First GLF Europe adoption of a rescued Spanish Galgo greyhound
GLF northern Italy cell after some weeks could finally adopt a suffering Galgo rescued to his destiny of death after a painful short existence in his first three years.
We wish to him the chance to have a new life full of the love and cares he deserves.
The new name of this handsome but terrified noble dog is now " Anubis" in honor of the deep resemblance with the ancient Egyptian God worshipped during the First Pharaoh Dynasty (c. 3100 – c. 2890 BC) later replaced by Osiris by the Middle Kingdom ((c. 2055 – 1650 BC). This God is famous for being usually depicted as a canine in the typical Sphinx position or a man with a canine head.
To whom doesn't know the awful story and fate reserved to those unlucky Spanish greyhounds, also called the Sons of the wind, not considered other than dogs for work and no pets to protect, we give you now a short introduction of those racing hares hunters.
The Galgo Español (Spanish Galgo) or Spanish Greyhound is an ancient breed of dog, specifically a member of the sighthound family. One theory, because of its name, is that the Galgo was named for the Gauls, who inhabited the Iberian Peninsula 400–600 B.C.E.
More probably other theories, now backed by genetic testing that show the unique DNA of this pure breed , believe they likely originated from ancient Egypt as they, or hounds very similar to them, are depicted in the sculptures and paintings of the ancient Egyptians.
Certainly they are a much older breed than the northern European sighthounds such as Greyhounds, Wolfhounds and Deerhounds.
Despite being called a “Spanish Greyhound”, the Galgo is not truly a Greyhound. The lineages of the two breeds are different. However, in the last century or so, some breeders have cross-bred Galgos and Greyhounds in order to produce faster Galgos ( as it’s Anubi’s case ).
Galgos are unfortunately bred in large numbers by unscrupulous breeders, who then kill them in the most barbaric ways possible- hanging, burning, battering, shooting, or throwing them from a moving car. It is estimated that about 50,000 are killed each year, although some sources say 100,000 is the more likely number. (sourceWikipedia)
In Spain, galgos are mainly used for hunting or coursing hare. During the annual hunting season (October to January) many live in dark sheds in excess numbers. They spend most of their days confined, neglected and barely fed because it is believed that a hungry dog hunts better. Once the season is over, galgueros (hunters who own the galgos) dispose of the dogs by hanging them from trees, throwing them into wells, beating and abandoning them or turning them in at killing stations, where most never have a chance at leaving alive. They do this so that they don't have to feed them in between hunting seasons, and also since they are allowed to breed at will there is always a ready supply of replacement dogs for the next hunting season. A very fine hunting dog may be allowed to live through two or three seasons before he is disposed of.
Sadly, the galgo's native land still views it as a second-class animal and few Spaniards will own them as pets. They are bred carelessly and used for hunting by galgueros (galgo handlers). At the end of the hunting season in Spain, the galgos deemed worthless or too costly to maintain are destroyed in a variety of inhumane ways — including being hanged, dumped into abandoned wells, shot, and even burned to death.