Black is beautiful and this is stunning galgo Phoenix, rescued and safe now with Dogs of Portugal. See more about him on this weblink. Contact Dogs of Portugal direct if you can offer him a forever home.
In the 13 years I've been involved in the plight of the Spanish galgos and podencos, I've fostered several dogs which I've brought back with L'Europe des Levriers from Spain for rehoming. Only 3 of them didn't go on to forever homes elsewhere. Podenca Bebe, galga Carmela and galgo Bracken remained with us. Why? Well, Bebe was my nickname at school and she was rescued by a wonderful young Spanish girl called Marisa - which is my daughter's name. So you see, I couldn't let her go! Carmela came as a foster with serious behaviour problems and by the time over 2 years had passed and she had become what I would term a 'normal' dog, I could not break her trust by homing her elsewhere. And Bracken? He was already reserved by a couple in the UK and we took him and handed him over ourselves. Sadly a few months later due to unforeseen very serious health problems with the couple, their hounds had to be rehomed. As soon as my husband knew, he hopped in the car and drove back to the UK to bring Bracken home!
Fostering a dog is very rewarding and it helps the shelters insofar as when one dog is fostered, it leaves room for another needy dog to be rescued. Unfortunately at the moment, our household is not suitable for fostering. Bracken and Polar would not tolerate another male dog introduced and Bebe is such a dominant bitch she would not tolerate another female.
So here are some other points to consider about fostering.
Beth Travis has written the story of how she came to be involved with galgos and the ones she adopted.
'The pics I have attached Pablo (tri-colored) and Cisco (white) and Drogo (brindle).
I have always had 2 dogs so that when I am at work they can keep each other company. When my one dog passed away of old age I was looking for a companion for my other dog. I don’t have children so my dogs have always been the focus of my life to love and spoil. I was talking about it at work when a co-worker said I have a Galgo from Spain and I am fostering a Galgo Whippet mix. My response was “what the heck is a Galgo”. Most people in the US have never heard of a Galgo and as soon as I saw his picture I fell in love with him. I called him Pablo and was told the family that first adopted him returned him because he hid in the closet. My co-worker was trying to get him socialized so he could be adopted to his forever home. He came from out of state from a woman who brought a couple galgos from Spain and was cross breeding them with other breeds of dogs. But it seemed to be more of a puppy mill where they were just kept in cages and not socialized.
All my galgos have luckily arrived with fairly good teeth but my little podenca Bebe was about 5 when she was rescued injured from a Seville road, very thin and petrified. Her teeth were already in a poor state. In the 12 years she has been with me, she has had her 4 front teeth removed because they were bad, and also a couple of back teeth. Despite being given chews regularly.
The Blue Cross charity has the following advice on dental care for canines. Click on this link.
'I'm asking for help for a gaglgo rescued 1 year ago and who hasn't found adoption yet. He is about three / four years old, in good health and, like the others, has a hunter's instinct. He is in Malaga and he can travel. He is very good with people and children. His name is Percy.
Not about galgos but greyhounds, who also suffer terrible abuse. Hundreds of British, Irish and Australian greyhounds end up in China, where they eat dogs, as you know! Belle Vue, Manchester, and Peterborough Stadiums are two recent closures in England, Florida is a recent closure in the US, and now Kansas. Grey2K USA has launched a 'Help End Greyhound Racing' action pack of petitions.
'Big news is that a Kansas dog track will be sold to create greenspace and a new business center offering 1,000 jobs, we know that the trend is with the greyhounds. That's why we have just launched our brand new action center! That’s right, greyhound advocates can now sign multiple petitions to decision makers around the world, send emails with a click of the mouse to every governor in every US racing state, and share special memes and messages on social media to help greyhounds far and wide.'
'This goodbye is really going to hurt. Remember Amy who was living in atrocious conditions during the lockdown. Sue JAy, through a friend, and myself, and with veterinary support managed to get her out of danger and down to Mijas where she was examined and vaccinated by Costapet.
Amy came into my life as an unknown quantity but, immediately found her place in my heart. She is such a beautiful character, kind, so loving and also funny. When we were at Costapet she stole a treat whilst I was paying for her treatment, and brought it home with her. She settled in so easily with Rosely and the very timid little Pearl. But every time I put clean washing on the table Amy decided it was her place to sleep! I put a box on the table to stop her doing this and she decided that was better to sleep in the box than on top of the washing as she could curl up better in it.
This poor galga was found on the street this week. I've asked if she has been rescued yet.
This galguita has given birth on the street in Merida. She's in danger, because some neighbors don't want her over there.
Provisional foster is needed where you can have mommy and babies until they can give up for adoption.
Can you help?