February 1, 2018

I am a Voice for the Galgo.











Today, February 1st , may seem like any other day for many of us, but it is a significant day for the Galgos of Spain. Galgos are hunting dogs used in Spain for a very short hunting season. They are often starved and treated cruelly while in the hands of their owners, in order to enhance their instincts to hunt hares. When gualgeros (Spanish hunters), no longer need Galgos, they are disposed of in the most sadistic manner imaginable. February 1st, marks the end of the hunting season in Spain and the beginning of the mass and horrific disposal of Galgos.   

I first came across the plight of Galgos when I was a young woman traveling the Spanish countryside. I saw countless animal skeletons strewn over an otherwise picturesque country landscape and I couldn't fathom what had caused the end of life in these animals. Had there been an epidemic or contamination in livestock? If these were deer skeletons, why would hunters leave them behind?  It took some searching before I was able to find my answers and what I learned stayed with me for years. I vowed to help when I could and this pledge is what led me to the adoption of Avalon, my little Galga ( the feminine form of Galgo). 

Sadly, animal abuse is widespread throughout the world, and yes, it also sadly continues to exist here in my own country, in Canada. There is no shortage in human depravity when it comes to the unethical and barbaric treatment of animals. I believe the reason the plight of Galgos disturbed me as profoundly as it did, is the yearly, astronomical numbers involved in the genocide of this breed. As many as 100,000 Galgos are killed every year in Spain.One hundred thousand lives, sadistically disposed of as if they were inanimate tools no longer useful for the depraved "sport" of hunting. Once the hunting season is complete, Galgos are shot en masse, buried alive, or attached to moving trains. They are strapped to bucking bulls until they expire. Their legs are broken, after which they are turned out into the streets to slowly die of starvation. Often they are hit by unsuspecting cars when they wander, disoriented, into traffic. It seems to be a bragging right amongst gualgeros to conjure up the cruelest end for the hunting dogs in their care. Which leads me to the second reason I am a Voice for the Galgo. 

Man's best friend. Woman's best friend. A child's best friend. Did we not, from the very beginning of time, enter into an unvoiced but quietly understood agreement with the dog?  A dog could help us put food on the table all those years ago, when hunting was truly the only means of survival for the human race. And we, we would in turn ensure the dog's survival. We would protect them and cherish them for their loyalty, love and ability to selflessly work with us as a valued member of our human pack. I believe there is a rule that is written in the sands of time, it echos in all of our minds if we choose to hear it. This decree stipulates, nay, insists, that we never sully the unique bond and trust between human and dog. Mindlessly killing 100,000 hunting dogs a year , shamefully dishonors that ancestral agreement. It is blood on our hands. Please join me in being the Voice of the Galgo. diadelgalgo.com












 My name is Avalon and I am living here in Canada because of the special people who are, Ibizan Hound Rescue
If you would like to read my story, please google , Vera and her pups. Vera is my mom and she was a very brave dog who saved all ten of her puppies from certain death. It is a good story! You can also learn more about the rescue of Galgos at, Galgos Del Sol .









 This is my BFF, Nymeria , a Galgo/Podenco mix, rescued by Wilhelmina's BFF, Mia's, humom from , Scooby Medina.  Scooby Medina rescues hundreds of Galgos every year.














































































My name is Avalon. I am a  little Galga living in Vancouver, Canada. I am safe, loved and free. I dream that one day all Galgos will have the life I lead.




Thank you for reading.
the critters in the cottage xo

21 comments:

  1. My human knew nothing about galgos until Avalon joined your family and she is horrified at what happens to so many of these dogs! More people need to know about this situation... and it must be halted.

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  2. We are so glad you are a voice for those who need it the most!

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  3. That is so heart breaking. I am glad you were able to rescue sweet Avalon.

