APRIL 2-3, 2012 It Takes a Village Transport!
The journey for these four lucky dogs, Nando, Yuri, Manolo and Rochi, began back in September 2011 when volunteer Marylou Hecht and her son Noah offered to bring back dogs for G.R.I.N.
I say it takes a village because it truly does to pull off any transport as many associations will tell you. I want to thank the "Village" that helped make this one happen. On the U.S. side, all our adopters Marylou Hecht, MaryAnn Moore, Nancy Marble and Teri Ruhl as well as U.S. flight patron volunteer transporter Fabio and his wife Christine who fostered for a day, and special galgo angel Barbara Manter. On the Spain side, from Valencia, Silvia of Galgo Connection Spain and her transport volunteer Hortencia and from Murcia area Tina of Galgos del Sol and her family who also hosted our volunteers and provided transport of the dogs, and finally, our newest help, Diane and her husband, of from Ibizen Hound Rescue who also took part in transporting and hosting our volunteers. We thank Gaynor also in Murcia for her hospitality during our volunteers stay in Murcia. All these people have made a difference in the lives of the following hounds! Thank you each and everyone of you for all you have done to make this happen!! Quick note: Marylou and son Noah experienced a transit strike in Spain the day they were to continue their voyage to the south and as you can imagine, that was quite a challenge, but they made it! Also last leg of trip, there was a change of planes and all four dogs were not able to board the plane. Quick action by the team and Noah left with two one day and Marylou stayed at a dog friendly hotel near Madrid airport and left the next day with the help of Tina and her family!! Whew!!
Adoption Coordination provided by Telma Shaw of GRIN :)
I start with Rochi now Enrico, because he waited the longest for his forever home. He was rescued by Silvia GCS from a terrible encampment with another podenco who was quickly adopted. We thought in no time Rochi would also be so lucky..but no, he waited and waited, two years passed..finally one day when Teri heard about the possible transport I presented Rochi to her. He would fit into their pack, had a lovely personality, had been fostered but sadly a year later had to return to live in a pensione as his foster home had lost their home. So, once again Rochi's luck was low, until the day Teri said "we will adopt Rochi"!! It was a great day because GRIN had adopted a Podenco pup to them previously and it was a match made in heaven. We are so happy for this dream that came true! Rochi has his family living large in upstate NY !
Nando was abandoned in Murcia. He had found refuge with Ibizen Hound Rescue and when Marylou saw him on the website she knew this was her boy! Well I have to say the "ears" made quite an impression on her..we believe he is a galgo podenco cross and he is a total love bug. Welcome home Nando now known as Lando you are a treasure, a diamond , a bit in the rough, and totally irresistable! He will share his home with Yim a rescued doggie from Thailand. They will enjoy life in NH. Thank you to Marylou for adopting him and also to her son Noah for bringing him and the other three back for G.R.I.N.
Next comes Yuri/Yadi (Yadier Molina Solera de Murcia Moore) better known as "The Fuzz Face"..who could resist this face? Well MaryAnn could not..she had been looking for quite a while at every fuzzy galgo that was on every website for over a year, but I am not keeping track! OK finally through GdS, this boy was available and we jumped at it! Yuri came from a kill station, young and abandonded..they called him a Galgo Russo..or, Russian Galgo, but he is really just a fuzzy Galgo! A sweet affectionate and young boy ready to be loved and cared for..well he has it all now..and two galgos to play with and a few greyhounds as well! Happy life Yadi the best is yet to come living in MO with your mom and canine friends!!
Last but not least on this transport was a home for one more Podenco, a boy named Manolo. Manolo was rescued by a lady named Toni in Murcia and he found his way to Galgos del Sol. The picture of him abandoned, laying down in a field with the saddest look was heartbreaking, thankfully he allowed himself to be rescued! He was no dumbie!! His luck had turned and his ticket was bought, he would be coming to the U.S. to live with Nancy and Taz the Pharoah Hound and a host of canine friends in South Carolina. Thank you Nancy for searching for a needy boy..he is a sweet and mellow fellow a perfect addition to her family! From abandonment in Murcia to the good life in SC, Welcome Home!