Her name is Breeze and by her peculiar looks, her massive oversized pointy ears, long and sharp nose and her expressive excited eyes you know she is a podenco, one of the world´s most ancient dog breeds, closely related to the ancient Egyptian dogs.
In Spain they are used as mere tools, most people don´t even recognise them as dogs, to them they are things, and despite their nobility and the fact that they have accompanied the human race for thousands of years they are still largely ignored… and abused.
I received an urgent call. Someone had dumped a beautiful podenco girl with a broken leg in front of a veterinary clinic. Whomever the person was just stopped the car, dumped the dog and ran away leaving her laying on the floor unable to move.
It is very difficult for me to describe the dignity of these animals. In my experience they are the kindest of all breeds, and maybe because of this kindness, constant target of abuse. When hit and mistreated a podenco will never bare teeth or fight back, he´ll either run away or stay still and bear the brunt of the abuse. At most they’ll shed some tears and whimper but nothing that will make their owners, mostly hunters, stop.
But once you treat a podenco with kindness he experiences a transformation. His eyes lit up, the expression of his face changes, and the most beautiful smile in the whole canine kingdom appears.
Please watch Breeze´s video… pay attention to her face during the rescue. Make the connection. Here is a dog that has been struggling with a badly broken leg for days, suddenly feeling overwhelmed and rejoiced when being treated with respect and kindness for the first time in her life.
I want this blog to serve a double purpose. One one side I need to ask your help so that we can operate her leg as soon as possible to get rid of the pain and make her run again. Because Breeze loves to run. They day she will, you will understand why I chose her name. Breeze. On the other side I want to introduce Breeze to the world. I would like her story to travel far and wide, because I know, somewhere out there there is a perfect family for Breeze. A family of wonderful people with wonderful souls, a family that is able to give her all the love that those people denied her.
But before Breeze finds a home she needs to be operated. Surgery won´t be easy, it´s a very nasty fracture, but we work with the most extraordinary vets. If anyone can fix Breeze, it´s us.
UPDATE 11 July…
MY OPERATION WENT WELL… SMILE WITH ME!!!!
I KNOW MANY OF YOU WERE VERY WORRIED TODAY BUT EVERYTHING WENT OK… IT WAS LONG BUT I´M AWAKE NOW!!!
UPDATE 20 July…
Sometimes no words are necessary…
P.S. After her surgery Breeze is going to need an extraordinary family OF NON HUNTERS that loves her forever. She is loving a super social.. We are looking for a family with at least one other animal so that she never again feels alone. Please write to me on firstname.lastname@example.org if you believe you are that family.
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