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  4. This is sickening! How can people anywhere treat animals so sadistically? So sad for those dogs. :(

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  5. Avalon; we have heard some terrible stories in our cat lives but this one is just beyond .....well, frankly we are speechless. we are thankful and extremely happy you were rescued; we will check out the link mom included in this post ~~~~~ ♥♥♥

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  6. We had never heard of galgos before you and Nymeria came along, but we're utterly horrified by this story! :~~~( What a terrible thing to do!!

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  7. Like so many of our other pals, we didn't know about galgos until we met you. It is so sad and really needs to change.

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  8. It's so hard to believe that such a horror can continue till this day in a so call civilized country. I hope someday the culture can be changed so this doesn't keep happening. You are one of the lucky ones to have a loving home after such a tough beginning.

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  9. We never knew about the Galgos. It’s unbelievable that this is allowed to happen. And it must stop!

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  10. I am very upset that humans would treat these majestic dogs in such a way! It is just like treating your family like this. From birth to death these poor dogs cannot get a break. Thank you for helping. I hope you don’t mind but I wanted to pass this on to some kitty bloggers who follow my site so I posted a picture of Avalon with Nymeria from Nymeria’s post. I wanted my cat friends to know about this too as animal lovers may not be all the samre but many of us have cats and dogs and other pets. If it’s a problem I can take her picture down. I am just so upset about how cruel people can be.
    Luvz, Patzy and Miss Juliesa

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  11. The fate of the Galgos in Spain is absolutely horrendous and totally unforgivable. How can people think of themselves as human and do such things?

    Avalon, we are so happy you are safe in your lovely home in Vancouver. We just loved the photos of you and Wilhelmina!

    Woofs,
    Tommy

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  12. It is absolutely horrific the way they treat the poor Galgos when their hunting season ends. It is unbelievable that such barbaric things happen and no law appears to stop it. Heartbreaking!

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  13. There are happy endings ... we love that picture of you and Wilhelmina playing! I had no idea this was a thing ... and on such a huge scale! This is one issue that might improve with awareness and education - I just can't get my head around people doing this!

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  14. Your mom is a hero Avalon! Great job in educating and spreading the word! We are so glad you found your wonderful pack!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

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  15. Thank you for the important post, Avalon. It’s really horrible galgos are treated in such heartless manner. I’m so glad there are people helping them, including your humans and Nymeria’s.

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  16. I had no idea this cruelty occurs. How horrific. Thank you for bringing this to everyone's attention. I'm so glad Avalon is safe and sound with you, and paws up to Scooby Medina for their hard work!

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  17. Oh my gosh. This is utterly heartbreaking. Thank you for sharing about the Galgos, Avalon and LP. Our hearts are heavy after learning about this, but it is important to raise awareness. Because with awareness and knowledge, we can all effect change. Love and hugs to you, dear friends.

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  18. You and Nymeria are such great ambassadors for your breed (which I had never heard of-so thank you for educating me). Congrats on finding your wonderful fur-ever home. We pray all your old buddies find theirs soon.

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  19. Avalon eu fico contente e aliviada por você ter escapado de tamanha crueldade, e me sinto muito triste por saber que tantos cães são vítimas de pessoas cruéis todos os anos.
    Eu acredito nos pequenos começos, essas pessoas que estão trabalhando duro para salvar o maior número possível de galgos vão conseguir vencer essa batalha pela vida.
    Cafunés para você, menina bonita!

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  20. Such a Heartbreaking story, but so glad that you stand up for the doggies, they deserve a better life...the best! Avalon is beautiful and we are so happy that she found a furrever home with you <3 Looks like she feels very much at home with all of you, Critters :D Extra Pawkisses for a lovely day :) <3

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  21. Thank you for writing this important post and letting us know about it. I am glad I didn't miss it. This is the first year I have heard of the Galgos. It's unbelievable and heartbreaking that this is happening and really doesn't (until this year) attract much attention. I also saw some posts on Instagram about the plight of the Galgos - again, this is the first year I have heard about this horror. I'm just sickened and will definitely join you in the fight to end this brutality.

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