Tuesday, August 13, 2013

July 2013 Visit to Scooby - Another Wonderful Volunteer Experience

Margie Falls in Love Again with this Galga and a Spaniel Puppy
The galga is a gorgeous tiger brindle sweetheart and the puppy is a survivor from his litter

In July, I had the pleasure of returning to Scooby for seven days to volunteer with my super-hero volunteer  and dear friend, Melissa Beamish. My husband, Darrell, and I had a two-week Viking River Cruise vacation, prior to this, and had spent time in France, Luxembourg, Germany, and the Czech Republic.  When Darrell returned to California, I traveled to Madrid, and then Medina del Campo on the train. (Blessings to the families and friends who lost their loved ones in the recent train crash. It's the same route that we take for Scooby. Very sad...)
Melissa picked me up from the train station, and then we did the grand tour of Scooby. She introduced me to all of the animals, and we had a chance to give many pets and love. I have never seen so many gorgeous galgos in all of my life, and even puppies!

Such Gorgeous Galgos! I have never seen so many beauties at Scooby.

The Puppies are a Blast!
They won the award for the messiest kennel every day while I was there. ;-)
During the rest of the week, we did our usual routine after we woke up: cleaned the puppy, kitten, rabbit, raccoon pens, and then had lunch. From there, we helped make the food for the dogs, and then cleaned paddocks, socialized with the dogs, and did whatever else needed to be done.  Melissa often gave out the medications, so she would go non-stop until late evening. I had caught a horrible virus/cold during the vacation, and stayed in the Scooby dorm.  I coughed all night and the dogs sang all night, so we kept each other entertained. ;-)  I find it so comforting to be in the dorm. After the first night getting used to the howling and barking, it becomes part of your soul.

Melissa Loving the Scooby Galgos

A highlight on this visit is that Sabine, Scooby Germany, and her two dogs moved to Scooby for good.  She has been an active supporter for years, and she made a very daring move to be a permanent part of the passion of her life.  Congratulations, Sabine! I loved meeting you and look forward to working with you in November.

Sabine is One of Two Who Make Scooby Germany Look Big -
She is a Lovely Lady Inside and Out, but very Shy about having herself in photos

Joyce, from Holland, Sabine, from Germany & Melissa, from England, All Super Volunteers with BIG Hearts - Loved working with them!
And yet another highlight is that I met Joyce, from Holland, who is a volunteer that found Scooby via her heart and has been there a few times now doing animal behavior research for her education. She's also lovely and has that great big heart for the animals. It was such a pleasure working with Joyce, Melissa and Sabine. We all spent our lunches and dinners together, did our chores together, and even spent our Sunday visiting and socializing the animals and walking the entire Scooby ranch to visit everyone we could.
Every one of us who love Scooby should be delighted about how well things are going there.  There are new paddocks and kennels, the newly rescued horses and donkeys have much more room to graze in the pastures adjacent to the Scooby grounds, and the Scooby sanctuary overall is looking and doing so very well. In addition, the local outreach that Fermin and Dani have done is making a difference. While I was there, three young ladies from Medina del Campo signed up and began coming Monday through Friday to volunteer for four hours each day. This is a major breakthrough, and I believe will help to change the culture. Thanks to everyone for your support. We are making a difference. You can truly see it when you visit! :-)
I have more to report about this trip, but was way overdue in catching up on my blog postings to let you know what's going on.  I shall have some follow-up postings soon..
Hooray! I'm planning to meet up with Melissa again at Scooby in late November, so stay tuned for that.
Hasta Luego! Thank you for reading my blog. More to follow. Bless sends her blessings. Sara sends smiles!

Our gorgeous Galga, Bless!

Our gorgeous Galga, Sara!

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Know an organization that will donate dog food? Please let me know.


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