Guest Blog: Podencos in America, Rescued by Hound Sanctuary
|Meet Dahlia. This is how sad she was before she was rescued from Spain.|
Now she's living the big life that she deserves in California, thanks to Hound Sanctuary.
Thank you to Rain Jordan, President of Hound Sanctuary in California for contributing this blog entry. I met Rain through my galgo rescue work. She has a passion for Spanish podencos, and recently started a non-profit organization to rescue and re-home these beautiful dogs. On my last trip to Scooby, I had the opportunity to spend quality time with a paddock of podencos and fell in love. To know them is love them!
Read on for more information from Rain about this lovely breed and how you can help.
Read on for more information from Rain about this lovely breed and how you can help.
|The lovely Dahlia. As beautiful as her name.|
As it turns out, Dahlia is less than 2 years old, and the sweetest podenca we could ever have hoped for. Correction, the sweetest dog we could have hoped for. Good with cats, other dogs, and people. Calm, quiet, affectionate, cuddly, smart—not at all what you might expect if you believe what is often heard about podencos. Let me preface this by saying that the description I am about to give is the STEREOTYPED description of negative traits of the podenco, not necessarily the whole truth: hyperactive or high energy, high prey drive, stubborn, escape artist. The truth about the podenco, however, is much more variable and nuanced.
|Dahlia looks so happy in her safe and comfortable new home.|
The decent-sized minority who do not seem to demand as much exercise nevertheless should get exercise, since you should not allow your podenco to live a sedentary or bored life, neither of which is healthy.
|Podencos can jump a 5 foot fence from a standstill. Wow!|
iffy, and many that have been okay with them. That being said, we recommend never leaving small animals unsupervised with a large dog of ANY breed; this seems like basic common sense. At the very least, ensure that there are escape routes for your smaller animals, just in case. I absolutely believe in "Better Safe than Sorry". I also have cats and podencos. Draw your own conclusions.
Podencos may be high-strung or calm in personality, playful or mellow in behavior, ready to cuddle with your cat or conquer it, quick to learn a ‘down-wait’ or to go get some ice for his water bowl, on the hunt for every possible way out of the yard or every possible way to steal your cuddle partner’s spot on the sofa. Dahlia enjoys a morning bounce around the house and yard and some stuffy time. Then, until the Hour of the Walk, she likes to take over a large open crate that we keep in the living room with a memory foam mattress in it. She’ll go in and out of it throughout the day and evening, exiting for cuddles, pets, cookies, to catch some rays, or just to say hi. (Sometimes the other podenco steals it from her, in which case she settles for sitting on the couch with her humans or in one of the other memory foam beds.) She’s gentle with everyone, loving, polite, and simply posh. Podencos in America are wonderful creatures full of light, love, joy, and most importantly, hope.
|Dahlia chillin' in her plush California digs.|
|Dahlia now has the great life that she deserves. Isn't she gorgeous?|
I realize it’s a huge ask, but I am asking for the podencos: Please, anyone out there who knows anyone who cares about and can afford to help underserved, desperately needy animals to start anew, please ask them to donate to this project. We have identified two potential properties so far and we need funding.
To arrange large donations, please contact me directly at 831 661 5626 (office), by email at WelcomeToTheSea@comcast.net, or via the website http://www.houndsanctuary.org.
Thank you for helping us help the hounds.
Rain Jordan, President
How You Can Help
- Become a subscribed monthly “Pawholder” or a one time donor here: http://www.houndsanctuary.org
- Monthly fundraising auctions happen here, as well as general updates, animal welfare news, care and training insights, photos of available dogs, etc: http://facebook.com/houndsanctuary
- Our Amazon wish list is here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/giftlist/YCSX9RE6Y1DC/ref=topnav_lists_2
- (Please also use smile.amazon.com and choose Hound Sanctuary as your Amazon Smile beneficiary)
- You may designate Hound Sanctuary as your eBay/PayPal Giving beneficiary here:
- Please also consider remembering Hound Sanctuary in your will.
Why bring dogs here from another country when we already have so many in need of adoptive homes here?
The fact that people continue to buy dogs from breeders shows us that some people will always elect not to adopt if they cannot adopt the breed they want. Ibizan hounds are one such breed that people want. Hound Sanctuary makes it possible for those people who ONLY want a specific breed to ADOPT a needy dog rather than buy a potentially puppy-milled dog (Caveat: Not all breeders are irresponsible/"puppy mills"), and we make it possible for people who would love to have this breed, but who only want a rescue dog, to have a dog of the breed type while still helping animals by rescuing. Thus, we are actually helping the situation in the US by decreasing the demand for breeding as well as the risk of more dogs ending up in shelters (such as what sometimes happens when a purebred dog is purchased impulsively or without enough precautions taken).
Isn’t this exceedingly expensive and therefore not viable long-term?
It is expensive, but that is no reason not to do it. We don’t stop looking for cures for other problems just because they are expensive. At least by adopting from a rescue like Hound Sanctuary, you can do and encourage good rather than possible harm. Also important to consider is this: Our adopters pay for at least some of the expense to adopt one of our dogs, and this is a good thing because people who are willing to spend $500 or more to adopt a needy, adult dog are much less likely to consider that dog disposable. Through our adoptions fees and rigorous vetting process, we find good adopters who 1) can afford to care for the dog, whatever his needs may be, 2) are willing to go through an ultra-vigorous application process because they truly understand and believe that this is for the dog’s safety and happiness, not just their own, and 3) are less interested in getting a dog for its cuteness alone and more interested in SAVING a dog in need, which means that our adopters are highly unlikely to fail the dog. We believe this approach is extremely viable for the long term—much more so than the ‘easy come, easy go’ approach that sometimes results in dogs being passed from place to place, ad to ad, to who knows where and who knows what.
What about the carbon footprint involved in flying dogs here?
We do our very best to fly dogs with people who are already traveling anyway, so that our dogs may ‘hitch a ride’ with them. For those who would argue that there is still an extra carbon footprint due to the weight of the dog alone, please remember that everything we do leaves a footprint, and many things we do a lot of leave a huge footprint. Driving a car, eating meat or dairy, or living in a house, for example, creates a much larger carbon footprint than that of a 40 to 50 pound dog hitching a ride. There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint and at the same time save animals. Why not focus on one of the many other ways to reduce your footprint, and let these poor creatures finally know what it is like to live in a safe, loving home?
Why would I want to adopt a dog I have never met?
Sometimes we will have an available dog in foster, so it is possible that you could meet your dog before deciding to adopt. (You can also apply to foster first if you are within driving distance to us.) But by finding adopters for the dogs before they arrive, we can save many more lives each year. You know how people say that we humans tend to be attracted to other people who are bad for us rather than those who would be good for us—and that we do it over and over again? That tendency to follow our ‘patterns’ often applies to choosing our pets as well, so having an objective party match-make for us can be a really great, healthy, and success-causing opportunity. We can match you up based on your personality, living situation, work, interests, activity level, and so on, as well as what traits you most hope for in your adoptive dog. We work very hard to ensure that you and your new dog are a great fit. If on the off chance it isn’t, you simply return the dog to us. If you are a person who has purchased or adopted many animals over the years, thinking each was just perfect for you, and later realizing that you still didn’t have the right one, so kept adding to your menagerie, you may be the person most likely to benefit from our program!
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Hasta Luego! Thank you for reading my blog. Bless sends her blessings! Sara sends smiles! Wilma sends kisses and hugs!