• DAY 191: BUY PRINTS TO GIVE MANGO A NEW LIFE

    Apr 04 2013

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    Meet Mango. She is the puppy that  Network forAnimals and myself rescued from the street where they sell dogs for the meat trade. I want to bring her home by selling prints of her. Please help!

    Shivering, chained to a wall and covered in ticks we bought her for $4 and got her to a vet. Now I desperately want to bring her back to the UK for a new life. It will take a few months…and some money.

    I’ve stupidly promised to bring her back. But to do so I will need at least £750.

    I need your help! I know you’ve given so much already but now I’ve gone and done it…I want to give a puppy a whole new life and somehow we are going to make it happen. Many many other dogs like mango don’t have this chance.

    TO SEE THE PRINTS SCROLL DOWN

    This is how we found the puppy, chained to a wall in a dark corridor. We think she is 3 months old.

    This is how we found the puppy, chained to a wall in a dark corridor. We think she is 3 months old.

    The street where they sell dogs for meat

    The street where they sell dogs for meat and where we bought Mango for $4

    TO BUY ONE OF THE BELOW PRINTS OR TO SIMPLY DONATE PLEASE CLICK HERE AND MARK AS ‘MANGO’ (see info on choosing prints below)

    All money will go to his vets bills, his care, his travel and finding him a loving home.

    I will keep you updated as to his progress as money comes in. THANK YOU!!!

     

    HOW TO BUY PRINTS

    1. Choose which images you want (note the NAME in capitals below each image)

    2. Choose the size (available sizes marked under each image)

    3. Add up the price

    4. Add packaging/post costs

    UK – £10

    EU- £15

    Rest of World – £20

    5. Hit the big red DONATE button or click here and send the total WITH A FULL DESCRIPTION OF EACH IMAGE AND SIZE WANTED.

    DON’T FORGET POSTAGE AND ALL IMAGE DESCRIPTIONS. IF YOU WANT ANY IMAGES WITHOUT LETTERING PLEASE SAY SO

     

    MANGO SIMPLE PORTRAIT Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    MANGO SIMPLE PORTRAIT No. 1  Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    STOP THE MEAT TRADE 16" £35+PP /  24" £60+PP

    STOP THE MEAT TRADE. Longest edge: 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    FISH AND CHIPS Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    FISH AND CHIPS Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

     

    MANGO SIMPLE PORTRAIT  NO.2 Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    MANGO SIMPLE PORTRAIT NO.2 Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    HANGING OUT: Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    HANGING OUT: Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    BRING ME HOME: Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    BRING ME HOME: Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    JUST SITTING: Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    JUST SITTING: Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    THAT UGLY MAN AND MANGO Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    ME AND MANGO Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    SO SLEEPY Longest edge: 12" £20 / 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    SO SLEEPY Longest edge: 12″ £25 / 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

    SAVE MANGO Longest edge: 16" £35+PP / 24" £60+PP

    SAVE MANGO Longest edge: 16″ £50+PP / 24″ £75+PP

     

     

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  • DAY 191: A PUPPY SAVED FROM THE DINNER TABLE!

    Apr 03 2013

     

    The ride home with the rescued dog. Time to piss all over Martin's legs

    The ride home with the rescued dog. Time to piss all over Martin’s legs

    I’m afraid we never managed to intercept a truck at night with dogs bound for the meat trade and with me dodging bullets – I apologise for the lack of drama and for not getting shot – but I do have some GOOD news.

    We saved a single, quivering, chained-up puppy from the dinner table.

    And I want to bring her home. Gulp.

    Meet MANGO. 

    MANGO - weird name, but curiously sweet

    MANGO – funny name, but curiously sweet

     

    Perhaps it’s for the best that we did not intercept a truck. Andrew told me that the stench alone of opening the  back of a vehicle full of dying dogs stuffed in bags and cages would be enough to stay with me for life. But all the same I’m frustrated. I came here to help.

    So instead we paid a trip to an area where the dog traders are known to live – and ply their trade. A small street on the outskirts of Manilla: charming, backwards, hot. Hot but chilling, because this is the very street where dogs are frequently purchased (or stolen) to then be shipped up to places like Baguio where they are made into stew. Mmmm.

