Who can believe that it’s nearly May day (but who’s complaining!!)
This Sunday is our next pointy dog walk which means that we are nearly half way through the year. This in turn means that it’s coming up to the Great Global Greyhound Walk on 19 June!!
We are always on the look out for volunteers to help us on the day and so if you fancy helping behind the scenes, please give us a shout. Otherwise please turn up on the day and help us celebrate all that’s fantastic about having a pointy dog in your life.
This year we are raising money for 112 Carlota Galgos, a rescue based in Spain.
One of our walking friends, Helen and her family, recently went to visit the rescue while on a family holiday and this is what she had to say:
‘Having been following 112 Carlota Galgos on Facebook for some time, I just happened to wonder if we were anywhere near them on a recent holiday to Spain. To my amazement we were only half an hour’s drive away, so I contacted them to ask if it would be possible to visit. We (myself, my husband, and 3 children) visited the next afternoon – unsure of what to expect, apart from lots of wonderful galgos!
Initially we met the ‘house dogs’, namely Ambo the ‘Ambassadog’, and Beethoven, as well as a couple of others, some horses and some chickens!
Charlotte was so welcoming and unassuming, happily taking us on a tour of the ‘finca’. We met the wonderful Miracle and Cheyenne, then we moved round to The Orchard.
I was completely stunned by The Orchard. It’s a large, enclosed area with about 6 large wooden summer house type structures. Each ‘house’ has a tiled floor with a drain and around the three internal walls there is a raised platform where each dog has its own soft bed. Each house sleeps around 6 dogs and there is a fenced off gravelled area outside of each of the houses. Generally however, the dogs have free access to The Orchard and are only shut in their houses at night.
There is also a large paddock that the dogs have access to and they are walked regularly along the country lanes.
To see all the galgos (around 30 of them) so happily playing together was a wonderful sight. We spent at least an hour helping out and making friends with all of the beautiful dogs and we could easily have stayed much longer.
I was completely in awe of the amazing set up for the gentle souls – it genuinely brought tears to my eyes.
Charlotte and her band of volunteers give the galgos their total, unconditional love, showing them safety and comfort, and allowing them to begin to trust humans after their often horrendous start in life.
No dog is allowed to go to their forever home until they are completely ready, and needless to say, we wanted to bring them all home.
Meeting Charlotte, experiencing her tireless dedication, and seeing the amazing and wonderful work she does has left a lasting and deep impression on us all. We left a donation, but we all came away feeling that we want to do more. When I found out that this year’s Great Global Greyhound Walk in York was going to support Charlotte and her galgos I was so happy.
It is incredibly difficult to describe the beauty of the Finca and how it feels to be there, but it truly was an inspiring and humbling place to be. It’s definitely somewhere we want to go back to and help in any way we can. What an amazing place! Please come along to the walk on June 19th and help support a truly worthwhile cause.