May 1st: Day of the Podenco
After February 1st was chosen to be the Día del Galgo (the day of the Galgo), to raise awareness for Galgos and their brutal existence, today is the Day of the Podenco.
Why do we need the Day of the Podenco?
Uli Schofield, co-director of SOS Podenco Rescue, explains: “It all came about when everyone commemorated the Day of the Galgo. Maria and I (we run SOS Podenco Rescue jointly) thought why isn’t there a day for the Podencos? After all, they suffer the same horrible treatment as the Galgos, perhaps even worse, and they are far more difficult to rehome because many people consider them unsuitable as pets or companion animals – it’s total rubbish but the myth is still out there! So we decided to give the Podencos their very own day.”
Why May 1st?
The Day of the Galgo is on February 1st because it marks the end of the hunting season. So why is May 1st Day of the Podenco? This date was chosen for a variety of well-fitting reasons.
1. It’s Labour Day
Podencos labour long and hard during their working life, so what better day than Labour Day to dedicate to the Podenco. Besides that, it’s a bank holiday here in Spain – which gives me lots of time to spend with my Podenco!
2. It’s the Gaelic Beltane
The Gaelic May Day festival marks a day of new beginnings, re-growth and the awakening of life. I love the symbolism of this day in relation to the abandoned Podencos who are lucky enough to have started a new, better life in their forever homes. For the not yet lucky ones, I believe it signifies hope for a better future. Hope that one day the plight of the Podenco will be well known and fought across the globe.
The Day of the Podenco was brought to life by SOS Podenco Rescue but needless to say, the thought behind the day doesn’t stop at the dogs rescued through them. May 1st is a day for anyone, anywhere, with a love of these wonderful dogs.
One of the main motivations behind me starting this website was to raise awareness for the plight of the Podenco, after I was blessed to get Anuska in my life. Today I am putting this image as my profile picture on Facebook. It’s a gorgeous photo and it looks as if Singha the Podenco, at the setting of the sun, remembers all the Podencos suffering unspeakable terrors at the hands of their hunter owners, out on the bitter streets fighting for survival or incarcerated in the kill shelters.
You can get involved too in spreading the Podenco word. Here’s some ideas how:
- Update your profile picture with this image
- Share Podenco posts (like this one)
- Share your experiences if you have a Podenco in your life
If we keep doing that, the world will soon catch on to what we already know: Podencos are absolutely delightful creatures, and they deserve our protection!