    Andrew, Frank and Ros talk to a man on the street where dogs are frequently collected for dog meat. A few minutes later we saw the puppy

    Andrew, Frank and Ros talk to a man on the street where dogs are frequently collected for dog meat. A few minutes later we saw the puppy

    We almost missed the puppy. It was tied up in the shade by a small chain, shaking. The owner, who spoke no English, was more than happy to sell it for only $4.  A sure sign that when the dog was bigger and fatter he would have happily sold it on to the traders

    This is how we found the puppy, chained to a wall in a dark corridor. We think she is 3 months old.

    This is how we found the puppy, chained to a wall in a dark corridor. We think she is 3 months old.

    I called the puppy ‘Patrick’ at first after briefly checking he was a boy (I was filmed for a charity whilst checking his bits) and then found out later from the vet that he was in fact a her (I didn’t do GCSE biology – which is hardly an excuse).

    I then called her Mango. Erm. Mango are the most popular fruit here…and kind or…er…sweet.. (Just get over it!)

    The man was more than happy to sell the puppy for a few dollars.

    The man was more than happy to sell the puppy for a few dollars..and handle her roughly.

     

    Proud dad.

    Proud dad.

    She rode back in the car with me staring out at her old life passing away with no idea what that $4 could change so mcuh.

    And then, out of gratitude she peed all over my legs (does she own me now? Mango, I will be your lampost any day of the week) We took her to the best vets in the whole of the Philippines where she was checked over, de-ticked and kept in observation.

    Life and death is so brutal out here. And death is so pervasive out there that saving one dog may seem pointless: but it is a vote for life

    Waiting at the vets.

    Waiting at the vets.

    Check me out on this tall table...

    Er…what’s going on?

    Promise to get you a new home

    Promise to get you a new home

     

    Weirdly the vet was being filmed for Filipino TV when I came in for some reality show...when asked what I was doing here I made the fatal mistake of saying I liked Indonesia. I am now officially an idiot...ON INDONESIAN TV (i mean filipppino tv)

    Weirdly the vet was being filmed for Filipino TV when I came in for some reality show…when asked what I was doing here I made the fatal mistake of saying I liked Indonesia. I am now officially an idiot…ON INDONESIAN TV (i mean filipppino tv)

    A decent meal

    A decent meal

     

    Can Mangoes be imported to the UK?

    I’m now in serious trouble.

    I HAVE PROMISED TO GET THIS DOG BACK TO THE UK.

    Double gulp.

    I don’t want her to be another Cordelia.

    This little thing REALLY perked up when she had some attention. It will take months to get all the paperwork and tests together but I am determined. In the meantime she will stay with the vet’s mother but it is NOT a long term solution.

    There is no dog-shelter in the Philippines that I am leaving this dog in, there is no home we can be sure she will do well in and  I am determined that at some point this dog will be in the UK in a new home.

    One of my promises to Ann on starting this year was that I would help as much as I can – and travel –  but our house would not become a refuge centre…for spiders, hens or dogs.

    Alldogsmatter in the UK will help me find a loving home over here for this dog but in the meantime…

    ..it’s over $1000 to do it wth flights.

    AhhhhhhhhhhhH!!!!

    Next blog. I’m desperately selling portraits of Mango to try and get the money to fulfil my promise. Pls help!!! Let’s get this dog some 

    Mango poses with Ros...she became SUPER affectionate in no time once she had some food.

    Mango poses with Ros…she became SUPER affectionate in no time once she had some food.

     

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  • DAY 188: AN INSPIRATIONAL WOMAN SHOWS HOW TO HELP

    Mar 31 2013
    Li-an, poorer and happier than she has ever been

    Li-an: ‘This is the poorest I have even been but also the happiest’ 

    Every now and then you meet someone that reminds you of what compassion can do.

    Today I met a woman called Li-an at a dog sanctuary in Manila who has given it all up to help just a few dogs. 

    My year long journey is, as they say in the soccer world, a game of two halves.  On the one hand I find myself, almost daily, being dumped into a world of abuse and misery. On the other hand I come across examples of human compassion that attempt to redress the balance and show some hope.  Acid and Alkaline. I’m afraid the acid is still corrosive but the more people I meet like this the more hope I have.

     

    University educated

    Li-an works as a volunteer at a dog-sanctuary in the centre of Manila. She is a university-educated, proactive individual who had a promising career in journalism but she gave it up to help animals in the search for more meaning in her life. She even cut her hair short so that it woudn’t get in the way of washing and caring for the dogs.

