Pet Project Mallorca

Every week we aim to re home an animal currently being cared for by an animal refuge on the island. The project is supported by professional photographers from around the island, the PR firm Phoenix Media, and The Majorca Daily Bulletin.

Category: Spanish galgo

DogsforU Spring Fayre – Benny needs a new home.

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DogsforU Spring Fayre

Dogs for U FayreA date for your diaries: DogsforU is holding a Spring Fayre in Inca on Saturday 29th March with fun for all the family.  The entertainment includes live music, games, tombola, a dog obedience demonstration and a chance to meet the dogs waiting to find their forever homes. Scrumptious cakes and quiches and a variety of drinks will be on sale as well as books, plants, quality bric-a-brac and DogsforU merchandise. All proceeds go towards the rehabilitation and rehoming of the dogs in their care. The event runs from 11am to 2pm.

How to find them: Take the Inca Hospital exit from Cornelia and some of the dogsMA13, go past the hospital Dog agility demonstrations at DogsForUand take the second exit from the hospital roundabout (towards Inca). Take the first right turn and then keep left on the road alongside the highway. Look out for our DogsforU banner and signage. Roadside parking is available. For more information contact Cornelia on: 637242228 or cascavalls@yahoo.de.

 

Benny needs a new home.
Benny (2)He is a 6 year old pure breed Podenco Ibicenco (Spanish greyhound) neutered male.
He has always been healthy and is in very good physical condition. Podenco´s are the only known breed that are inherently resistant to Leishmania!  He measures 70cm to his shoulder and weighs around 25 kg. His fur is white with brown around both ears and one eye. Benny loves people and children and has a bright nature, loves being petted and is very obedient and quiet in the house. He loves SONY DSCwalks in the great outdoors but, since he has strong hunting instincts, usually needs to stay on the lead. He would be best suited to a family with no other animals or perhaps with another large dog.  You can get more information from Calvia Vet Anna Pink Dr. Anna Pink BSc MRCVS Col. 820 on tel. 971695108, 634524440 or contact them through their website www.calviavet.com

 

About Pet Project. Every week we try to help an animal refuge centre in Majorca or try to help to an animal to find a permanent home. If you would like to help then you can contact Pet Project Mallorca on Facebook or on our site http://www.petprojectmallorca.com. The Pet Project column is an ongoing collaboration between the PR firm Phoenix Media, and the Majorca Daily Bulletin. 

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Saving the galgos

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By Vicki McLeod

About 150 people and dogs took to the streets of Palma last weekend to protest about the terrible treatment of “Galgos” in Spain. The Galgo Español (Spanish galgo) or Spanish greyhound is an ancient breed of dog, specifically a member of the sight hound family.

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A staggering 50`000 dogs are put down every year at the end of the hunting season in Spain. The reasons given are that the dogs weren’t good enough hunting dogs, that they were too old (and by this they mean around three DSC_0016years old), or even that the hunter in question just can’t be bothered to look after the animals until the next season. The manner in which these dogs are put down cruel, lazy and in the views of many, totally unacceptable. The dogs are left to starve to death, or they are beaten until they die, or shot, or run over by a vehicle or even hung by their necks, the hunters call that “playing the piano” because of the way that the animals move as they are dying. There are even crueller practices than this but out of respect to the kind readers of Pet Project I am not going to name them. The animals aren’t treated well when they are alive either, it’s a disgrace that the practices are not regulated or policed thoroughly and that it seems to be accepted as the norm by so many.

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It’s calculated that about 60% of animals which are abandoned in Spain are Galgos. It’s very saddening because the Galgo is a lovely, kind, peaceful breed which is great in the house (they love to chill out and sleep), very good with children and other animals and an absolute delight to watch in action when DSC_0064they are out on their runs.  The Galgo is not only “the Spanish greyhound” but also “the Spanish dog”. The breed has a long and noble history in Spain stretching back over hundreds of years. Its name is probably derived from the Latin “Canis Gallicus” or “Dog from Gaul”. The Spanish word for all kinds of Greyhounds – including the Galgo – is “lebrel”, which means “harrier” or “dog for chasing hares”, since “liebre” is Spanish for hare.

Thanks to Christian Smith for his photos of the event. You can see more of his work at christiansmithphotography.tumblr.com.

If you want to meet or adopt a Galgo then ask at your local animal refuge. You can find a list of your local refuges online at http://www.petprojectmallorca.com where you can also see previous Pet Project articles.

About Pet Project.

Every week Pet Project aims to help to help an animal rescue organisation in Majorca to raise awareness and funds, or to help rehome or foster out an animal. Pet Project is a collaboration between the Majorca Daily Bulletin, the PR firm Phoenix Media, the animal refuges, and some of the island’s best professional and amateur photographers. If you can help then get in touch phoenixmediamallorca@gmail.com.