About the Book
A Definitive Guide to the Galgo Espanol
Including history of the breed, diseases, Spanish and European animal protection laws, Spanish and International rescue associations.
Follow the story of a rescued galga and her puppies, what happens to her, where do her puppies go, what else happens at the shleter, what happens to other galgos?
A must read for everyone wanting to know about this breed.
About the Author
Probably born with poised pencil in one hand and open notebook in the other, I’ve written for as long as I can remember.
Journals, school newspapers, freebie newspapers. Worked for BBC Manchester regional radio, then moved toSuffolkand worked in BBC local radio.
Early retirement beckoned in 2002 and my husband and I moved to a 15-hectare farm inWestern Francealong with 2 horses, 2 cats and 3 dogs.
My passion for greyhounds and galgos was born in Suffolk, UK, whenin 1992 a stray greyhound turned up on our doorstep. In those days the dog rescue centres were full of greyhounds, no one wanted to adopt one, so we kept her. She became a PAT (Pets as Therapy) dog and thoroughly enjoyed visiting old folks' homes, especially when the birthday cakes came out!
Current residents now include a French lurcher rescued from the streets nearToulouse, a beautiful galga (female galgo) rescued from the Cordoba Killing Station, a male galgo who hadly injured a foreleg escaping from a kennel, a white galgo puppy whose hind leg was broken before he was 2 months old and which healed deformed. He will need ongoing operations to help the leg 'grow' as he grows. And finally Podenca Andaluz Bebe - found badly injured on aSevillemotorway. We are a foster home for galgos and podencos rescued fromSpainand looking for their forever homes inFranceand I also travel toSpainon rescue missions, visiting refuges and shelters around the country.
I have 2 blogs about dogs, Galgo News and Podenco Post. Where did the idea of Galgo News come from? I'd written a couple of articles about the plight of galgos inSpainfor the Weekly Telegraph and This French Life and the suggestion of a 'galgo blog' developed from there. It's now taken over my life - once you've had a galgo or podenco, helping improve their lot inSpainbecomes a passion - and as I've always been a communicator, what better way of helping raise their profile than via my weblogs and Facebook pages Save the Galgo and Help the Podencos.
I organise letter-writing campaigns to the Spanish national and regional governments, the Spanish hunting federations and Members of the European Parliament. Numbers of galgos abandoned in 2012-2013 rose dramatically to approximately 120,000-150,000.
I will continue my fight for an end to the misery of life for a galgo in Spain until I and the thousands of other sympathisers win!