    Li-an washing the dogs. Before she came they had never been washed.

    Li-an washing the dogs. Before she came they had never been washed.

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    She had always wanted to help in some way and had spent a long time working with street children but felt that ‘ultimately animals are more vulnerable. They can’t grow up and get a job can they?’

    When Li-an first encountered this place she saw how 80% of the dogs were emaciated and often went without food for days when the funding ran out.  She responded the only way she could – by asking for food remnants outside restaurants. Then in turn she encouraged more volunteers to come and help,  and those people, inspired by her acts, have been doing great work too. Now, through her efforts more funding has come in.

    Para is the mascot of this dog sanctuary. His owner tried to kill him for food to celebrate his birthday, he had no money to buy something else. Para was rescued but his brother was no so lucky

    Para is the mascot of this dog sanctuary. His owner tried to kill him for food to celebrate his birthday, he had no money to buy something else. Para was rescued but his brother was no so lucky

     

    Pregnant dogs are tied up to  the gates of the sanctuary when they are not wanted.

    Pregnant dogs are tied up to the gates of the sanctuary when they are not wanted.

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    Catholic principles.

    The sanctuary now does the best it can but it is still woefully underfunded. Many of the dogs here are rescued from the meat trade or other acts of extreme cruelty. The local Catholic mayor (our best friend as you know) has forbidden euthanasia which leads to piles and piles of sick dogs that they cannot afford to look after. In a place with high levels of cruelty and low levels of money the well-meaning Catholic principle of prolonging life is deeply problematic.

    Catholic principles are strong in the Philippines but this doesn't always work out well for dogs.

    Catholic principles are strong in the Philippines but this doesn’t always work out well for dogs.

     

    Finding happiness.

    Li-an now says she is the poorest she has ever been, ‘but also the happiest’. This is music to my often doubting ears. Whenever I meet people that help animals the question I ask- echoing the one I ask myself often – is, why do it? Why do they put themselves through the misery of seeing all that suffering?

    I gave Li-an all the cash I had on me right there and then, about $100. She didn’t want it, suggesting that she had no proof to give me that she would spend it on the right things. ‘I must buy food and then give you a formal receipt.’ Andrew helped me force the cash into her hand. Somehow I trusted her.  Somehow I knew she would spend it well.

    Andrew and Li-an with some dogs that are now much happier

    Andrew, from network for animnals (see link on right) and Li-an with some dogs that are now much happier

     

    IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE ANY MONEY TO LI-AN FOR THE SANCTUARY PLEASE CLICK HERE AND MENTION HER IN THE MESSAGE 

    Tomorrow: our final day to rescue some dogs. We still don’t have the tip-off we need from the police but we wait for a call at any minute.

     

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  • Day 185: I HAVEN’T FORGOTTEN YOU, GALGOS – some cover designs for a possible book

    Mar 28 2013
    A possible cover for a book on Galgos (and podencos)?

    A possible cover for a book on Galgos (and podencos)?

    While we continue wait to rescue the dogs bound for the restaurants I’m still thinking very hard about the photo book I want to do on the Galgos, the spanish hunting dogs, to raise awareness for their plight.

    I want the book to be big, coffee table size, and hardback. So it sits on teh table and says ‘LOOK AT ME!’

    Here are some possible covers. I’m thinking they should be embossed in DISTRESSED GOLD to get across the regal nature of these dogs. Which do you think is best?

    By the way if anyone knows anyone with lots of cash who wants to make this book happen put them in touch. It will take a few visits to spain.

    OPTION 2: Big and bold? Gold lettering across the front

    OPTION 2: Big and bold? Gold lettering across the front

     

    A more understated book - covered in fine linen with gold embossing. The colours reflect the spanish national flag (but also of course bull fighting...and blood)

    OPTION 3:  a more understated book – covered in fine linen with gold embossing. The colours reflect the spanish national flag (but also of course bull fighting…and blood). This is more in the tradtion of the fine-art photo book

     

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  • DAY 168: HOW THEY WERE RESCUED

    Mar 04 2013

    van

    A quick update as to how these two dogs were caught…amazing stuff

    I have a bit more info from an English lady out in Seville called Linda who is currently looking after the rescue dogs. She is good friends with Olga and the gang.

