DAY 177: MEETING MINI ME: MARTIN THE RESCUE PODENCO
I have a dog named after me, I’d better go and hang out with it.
Today I met with Linda, a friend of Charlotte and one of the wonderful people caring for Martin the Rescued Podenco. I asked what inspired her to call the dog Martin. She said ‘they had run out of ideas for names so just used mine’. Well, I only hope my mother didn’t do the same
A few days back, the little podenco and the big galga were rescued.
I had tried but failed to catch them on my last trip, along with my three Spanish women friends with whom I could not speak a word – we had a net, we had snacks, we had sign language but we had no luck.
(to see some new prints for sale please scroll to the bottom)
Miguel the wonder dog-catcher.
The dogs were finally caught by a man called Miguel who I have since discovered is quietly famous in these parts – one woman I met recently said, vaguely swooning, ‘he has a way to him, he can catch any animals, I’ve seen him run across rooftops to rescue kittens, he can charm any dog’ I wondered if he had chased her.
(I see Miguel as a more impressive version of myself. Where I am pale he is tanned. Where I have a scruffy stubble he has bristle. Where I rescue snails he wrestles bears. Probably. Well, I bet he didn’t win the school disco prize when he was ten years old by doing the splits in the school hall (and ripping his trousers down the crotch) Oh, he did?)
I was keen to see Martin in particular, not just because he was named after me but because he seemed the sorrier of the two – trailing after the elegant black galga with a limp and that mysterious string digging into his waist. SOMEONE LOOSEN HIS FLIPPING BELT!!
Podencos are the less glamorous brother of the Gaglo: they suffer the same awful hardships but get over-looked because, like wannabe models rejected from a casting session, their legs aren’t so long and their bodies not so thin.
But this one is a great colour, cute eyes, a real beauty.
The thing is little Martin shakes like a child holding a road drill. Quivering with fear the whole time. I don’t blame him and sure he will recover soon but I HATE the way we inflict this level of fear on these little creatures. I gave him a stroke and hug, naturally he was astonished we had the same name.
NEW PRINTS FOR THE PODENCO
From the sales of the recent sketches we’ve raised enough money to look after Martin for the next few weeks and pay for all his initial medical tests. But, under the burden of that this dog is now practically my child, Martin Jr II, I’m releasing some more prints below in the hope that we can provide ongoing care in the next few months and get mini-me on teh road to recovery much faster.
For the above sketch only:
£33 + PP (£3 will go towards printing costs)
6×8 inch water colour paper
Archival inkjet with signature
Limited to 50 editions of each
By the way, the lovely Galga is doing fine (if also terrified) but is staying not far away in another shelter. As soon as Martin is physically better he’ll be reunited with the Galga so let’s get him better sooooon!
Along with Martin are some other rescued dogs with real characters, all of whom have kindly agreed to forgo their modelling fee for the sake of helping Martin. Some aren’t the handsomest kids in town but please buy what you can.
PRINTS: Any of the below prints are available for sale and the money will go to Martin and the Galga direct. For prices click here. Remember to add postage!
TOMORROW: my visit to FBM, the vast Galgo rescue centre in Seville.