The greyhound, unlike all other dog breeds, was not created and selected by man, it is a product of nature already represented in the early graffiti of high Mesopotamia and arrived to us practically intact.
The man, who transforms everything, didn't feel the need to intervene on the greyhound.
He was the first animal to collaborate with man, he is morbidly attached to his owner, he is lazy and loves to sleep, but he is ready to transform into a fast hunter, careful gaze and snapping muscles.
He's tender, affectionate, reserved, never intrusive, discreet presence by your side.
It's a majestic dog, fast as the wind and light as a feather.
This is a story from a vet in South Africa. Not about galgos but but probably there are many more vets around the world and in Spain who feel the same as her, putting down healthy galgos in perreras.
'I have been writing this post in my head for nearly 3 years and until today I've never been brave enough to post it. But recently some people doing similar work and facing much the same reality have used social media to speak up about a topic that for so long has not been discussed. Their bravery has given me the courage to finally share my thoughts and experiences about something that I’ve needed to for so long.
Today I euthanased 5 dogs. This is not an uncommon task for a vet to perform and getting into the profession you are well aware of the fact that this is something you will have to do in your chosen career. However, the dogs I put down today were not sick, they were not injured, they were not old and they were not unhealthy in any way. They were not untamed and they were not aggressive. They were perfect, healthy and normal dogs. There was no reason for them to lose their lives today other than that they were failed by humans because of the current overpopulation crisis of domestic animals particularly dogs that so few people are prepared to accept and try to understand.
Galgos 112 explains what a galgo needs to learn when going into foster or adoption.
'Galga Leía just arrived at her foster home. The most trivial things are a challenge for her. From going up and down stairs, an elevator, TV or a vacuum cleaner. At first it's not easy for them and it's the work of the family that welcomes them to help them get through this stage patiently, without trauma. It's an exciting and very rewarding task.
Being foster family is not only opening your home to a dog who needs to physically recover. It's so much more. To foster also means meeting each dog, understanding and introducing him into a different world by taking the first steps in his education. It's accompanying him and giving him the help he needs to recover that worthy life he should always have.
If you haven't had this experience yet we encourage you to host at least once, better if more. Without foster homes we can't help them anymore.
Back in 1994 when my first greyhound turned up at our home, as a stray, and no one was adopting greyhounds in those days...Greyhounds In Need was only just getting off the ground. Molly was such a lovely friendly hound that I proposed her as a Pets as Therapy dog. We used to visit a retirement home where she loved meeting the residents, telling their stories of dogs they had owned, and sharing the cake when they had a birthday!
Yo Galgo has made a film about them galgos as therapy dogs.
'our #6 podcast is out!! It´s open, free, and about a very important topic - Galgos as therapy dogs with Sherry Mangold
Today´s podcast shows us the power of animal companionship, and the possibilities that working with dogs brings to modern medicine. https://www.moonleaks.org/galgos-as-therapy-dogs/
#6 Podcast - Greyhounds as therapy dogs with Sherry Mangold
Today's podcast, in English, shows us the therapeutic power of an animal and the possibilities working with dogs brings to modern medicine. https://www.moonleaks.org/galgos-as-therapy-dogs/
Protectora Scooby have hundreds of rescued dogs and cats in their shelters and desperately need to give them treatment. Here's what they say.
'Raising money for Protective and Sanctuary Scooby and your contribution will make a difference regardless of the amount. Any help counts. Thank you for your support. We need to deworm our dogs and cats, both those who are already in the shelter and those who are arriving and as they have to do both external and internally, and it is not the same to do so with 50 animals as with 200. We have sought an effective and very comfortable product for dogs (CREDELIO PLUS) as with a single pill, furry ones are protected for a month from ticks, fleas and gut worms.
When placing the order directly from the supplier, the product comes out more economical but we have a large number of animals and need to raise €2500,00. Can you give us a donation please, no matter how small.