Día Del Galgo – World Galgo Day

Hi Everyone! Nymeria here.

I’m taking over the blog today to talk about a very special day today. It’s Día Del Galgo or World Galgo Day! Though Galgos (and Podencos) need help all year round, February 1 was chosen as the day to unite people to help bring awareness to our plight. This is the official website if you would like more information: www.diadelgalgo.com

The galgo is an ancient breed, originally brought to Spain by noblepersons and was held in high esteem.  After years and years of theft and breeding by the lower class, the galgo became viewed as a “trash dog” and only owned by the lower classes. The galgo was bred for hunting (hare) and coursing. They spend their lives in damp, tiny dirty holes or windowless shacks until they are needed to hunt. They are typically fed only water and bread, it is believed that they hunt better when starving. They are deprived of any human affection because it is believed to harm their hunting abilities. Unfortunately, once the hunting season is over, the Galgueros (galgo handlers) deem the galgos worthless or too costly to maintain. It is cheaper for them to buy new dogs than to feed the old ones.  Many are killed in a variety of inhuman ways. The “lucky ones” are dumped at the shelter while others are shot, poisoned, drowned, hanged or even burned to death.

It’s been an ongoing fight to stop the hunting in Spain and unfortunately thousands of Galgos and Podencos are still being killed, tortured and abandoned every year. The number is estimated to be 150,000.

Rescues like Scooby Medina, Galgo Del Sol, Ibizan Hound Rescue, Galgos en Familia and many others are filling up with thousands of puppies, adults and seniors, all trying to find them forever homes. They are always in need of donations and foster homes.

My fellow galga Avalon and myself have been fortunate enough to find loving homes here in Canada. Avalon was rescued by the lovely people of Ibizan Hound Rescue.

Isn’t she the cutest puppy you have ever seen?? Just look at that sweet face! You never know it just by looking at her but she’s a very mischievous little girl!

I was rescued by Scooby Medina.

I was found with a male black Galgo named Timon. They’re not sure if he was my dad but we were very attached to one another. We both had very bad skin when we first arrived in the shelter. They gave me a tennis ball to help burn off my energy! All I wanted to do was play play play! Timon was very shy and weary of people. Eventually I was moved into another paddock with other puppies my age. Sadly he is still at the shelter. He has not been adopted yet 😦

 

I was a really tiny puppy! I’m definitely not that small anymore! BOL!

My humom thinks that I am a mix of a wired haired Podenco and a Galgo. I have the ears and hair of a Podenco but the brindle of a Galgo. Let’s not forget my long tail of mine! It’s measured at 22 inches!

Watching the sunset with my buddy Duffy

Watching the airplanes fly by

I couldn’t have imagined living such a great life with my new family and having such great friends!

Mia and I got off to a rocky start but we’re really bonding now!

We both share a dislike for picture taking when we are trying to nap!

We both love a good run in the forest and a post powernap in the car!

Gobby face! Following in my sister’s footsteps! You’re not having enough fun until you’ve got gob all over your face! BOL!

We’re on the lookout!

Did I mention all the toys I get to play with?? This one is my favorite…it’s actually Mia’s but I stole it!

I’ll even put up with being dressed up! Mia doesn’t look too pleased. BOL! This was for Wilhelmina’s humoms birthday!

I really hope that one day all this terrible hunting will be banned in Spain and that all my galgo and podenco friends will be all free and living in wonderful loving forever homes. We have to keep fighting the fight and help all these rescues in any way we can!

A special thank you goes out to those who helped me and my family bring me here to Vancouver, BC. I am so thankful and appreciative to have such generous, caring people and dogs in my life!

~Nymeria~

Sunday Funday – Puppy Sitting!

Hi Guys! Nymeria here! Mia FINALLY let me take over the blog today since today’s post doesn’t really involve her much. She was too busy HIDING from a tiny little puppy named–

Mia: Excuse me?? How dare you say that?? I wasn’t hiding…I was getting out of your way since you two were running around everywhere!

Well it’s my blog post today so I’m going to say you were HIDING! HA! Anyway, before I was RUDELY interrupted…I was going to say..the puppy’s name is Radar!

He’s a 4 month old French Bulldog and boy does he have a lot of energy! This chubby little nugget was non-stop!

My humom tried really hard to get some good photos but all she got were white blurs! BOL!

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We had so much fun playing together, both my humom and Radar’s humom were really surprised! (Because of our size difference)  But my humom was really proud of me because I was really gentle with him.

He settled into our place quite quickly! The first thing he did when he came in was grab a bone and went on the bed to chew on it! What a character!

He also helped himself to our toy bin!

But I didn’t mind, I was good at sharing my toys. Well…maybe not my favorite ones…but I let him have my snake rope. (Actually it used to be Mia’s but she doesn’t play with it anymore).

My humom started to miss Mia’s puppy days until Radar had an accident on the rug…and then in the bedroom (that one was a STINKY ONE!)..and then another accident under the dining table…in the hallway….where did this guy hold all his pee??? Even though she had placed a pee pad on the floor…he never used it. BOL!

Mia never really warmed up to him by the time Radar’s humom came to pick him up, but I sure hope he come back!

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I hope he doesn’t come back!

Hope you guys had a great weekend!

~Nymeria~

 

Friday Forest Fun with Friends!

Happy Friday Everyone!

How was everyone’s week? Are you glad it’s finally the weekend?

This week’s forest fun is brought to you by myself, Nymeria, Bruno and Pyper! You might have seen Pyper in a couple of my posts, we ran into each other at lowtide last summer and I also featured her on my National Black Dog day post!

