|Margie Hugs & Brushes a Very Silly & Happy Scooby Galgo|
Back to One of My Favorite Places at My Favorite Time of Year
It's way past time to finish my story about the Spring 2015 trip to Scooby Medina del Campo and 112 Carlota Galgos; especially since I am leaving in just about 48 hours to travel back to Scooby again to do my regular Fall/Winter volunteer work.
Once I arrived in Madrid, after visiting Marie in Germany, I met Mora at the airport. Her flight had arrived just before mine.
We secured our rental car and headed out for Medina del Campo, just over an hour Northwest of Madrid. It was an easy drive, and the trip seemed so short this time. Weather was perfect, in the high 70's F. We first stopped at our favorite Medina Hotel Reina Isabel to check in and leave our bags. Everyone is always so kind to us there and the rooms are clean and comfortable. I highly recommend it.
We made our first stop at Aldi's (grocery store), which is very near the hotel and close to Scooby. Picked up our supplies for the week and lots of sausages and treats for the dogs --then on to Scooby! (Side shopping note: Later in the week, Mora and I hit the jackpot at the Chinese store in town, where we were able to find many other needed supplies, such as pooper scoopers, poop buckets and water bowls. Such kind people running the store and great prices, should you need supplies.)
|Stayed at the Hotel Reina Isabel in Medina del Campo - Here's the Son of the Proprietor and His Adopted Scooby Dog - Great Hotel and Very Nice People - Perfect Location, Clean and Comfortable|
When we pulled up in the driveway, the first person that we saw taking care of the dogs and cats in front, was dear friend, Melissa Beamish. I hadn't seen Melissa in two years, so it was a special reunion.
|Dear Friend and Super Volunteer Melissa Beamish (UK) Pets Harry Mary,|
Who Now Lives in a Home in France
Not only that, but my other Scoobettes were there from the UK and Holland. We had lunches and dinners together and caught up on many things. We even had a chance to meet with Fermin Perez, Scooby founder, to discuss how best to help the shelter.
|Lunch with My Scooby Peeps - Mora (USA), Scoobettes (UK) and Debbie (Holland) - Love them all :-)|
|This is One of the Goofiest Galgos I've Ever Met - He Loves to Smile and Bites Your Bum if You Don't Pay Attention to him - |
He is Already in a Loving Home in Europe :-)
|Austin (above) and Gabriela (below) - We Lost Both of these Scooby Icons, This Past Year :-(|
Bringing Five Galgos Back to the USA
Many thanks to Pablo, Scooby staff, for bringing the five Galgos to us at the airport for transport to the USA. Once again, we experienced drama. American Airlines tried to reroute our flight through London, which does not allow dogs to travel in and out due to quarantine. We had to renegotiate our tickets to travel to JFK, since three of the dogs were to be left there, and then on to San Francisco for the other two. Mora worked with the staff to get everything re-arranged, and it worked out fine. Very long and stressful morning trying to get everything worked out!
The good news is that all five Galgos made the trip well and are in their forever homes in the USA and Canada: Evangelina, Morena, Pepe, Damian and Zamarona. Truly rewarding experience! (Note: Morena and Pepe were fostered and adopted through the partnership between Scooby and Greyhound Friends for Life, San Francisco Bay Area, CA.)
Evangelina, Sweet and Petite - Now in a Loving Home in Pennsylvania