with the flight', but we prepare them by getting them comfortable with the flight crates. When I take them to vets they always are transported in flight crates and it's safer for them.
The dogs arrived and they were relaxed and calm and even though with people they have never met before they take everything in their stride. It takes an incredible amount of work and preparation both here in Spain and Canada so the dogs can fly. The paper work is complex and we have to double and triple check everything dealing with customs on both sides.
Numerous messages and phone calls and finally they were on their way.
The Ministry of Agriculture proposes to get hunting dogs out of the future Animal Welfare Act. This proposal leaves hunting dogs completely unprotected, denying them all protection and rights.
Until February 2, the National Strategy of Cinegetic Management is out for public consultation, so ALL CITIZENS CAN SEND OUR COMPLAINTS, CHANGE PROPOSALS, OR Suggestions to the following email address:
This galga is lucky not to have any broken bones after bring thrown over the wall at Protectora Scooby shelter. Here's her story from Fermin.
'I really cannot understand galgueros, they have thrown another galga over the fence, but this time with a microchip. Are you astonished? Me too. Anyway we will report the owner for mistreatment and meanwhile we will prepare her for adoption.
As well as the tens of thousands of galgos abandoned in various ways by the Spanish galgueros, the galgos in Portugal have a very hard time of it too. Here are 2 who were luckily for them taken to the DoP shelter.