I've seen some nasty photos of ticks on galgos and podencos over the years of writing my blogs, but this must be the worst. Luckily the galgo is with SOS Rescue, I've asked what they use to remove so many bloodsuckers and if the dod is anaemic.
SOS Rescue says 'Another urgent rescue. This is unacceptable and this is the state of greyhounds in Spain. Eaten by ticks. We need your help. Going straight to the vet and residence.
OH and Bracken were lucky this morning. They had just got back to the car after a lovely walk along the river bank when a BMW 4x4 pulled up with 3 boisterous dogs inside. Luckily the owner didn't let them out until OH had put Bracken in the car, whereupon she opened the tailgate and the 3 dogs flew out leaping around. Bracken isn't very friendly towards other dogs now, so it could have been an unpleasant situation! Having said that, their owner should train them to wait in the car till she gives permission to leave, it's what we do with our dogs.
I've copied this story from the facebook page of GalgoPod Andco, report of a meeting with galgueros in 2016. Sadly, for all the efforts of all the rescue associations and fosterers and adoptants, the situation has not changed. Except I would say there are not so many reports of galgos being hung...the galgueros are very well aware of the bad publicity it gives them!
'MEETINGS WITH THE GALGUEROS
A tall and strong man, rustic, he could almost seem friendly to us if we didn't know he's a galguero. We meet him in town to meet his galgo, the one he wants to ′′ offer a nice retirement ′′ because he's ′′ the best hunter he's ever had ", a kind of reward for hunting years and the prestige that he made his master rejoice. Isn't having the best dog a hunter's dream...
The man knows perfectly how we treat our galgos in France, this dog's mother was adopted a few years ago and he's seen pictures, he wants this life for his dog, but can't afford it... Marie Angelique shows a photo of his galgas comfortably installed on the corner sofa, he's not surprised, that's what he wants for his dog.
The man is proud of his galgo, scrolling it in front of us, like on display, and the dog lends itself perfectly. He detaches him, we're downtown, the dog doesn't move, he listens to his finger and eye and looks at his galguero with the eyes of love. But that look is also borrowed from fear. There is an undeniable complicity between the two, showing the dog's unfailing loyalty to his owner, whatever the conditions.
'Unfortunately our washing machine no longer works. We now waste a lot of time going to the launderette to wash everything properly. There is no budget to buy a new washing machine as we currently have a number of dogs that need extra medical care.
This is a call for help to buy a new one, estimated price for a new machine 400 €.