EL PERRO - Google reliably informs me this is the Spanish term for 'dog'.
Here are our two Spanish pups enjoying the facilities at Hanson's Hounds. Pumpkin and Sally are two gorgeous Spanish rescues who must have some tales to tell about their travels!
The girls enjoyed a couple of nights boarding with us and were absolutely adorable. It was love at first sight. To be honest, they were the perfect house guests and spent most of the time snoozing on the sofas, it was very cold outside!
Sally is approximately 12 years old and a little terrier type who likes to chase squirrels, who doesn't? She's a quiet girl and you forget she's there apart from the little sneezes she gives every now and then. She's more cautious than her sister, Pumpkin and she likes to stay close whilst she's out and about, except when she spots a squirrel. She's been in the UK about 19 months or so and has settled in well. She loves a cuddle and will make sure you know this, by giving you a gentle tap on the arm with her paw if you dare to stop stroking her. She loves her food but wont eat unless she's got a quiet place to chow down and is not disturbed. What a gorgeous girl.
Pumpkin is about 8 or 9 years old and is a Spanish Pedenco Canario, which means Canarian Hound, originating from the Canary Islands. They were used to hunt rabbits and are an excellent sight hound. Unfortunately, our Pumpkin is completely blind due to progressive retinal atrophy, over the years her sight has failed her. She also has diabetes, so the two could be linked. Its likely her diabetes wasn't managed when she was a street dog in Spain and so her sight failure could be a result of that. However, this girl has adapted brilliantly and you would be forgiven for thinking she could see.
She is amazing and nothing seems to faze her. She is, of course, cautious of steps and understandably hesitant and needs a helping hand. But apart from that she gets around very well. Her other senses have likely become highly sensitive to compensate. It was clear whilst we were out on our walks that her nose works incredibly well, she was sniffing and catching scents and following these without a problem. She enjoyed being off lead in open fields and navigated her way like a pro. Although she loved being out and about she does take some encouragement to get off the sofa!
Her diabetes is managed by twice daily canine insulin injections. Her lovely owner, supervised me doing this and it was OK once I got the hang of it. Pumpkin loves her food, she gets so excited when she hears the bowls being put out and she can jump as high as the kitchen counter, eager for her meal. She has a special diet to manage her diabetes so she couldn't really have any treats but she does enjoy a bit of chicken.
These gorgeous pair of girls now have a wonderful, safe home to live in, thanks to their amazing mum. She is an angel to take these two girls from overseas and give them all the love they deserve. They give that love back in spades and of course, we are very pro-rescue here at Hanson's Hounds and these two girls just go to show what incredible dogs are out there desperate for our love and care.
PLEASE DON'T SHOP - ADOPT xx
MY FAVOURITE RESCUES; but there are lots of other amazing rescues too.
A BIT ABOUT ME......
We're three years on from the inception of Hanson's Hounds and its been a wonderful ride.