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Cries and Yips for Help!

Many of you may not know that we are a small rescue and don’t actually have kennels of our own. We have always preferred to foster rescues in our own home and have attempted to keep our numbers within reason.

Well, our attempts are now futile as the need to help abandoned podencos is simply at critical mass. Currently, in addition to the dogs we care for at home, are four puppies in a foster home, three more puppies and three dogs in another foster home as well as a mother with six puppies and two more dogs in kennels. We must pay for foster homing and kenneling.

All the dogs require neutering, vaccinations, and passports. A few of our dogs are long-term residents as they may never overcome their fears enough to be able to live anywhere but with us. Rescuing and caring for abandoned dogs is an ongoing expense that we wish we could manage on our own, but we simply can’t without your help.

We are not comfortable asking for help, but we are desperate for financial support to continue our work saving podencos. We are looking for sponsors to help us care for our poor puppies and dogs through our recurring payment sponsorship program or through donations towards veterinary costs and the work that goes into readying the dogs for re-homing.


Charity/Holly is in the UK and she needs her forever home.
Holly needs her foreverhome
This is what her foster mum has to say about her. She is about 15 months old, 22" to the shoulder and weighs just under 20kg. She is a lovely, friendly dog and is always trying to snuggle up for a cuddle on the sofa! She is quite lively and loves a good game with our other dog, she has a lot of character and can be quite comical! She loves food and this has helped with training, but she will also steal food given half the chance!







Unfamiliar situations
Holly looking for her forever home
In unfamiliar situations (ie out of the house) and with people she doesn't know she is nervous, if someone she doesn't know comes to the door she will bark quite a lot and then hide under the table. Outside on lead walks she barks at other dogs and sometimes people, it sounds quite aggressive but she's not, it is just fear. Holly is a good house dog and will let you know if anyone is around. She has an active mind and needs guidance to ensure that her curiosity doesn't turn to shoes or other stuff.






She is a great dog
Holly looking for her forever homep
She lives with two young children and 2 cats and she is very good with them but she will chase cats outside of the house. We have let her off lead in safe areas and if we're not in a rush as she does know what she's meant to do if we call her but doesn't always do it. She is clean in the house and hasn't shown any signs of separation anxiety but this might be because she is with our other dog. Holly is a great dog but needs to be with someone who can dedicated time to help her overcome her fears.

Holly hasn't had a great start in life, she was a confident youngster in Spain but something happened to upset her. With the right family who can help her work through her fears she will flourish.




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  • As we are a charity who survive solely on donations (we receive no financial grants) we ask for a minimum donation of 250 Euros to adopt one of our dogs (larger amounts gratefully accepted but that would be at the adopter's discretion!!). This donation helps to go towards covering the cost of the preparation of the dog and transportation of the dog from Spain to the UK.


    We now have a Sponsor a Dog page. If you would like to help us please go to the Sponsor a Pod page.

  • Podenco Jimmy has a homeGreat news Jimmy has found his forever home. Many thanks to everyone for their help and wishes.

    If you wish to help us by supporting our special needs podencos, then please go to our Sponsor a Pod page.



Life in rural Spain can be very hard for these dogs. They are primarily used for hunting and are usually starved for 5 days prior to a hunt to keep them “keen”. Very often they live in hovels with little shelter and spend 90% of their lives on a short chain. It is not uncommon for hunting dogs in Spain to be kept in a “vallado” (fenced holding pen) in the middle of nowhere being visited only two or three times a week to be fed left overs and given water. Many of them are literally just about fed enough to keep them alive.

  • Ibizan hound Alice playing
    Character

    By nature these dogs tend to be watchful of strangers but are very loyal to their owners and other family dogs. They are generally quiet but do “alarm” bark making them good watchdogs. They are intelligent dogs but tend to be rather independent and can be stubborn. They are a very clean dog and, on the whole, make very good house dogs. The breed is renowned for having a good affinity with children and other dogs.

    These dogs are bred to hunt and retain a great hunting instinct. They have very acute senses and will hunt most small animals but particularly rabbits and hares. To watch one of these dogs “on a chase” is breathtaking. They are extremely athletic and agile and leap in gazelle-like fashion to maintain a good view of their prey. The pursuit is nearly always accompanied by a gleeful yapping noise resulting from sheer excitement.

    Due to their strong hunting instinct and great agility Ibizan Hounds and Podencos are not the easiest dogs to own. They are best suited to families who have the ability to give them plenty of daily exercise and homes with securely fenced gardens. Fences need to be high as these dogs are able to jump great heights from a standstill.

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    Temperament

    The Ibizan Hounds, sometimes called “Beezers” by their fanciers, are quiet, clean, playful and polite. Good with children, gentle, sensible and sensitive. Protective and somewhat independent. They will hold back watchfully with strangers. Once they decide the stranger means no harm, they will relax very quickly. Be careful with small pets such as rabbits, cats and rodents; the Ibizan Hound is bred to hunt these creatures. Cats that are raised with the Ibizan Hound will fit in just fine as part of the “family pack,” but it will chase and possibly kill a cat it does not know. As in all breeds, the Ibizan Hound should be well socialized with other dogs, other animals, adults, and children.

    If you have an adult Ibizan Hound and would like another dog, it is suggested that you get a puppy. Beezers are pack animals by nature, so introducing a puppy to the household is easier. An Ibizan thinks its humans are their pack, so any addition (human or baby) must be introduced slowly. Ibizans are members of the family. They cannot be kept as kennel dogs.

    They love their humans, are as clean as a cat, and respect the rules of a household. This breed blushes when they get excited, as does the Pharaoh Hound. Ibizans like to learn and do so very quickly. They are trainable, but tend to be wilful and get bored easily. Provided they have been properly trained, they can participate in many types of dog sports. These dogs are very sensitive to the voice of their handler and a friendly request will always achieve more than a gruff command. This breed tends to have large litters.

  • Podenco puppy on a bed
    Living Conditions

    The Ibizan Hound will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. The Ibizan Hound can jump very high from a complete standstill, enabling him to easily jump most fences. An incredibly fast dog, the Ibizan Hound can be extremely difficult to re-capture.

    They are sighthounds, meaning they hunt by sight rather than scent. Ibizans have selective hearing and an independent nature. They will take off running and WILL NOT come back until they feel like it. The strong chase instinct and lack of caution in traffic can lead to disaster. A large fenced area is best for regular exercise. Breed Club literature suggests at least 40X60 feet. The breed is quite sensitive to cold, as his coat is not very protective.

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