Pyper’s humom saw how much fun I was having in the forest from my Instagram page so she asked to join us the next time we were going! The more the merrier!!

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It was a dark and very wet dreary day but the great company sure made up for it! We had a lot of fun running around, sniffing things and getting lots of treats!

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Hey! Wait up guys!

My humom kept telling me to stop showing off to Pyper’s humom. What??? How dare you Mom! I like jumping on stumps! I do it for the treats!!! (Okay MAYBE I like the attention too..heehee)

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Of course, the humoms all wanted at least one nice group shot of us but it was proving to be very difficult because Nymeria refused to cooperate! In her defense, she had never met Pyper’s humom and Bruno’s humom only a handful of times…so that kind of made her a little nervous.

This was the best we could get BOL!

Nymeria: Uh…Excuse me?? I was not nervous…I was letting you guys have the limelight because if I showed up I would have stolen the show…I mean…look how majestic I look on this rock!

Mia: Uh..yea sure Nymeria. Whatever you say *rolleyes*

There were a couple of women that were watching us get our photos taken and one of them commented on how similar Pyper and I look! She asked if we were siblings!

On our way back my humom suggested that Bruno’s humom try and give Nymeria a treat. Last time she was too shy to take it, but this time my humom was prepared!…She brought little bits of pepperoni (for dogs)!!!

Success!!!

By the way, these AMAZINGGGGG photos were taken by Pyper’s humom. She brought a really fancy camera and snapped a bunch of great shots. My humom was sad that her camera phone died really early into our walk but was so very happy that Pyper’s humom was taking so many photos of everyone!

Well that’s all I got for today! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Pee S. If you noticed that I was the only one that didn’t have a jacket on…I did at the start of the walk but after running around through the forest it fell off!! Luckily I knew where it fell and I led my mom to it and she decided to let me run nakie! Weee!

Double Mischief Monday- Caught in the act!

It’s another Monday and that means another installment of Mischief Monday!

This time though, my humom thought it was pretty funny…no no, she’s feeling fine don’t worry. She thought it was funny this time because she was so focused on me that little did she know…she also caught Nymeria in the act!

She didn’t realize she caught Nymeria on camera until she went back much later to look through her photos! BOL!

BUSTED!

Hope you guys make it through Monday! Did you get into any mischief??

 

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Pee S. In case you were wondering what we were rolling in…it was sea otter poop!! It’s like the jackpot of poops cuz it’s super fishy and stinky and leaves this PAWSOME dark green color on your body and clothes! It also tastes super yummy too! :p

New Toys and Friday Forest Fun!

Hi Friends! It’s finally Friday! How was everyone’s week?

We’re so happy that it’s FRI-YAY! That means our weekend adventures are about to start! We haven’t had the opportunity to show you all the Christmas loot we got this year (WE GOT A LOT!) but definitely our FAVORITE gifts was…

…NEW CHUCK-IT BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mom, stop taking pictures and throw the ball already! Look how nicely we are sitting and patiently waiting!

Wilhelmina’s Humom bought them for me! She knows how much I love to play fetch. And because I’m such a nice sister, I shared them with Nymeria too. (I should get some extra treats for that!)

My humom was very thankful for Wilhelmina’s humom for buying me these balls because I like to chew on them. Tennis balls aren’t very safe for pups like me because we can ingest those tiny yellow fibers and it’s not good for our tummies!

I love you, little blue ball. You are my best friend (after Wilhelmina of course!)

Nymeria is a very quick study. She’s already learned that she has to sit before our humom throws the ball. (In my case she makes me lie down because sometimes I get impatient and I jump up to grab it. That is a BIG no-no…humom gets super angry when we do that). Nymeria is also figuring out that she has to bring the ball back before the next one gets thrown.  She’s not always consistent but for 2 months being here, I’d say she’s doing really well!

Here’s a video!

Do you remember in my last post I mentioned that Nymeria was really fast? In fact, sometimes TOO fast for me? Well, when it comes to chasing balls, she’s got nothing on me! Sometimes I’ll give her a chance and let her have the ball 😉

Nymeria is trying to get the ball from my mouth! But I caught it first!

We’re ready for the next throw!

Just when we thought the fun was over, our Humom took us to the forest!!!!! We thought we were going home but nope, our humom thought we could run around in the forest a bit! I was soooooooooooo so so so EXCITED!!!!!

We haven’t been able to go to the forest as often as we used to because my humom is still working on Nymeria’s recall. Since she is still a little nervous with strangers, we tend to go to off leash areas during non-peak times. Today was one of those times so Nymeria got to explore off leash on the less busier trails! She was SO HAPPY! She was really good too, she stuck close to me and Humom and when she saw other strangers walking by she would just hide behind a tree and watch them go by and then come back out.

Certain areas my humom will put her on leash because she doesn’t want Nymeria to get startled and run off deep into the forest where we can’t find her. It’s hard to find a time when the forest isn’t busy because it’s a very popular place, I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a stroll in a beautiful forest surrounded by trees, birds and water?? So any time we do go into the forest, it’s a real treat!

We had so much fun exploring together! We got super wet and muddy! It was great!

Unfortunately…the muddier the adventure, the higher change of a….BATH!!!!

Hurry! Give your best puppy dog eyes Nymeria! This is our last chance to change her mind!

Telling by how dirty our collars were…chances were slim of getting out of a bath…

In the end, it was all worth it! Boy are we pooped!!! Time to rest up for our next adventure tomorrow!!!

Good night friends! Hope you have a great weekend!

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