    “I have a very good friend and dog lover, Miguel, who is the man you call when you are desperate to catch a dog. He arrived in Arahal at a quarter to five and by seven he was calling me to tell me that he had both dogs in his van”

    Miguel after rescuing the dog

    Miguel after rescuing the dog

    Apparently, the galga was caught first and only later the podenco (called Martin!).

    When Martin the podenco, who had not seen the rescue of the galga, could no longer see his mate he started howling repeatedly for her. For over an hour he desperately searched for the galga until he fell into the trap of food and rope. Now that he is in safety he seems more concerned about being with his friend than having his wounds attended to.

    Throughout the worst of times dogs keep their bonds. We could learn a thing.

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  • DAY 165: 7 REASONS TO BE (sort of) CHEERFUL…

    Feb 27 2013
    EBRO STANDS FOR FIRST TIME!!!

    EBRO STANDS FOR FIRST TIME…gulp!

    After all this bad news a sprinkling of good news..

    OK, this doesn’t make up for the sorry situation of the lost Galgo and Podenco in the last post, but its something positive at least. Feast on it while you can.

     

    1) Ebro, the Galgo that we suspect had both his front legs deliberately broken, has stood up for the first time. He’s done so actually a little BEFORE he is meant to but you can’t keep a good dog down

    GO EBRO !

    Resting on his front legs.

    Resting on his front legs.

    If any dog’s story is symbolic of the power of recovery in the face of so much suffering then his is the story.

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  • Day 161: HUNTING A HUNTING DOG (part 1). Trying to catch an abandoned Galgo

    Feb 21 2013
    The town in which multiple abandoned Galgos had been seen

    The town in which multiple abandoned Galgos had been seen

    Could I spend a day trying to capture abandoned Galgos?

    How many abandoned Galgos are running loose throughout Spain anyway?

    How do you capture a very very fast Greyhound?

    How common is it to see tortured or dead Galgos?

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  • VALENTINES SPECIAL – GALGO PRINTS FOR SALE: Buy photography, save dogs’ lives.

    Feb 14 2013
    Give some love, buy a print, help a dog in need

    Give some love, buy a print, help a dog in need

    Love dogs, not just each other!!!

    OK, my lovers.

    The Romeo and Juliet fantasy of romantic love is not the only type that counts: after all, it ended in young death, involves prickly roses and you might just fall off a balcony.

    Instead, why not love ALL things: nature, wildlife….dogs.

    Or…love a Galgo.

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    If you want to read more about the terrible plight of these beautiful dogs please click here. They need YOUR help.

    Buy any one of the below prints and the money goes straight to saving Galgos (Spanish Greyhound hunting dogs).

    CLICK BELOW TO SEE THE PRINTS.

    Click to read more >>>>

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  • DAY 138: MY DAY OF INSANITY, MEETING THE POLICE AND FIXING MY MOUTH

    Jan 29 2013

     idiot

    ‘I’m an idiot,’ I said to the policewoman. She looked at me as if in agreement.

    This post has, I’m afraid,  little to do with wild animals but everything to do with the wildness of us humans – we are the most insane of all the animals in the jungle.

    I’m off again very soon to help more animals  – flights booked and I’ll tell you about it shortly –  but in the meantime I feel myself sinking into the morass of crazy daily life.

    PLEASE KEEP READING ONLY IF YOU WANT TO FEEL BETTER ABOUT YOUR OWN SANITY. PLEASE DO NOT READ ON IF YOU WANT TO LEARN ABOUT HELPING ANIMALS.

    I tell you this to explain why it’s so hard to be compassionate….we are too busy being bonkers.

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  • Day 81: What goes around comes around – I am genuinely touched

    Dec 02 2012

     

    Rachel and her foster dog, Eli, whose portrait I took to help her find a new home.

    Woman whose dog I helped crawls through mud for me….

    I sighed when I saw a particular message on my blog a while ago.

    ‘Oh God,’ I said to Ann, ‘do I have to do this?’

    The message asked if I could take a photo of a staffie that was being fostered but that could not find a new home. The problem was that the woman was in Seahaven – deepest East Sussex – about 2 hours away

    ‘You have a manifesto, you have to help’ said Ann whilst making a large cappucino with extra froth.

    ‘Yeh, but this is where my manifesto gets silly. A two hour drive to take a portrait of a dog?’

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