Friday, June 8, 2012

All Because One Person Cared... and Another... and Another...

Bless at Scooby, May 2011
I was thinking about it a couple of nights ago, and it occured to me that having our Scooby galga, Bless, is truly a miracle which would not have happened without the help of so many people who cared.  I don't know Bless' history, but I imagine that it's something like this...
Six years ago a beautiful brindle galga and a handsome strong galgo found each other in their paddocks, and decided to mate. Momma had a litter of very special galgos and galgas which she proudly presented to her galguero to champion in the hunting season.  Sadly, her puppies were lost in the perpetual breeding sea of galgos, bred to be "the best" hunter of the season.  
Sweet, Sleepy Galgo Puppy
Some faltered and faced the sad ending that we don't like to think about, but there was one beautiful galga who made it through four hunting seasons.  Not really sure why... Maybe it was her beautiful Spanish eyes, her gorgeous brindle markings, or sweet disposition.  Whatever it was, whether that galguero gave up the galga or someone cared enough about her to rescue her, thankfully, she ended up at Scooby in Medina del Campo, Spain.
Once she arrived at Scooby, in December of 2010, someone admitted her. They cared about her well being and treated her with love. Even though she had been neglected, she knew that this was how it should be, and responded with affection. The sweet galga was examined by the Vet, had her shots, was spayed and microchipped, and was given her name, "Bless" which was one of many names generated out of a database but none-the-less suited her perfectly.  Her photos, name and profile were entered into the Scooby adoption database by another person who cared, and Bless just took a giant step into the hearts of people worldwide who care about and love galgos. 

Bless' Scooby Adoption Photos - How We Selected Her
She was then moved to a paddock.  It was so nice to be in a place with shelter, an open field to run free, regular meals and visits and attention from even more people who cared, the Scooby staff and volunteers. So many kind people visited her paddock, giving her love and attention. She yearned to go with each and every one of them, but she had to wait for something wonderful to happen... so she was very patient.

Meanwhile, in the USA, in August 2010, the Easter family lost their dearest greyhound, Daisy, to Osteosarcoma. It broke their hearts... :-( 
Daisy, Our Beloved First Greyhound
They had adopted another greyhound rescue, Wilma, who was a delight, and also had another dog, a rescued American Eskimo, Jake. Even with these two lovelies and a sweet cat, named Frank, they still had room in their hearts and home for another pet.
Wilma, Our Second Greyhound - Silly Girl
Jake, Our American Eskimo - Angel
Margie had read an article about Spanish galgos in, "Celebrating Greyhounds" a few years prior -- about how difficult their lives are and how they are not respected or treated well. It saddened her. She decided that one day, she'd like to adopt a beautiful galgo.  She researched on the Internet for months and contacted people until she found Eva and Diane, who represented the Scooby Medina del Campo galgo rescue group. She contacted them by email first, and then by phone. She looked through the photos and found that very special, beautiful galga who was waiting for her... "Bless". But she was sad to learn that Bless was going to France. :-(  Her heart was set on that galga.  Okay, so she selected another, "Dorothy", who eventually ended up in Italy. Margie inquired again and learned that Bless was still at Scooby, so Eva held her for the Easters to adopt. A few days later, when she spoke with Eva, she suggested that Margie might want to travel to Scooby Medina to volunteer and to pick up her galga. At first, it seemed outrageous, and then it occurred to her that it would be a wonderful adventure. (She had no idea how great it would be!)  

Margie traveled to Spain in April 2011 to volunteer at Scooby with Diane and Lydia, Scooby USA board members, met many wonderful people from the UK and Netherlands, who are mentioned throughout this blog and mainly, to bring back the most beautiful and special galga with the gorgeous Spanish eyes and beautiful brindle markings -- our Bless.

One person cared, and then another, and another, and it continues on and on... As a result, Bless has the wonderful life she deserves as a pampered pet in the Easter home. 

It's been over a year now since we brought back our Bless, and I cannot tell you how much joy that she brings to our lives.  She is a wonderful, loving, sweet, affectionate pet, and we love her SO much!

Bless and the Easters truly have a Happily Ever After! :-)

Hasta Luego! Thank you for reading my blog! More to follow. Bless sends her blessings.
Our gorgeous Galga, Bless!
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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing your beautiful experiences with adopting a Galgo. These dogs are so deserving of a happy life---it is so tragic that most of them will never know what it is like to be loved. But thanks to people like you, you are making a difference.