• 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

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    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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  • DAY 148: ARRIVAL IN SPAIN! I MEET MY FIRST GALGO DOGS

    Feb 08 2013
    Charlotte Del Rio and her pack of Galgos that she rescued. Without her they'd be dead.

    Charlotte Del Rio and her pack of Galgos that she rescued. Without her they’d be dead.

     

    SUFFERING VS HUMANITY ….HUMANITY WINS!

    Only a few hours after arriving here in Spain I feel inspired, touched, energised.

    I’m just outside Malaga, south of Spain, in small, rural ‘finca’  -or farm house – surrounded by rescued Galgos (Spanish Greyhound hunting dogs) and the family of Charlotte Del Rio, the woman responsible for giving these dogs a new life.

    (Ann, you are right it is a little bit sunnier here than London)

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