Since moving to Chella I have met Brenda and Colin of El Eden Kennels. They are such wonderful people who help with PEPA Animal Charity (Asociación Protección y Educación Para los Animales) an organisation that rescues dogs and finds new homes for them, puts them into temporary foster homes and raises funds through donations and their shop. They also run the most wonderful boarding kennel - luxury accommodation for dogs while their owners are away. They are not huge and overwhelming so the dogs get individual care and attention and they have great facilities and a fabulous exercise area. Brenda and I are talking about running some Leadchanges workshops here and working together on this - so that's something to look out for in the future - watch this space! Brenda have years of experience with dogs - training, showing and so on and they have such a passion and compassion for all the animals with them - which doesn't stop at dogs, but includes cats and horses as well.
As with all these things, there are never enough hours in the day or enough hands to get everything done so PEPA welcome volunteers and foster carers. Do have a look at their website on www.pepaspain.com. If you would like to become a member or if you think you can help out - do contact them through the website.
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plan is that we will foster her, but
I am tempted to adopt!
Sasha is part Podenco and such a bright intelligent dog. What a darling and so friendly, loving and wanting to be with humans. She too is still young - just under a year. From Wikipedia: Podenco Canario (In English: Canary Islands Hound, Canarian Warren Hound, Canarian Pharaoh Hound) is a breed ofdog originally from the Canary Islands. The Podenco Canario is still used in the Canary Islands today in packs as ahunting dog, primarily used for rabbit hunting. The word "podenco" is Spanish for "hound". "Canario" means "Canarian" or "of the Canaries".
From the Galgo & Podenco Rescue site (http://galgorescue.org/podencos/): The breed is believed to be a variation on the original Ibizan Hound, otherwise know in Spanish as the Podenco Ibicenco. There are several types of Podencos, distinguished mainly by size and/or region where located. Examples are the Podenco Andaluz, Podenco Manchengo, Podenco Canario and the miniature Podenco Enano. The Podenco was originally bred to be used for hunting small game such as rabbits, but have been known to be used to hunt game as large as a wild boar. The general temperament of the Podenco is similar to the galgo and greyhounds. They are very smart, eager to please, but sometimes stubborn. They are gentle, loyal, love to relax, but love exercise and interactive playtime too. Most have an amazing ability to jump, so a secure fence is a plus!
The Faithful Dog - can you offer one a good home?The following is taken from James Serpell's Book "The Domestic Dog" quoting the Hindu legend of Yudhishthira (quoted from Nivedita & Coomaraswamy, 1913) and Indaus.blogspot.com.
"In the final scene of the Mahabharata epic, the hero Yudhishthira approaches Heaven after a lengthy mountain pilgrimage during which his queen and his four brothers have all perished. His only surviving companion at this stage is a dog that has followed him faithfully since he set out on his journey. Suddenly, Indra, the King of Heaven, appears in a blaze of light and invites Yudhishthira to complete his journey in his heavenly chariot. Yudhishthira happily accepts and stands aside to allow the dog to enter first, whereupon Indira objects strenuously on the grounds that dogs are unclean and that the animal's presence would defile Heaven itself. Yudhishthira asks:
"But where would he go? He has given up the pleasures of the earth to be my companion. I cannot desert him now." Yudhisthira turned to leave.
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Yudhisthira declared that long ago he had vowed never to turn his back on anyone needing his protection and help. "And so," he concluded, "I will not abandon my loyal friend."
Yudisthira turned from heaven's gate and began to walk away.
At that moment a remarkable thing happened. The faithful dog was transformed into the god Dharma, the god of righteousness and justice.
And Indra declared, "You are a good man, Yudhisthira. You have shown loyalty and love to a small, faithful dog and compassion for all creatures, ready to renounce for yourself all the rewards of heaven for this humble dog's sake. You shall be honored in heaven!"