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!