|Margie with Liam & Tinga - Ready to Come to the USA|
|Spring Skies in Spain|
|New Additions to the Clinic for Dogs and Cats|
A Full House at Scooby - Animals and Volunteers
|Gluck, My Favorite Podenco|
|Margie - My Namesake - Mixed Breed|
|My Caravan - Waking Up with the Roosters|
|Debbie Grooms One of the Biggest Teddy Bear Dogs at Scooby and He Loves It!|
|Just Look How Happy He is with Debbie's Grooming|
A Walk in the Spanish Forest
One evening, after we finished our chores, I had the pleasure of going for a walk in a local Medina forest with Sabine and her three dogs. She's able to let two of them off leash. They are in heaven as they run, sniff, and frolic. No matter how far they explore, they always return to check in and know when it is time to go. It was a wonderful way to end the day.
|Sabine and I Walk in the Spanish Forest with Her Dogs|
|Sabine's Dogs Love Frolicking in the Forest|
On my last night at Scooby, we all went with Fermin Perez, Scooby Founder, to have dinner at a new pizza parlor in town. The food and company were delightful. Fermin gave us a short tour around the town, and we stopped at the galgo statue, which I had never seen. It was a very nice way to end my visit.
|Fermin Perez, Scooby Founder|
|Debbie and Sabine at Our Pizza Dinner|
|Jacqui and Jackie from the UK|
|Lucinda and far right, Paula, UK|
|Galguero and Galgos Statue in Downtown Medina del Campo|
One day while cleaning paddock 3, we noticed that one beautiful brindle boy was being picked on by his paddock mates, so we brought him into the kennel area to be alone with us while we cleaned. I fell in love with him. I brought him sausages and treats, took him for walks every day. After that first day, whenever we peeked through the door of his kennel, he would be there waiting for us. Coincidentally, Sabine, my friend and volunteer who lives at Scooby, had selected this very dog, named Cuco for me for adoption in the USA.
|Me and Cuco|
|Cuco Helps Me Shop at the Scooby Store|
I spent three nights in Madrid at a great hotel, Catalonia Las Cortez Hotel, in the hub of the City. Did lots of walking around, shopping, and met up with my friend Alejandro (fostered our galga Sara) for dinner and touring the area. We had a wonderful traditional Spanish dinner at a lovely restaurant, and he took me to parts of Madrid that I had not seen, including the bull fighting arena. I am not a fan of bull fighting (nor is my friend) or animal cruelty of any kind, but it was interesting to see the arena, the statues and to see what a part of Spanish culture this is for some. For those in the USA, it felt like being outside of a baseball stadium before the start of a game.
During my time there, did some fun shopping for myself and bought a very nice soccer shirt for my husband, Darrell, had Spanish cuisine at outdoor cafes and attended a Spanish Catholic Mass on Sunday. I think Madrid is one of the coolest cities to spend time, and am looking forward to my next visit in November.
|Beautiful Madrid Architecture|
|Lunch on the Square|
|Cocido - Yum!|
|Cool Madrid Landscape|
|Bull Fighting Arena - I do NOT agree with or endorse bull fighting/slaughter.|
|Cool Statue and Bull Fighting Arena - However, I do not endorse this awful tradition|
Bringing Liam and Tinga to the USA for Adoption
Originally, I had planned to bring back two galgos for adoption in California. But knowing that Tinga and Liam, two mixed breed Scooby dogs, were waiting for transport to New York, I volunteered to bring them instead. Tinga had been at Scooby for over 3 years, one of the longest, and Liam was her partner. They both were in the perimeter, in their own paddock, with lots of room to romp and play together. Making the move to a kennel, and then being packed up into kennels for transport to the USA and flying for 7+ hours would be a massively disruptive experience for these two, but the pay-off of being in the USA for adoption would be well worth it.
|Ana with Tinga (right) and Liam (left)|
|Anna Gets Tinga and Liam Ready to Leave the Perimeter|
|Debbie in the Pasture with the Goats, Just Before Fetching Liam and Tinga|
On the day we departed for the USA, I arrived at the airport 5 hours early to meet up with Simonetta from Scooby, who brought Liam and Tinga to the Madrid airport. She drove up, we unloaded the dogs in the kennels, wheeled them to the ticket desk to check them and me in, and then she moved the van and came back to help get them through the security check point. It was a last minute thing. They sent someone to take us to the security station downstairs. We had to take the dogs out and put their kennels through a scan and walk them through the scanner, a moment I had feared. Simonetta brought sausages with her to smooth things out and it all went perfectly. We put them in their kennels, locked them down with plastic ties, and sent them on their way.
|Tinga is in the Kennel and On the Way to the USA|
|Liam and Tinga Arrive Safely in New York - Barbara (right) has Adopted Tinga!|
Liam and Tinga Are Already Adopted!
Amazingly, Liam went out on trial adoption within seven days of arriving in the USA, and he is now in his forever home. And Tinga, our longest Scooby resident, was adopted by none other than Barbara, the head of 11th Hour Rescue, who fell in love with this lovely girl.
Sometimes, fairy tales do come true. Scooby has so many of these happily ever after stories. It makes my heart soar!
Next blog entries will be about my upcoming trip to Scooby in late November, when I will bring back Cuco and another galgo for adoption. Please stay tuned for the next edition.
Hasta Luego! Thank you for reading my blog. More to follow. Bless sends her blessings. Sara sends smiles!