This web page is dedicated to every Spanish Galgo

This web page is dedicated to every Spanish Galgo who is being tortured as you read this, and awaiting the kind hand of courage to come in and rescue them. Every letter I have written, had published, and every person I have spoken to about the galgos, it is in dedication to them. To the associations who work tirelessly to save, mend and further protect Galgos from the cruel hands of the hunter.

Carlota and Ambo, the Ambasadog for the Galgos!!




domingo, 3 de noviembre de 2013

 The entrance to love..

Neizan  Picking the harvest.
 Neizan builds the childrens Veggie patch.

A special blessing to 112 Carlota Galgos.

An amazing year blessed with the help of Marianne.

Susana.. a dear friend to us and the galgos. THOR and CHARLY.
Always in our hearts.. APOLO.

Special friends.

ZOE. No words needed.

Simply a chilling.. just because we can.

Early days

Special visitor.

Pure love

You are winning Ebs, you are! His message in life came BIG to us all "When strong isnt good enoughm BE STRONGER!

FINCA 112 carlota galgos. New change will come!

The place where freedom exists...

garaje space, now full!!! 
Enter into tranquility and the very soul of Finca 112 carlota galgos.

The making of the new tool shed and Childrens tree house.

Garden time for special cases.

The patio where lots of guests and visitors have enjoyed their time with us.

Forever love in the orchard.

The barns of peace.

Where the magic begins and freedom reigns.

The path to freedom.


In recovery Mr.Ebs learns to survive.

Special friends Sofia and Clio.


AMAZING support from Susan "The Blue Greyhound" UK.

Harly and his blind eye.

A close friend Debbie embraces harlequin.

You will feel love, I promise. Harly.

A special visitor John spends time with Mr.Ebs.

2 special girls.

Magic moments, gifts for the children and galgos.

Gotcha Harly. I wont let you fall.

SOL.. our sunshine boy. Departs for home Belguim.

Buddy in his new home. Greyhounds Rescue Belguim.

Tarzan.. rescued locally. King of the wild.

Im a doin it! EBRO LOVE!

 Sweet Chrissy, named for a dear friend Chrissy!
Shhhhh babies sleeping. BB and Nei.

                                                                     A new Beginning.

2012 /2013 Opened up a new beginning for 112 Carlota Galgos.

Over the years we have rescued so many galgos and rehabilitated so so many. The stables were a blessing and helped us restore so many souls.
In October 2012 we moved to "the Finca 112 Carlota Galgos" an opportunity or a blessing, the 2 combined! I know for sure it changed all our lives as a family, but mine the most.
After years of being at the stables and the physical demands of the care the galgos needed there, the finca gave way to a different growth.

We grasped the opportunities with all hands and started work on the bays that needed to créate safety for the galgos. WOW what a differance for some of the galgos from the Stables life to the finca.
Their very "own" orchard!

The relief in seeing these lost souls play around the trees took my breath away more than once.
I was in awe of a feeling which oozed soul, and Finca 112 Carlota Galgos was up and running.

Having had years of writing and publishing Id also written many an email and found some incredible friends along the way. Gosh, those who helped me keep afloat at the stables.. and just keep plugging away. Little by Little. To you all, you know who you are, you will always be in my heart. No matter if you donated a coat, 1 euro, or 50 euros, I know each one of you as my galgo saviours.

Marianne camae into our lives moving away from her frienship via email, and into a real growth of warmth. Excelling in all ways, I was enabled to be blessed by her help. Thus allowing me to concéntrate on rehabilitating these souls who came to the finca. Honoured she chose to write her blog on 112 carlota Galgos.. took my breath away. In memory of Jade lives on.. and on... and on..

Not long after our move to the finca I was contacted by a friend Marie. Asking me if I would mind a couple coming to visit. For they were amazing people, and a beautiful couple. I of course said Fab!
In steps Chrissy and David into the lives of 112 carlota Galgos. WOW, what a year of amazing photographs and fun. Aside the fab shots of beauty which Chrissy masters with her simple camera and incredible eye, her friendship and warmth sailed straight through to my heart.
Dave became Dionis rock in that if for just one day a week Dioni wasnt here, Dave would be. If Dioni was here, well,.. they Heard me say all the more " and... what about this, Ive had an idea.. its surely only a 5 minute job!" And the list of ever to do things gets longer as I see future benefits unfold before my eyes for the happiness of the galgos.

Along the way has been my close friend Debs. what can I say about Debs.. always there for a giggle and a hug, and whenever needed by my side.  From the stables to the Finca, I have Susana to thank ... Susana who comes once a week without fail. Having been told about the Finca, Susana pushed me to come and see it.. .. I have to say, none of us ever want to leave here, needless to say niether do the galgos who are on their way to entering through the gates of finca 112 carlota galgos Orchard.  A galgo and pod friend Susana, and an amazing person. Incredibly special times.
This year has blessed us in so many ways... It really is incredible.
In this blesses the galgos. The work and cases we have seen have taken my all at times but to see them reach a place of peace, means everything.

The finca has become a full time job and and passion. Aside Dionis working day at the office, he has a million Jobs to do at the finca, couldnt be without him and the family as all of us together make this what it is. Home for the galgos who make it to safety here.

Mr.Ebro came into our lives not long after we had the finca,  his best friend to this day lives on in our hearts. Jadey.. a symbol of the Spanish Galgo and the pain they live through how she tired and could not go on.
The day I said goodbye, I will never forget. Along the way, Ebro had the world behind him. His will power was like no other and his message so clear "when strong isnt good enough be stronger!"
He made it thanks to so many many incredible people, a unity of love across the globe for Ebro and his best friend who left the earth, grew wings and became the angel we all need by our sides to carry on.

Through Ebro I was introduced to so many people,  people who didnt know about us and our work. Where we had been and what we had been doing, for we didnt shout about it, we simply just got on with it. BUT... the joy in finding new friends has been overwhelmingly beautiful. To which every single day I give thanks for.

The cases we have taken in, rehabilitated, cared for and found loving homes for has been incredible. Extending our family to the galgos new families has been amazingly beautiful. 112 Carlota Galgos grows.

For many that know me, know that the goal is the educational centre. This is where we work towards creating change via the youth. Teaching them the better ways of responsibility and promoting love of the galgos.

This is what Finca 112 Carlota Galgos stands for.. LOVE! In that we received many a visitor over the past year, taking on the daily chores of the finca, and learning all about the galgos care and helping us with hands on deck has been incredible. Fun times, and serious times, and heartfelt moments of magic which many wont forget, least of all me.

Amazing times have been had and we so hope for so many many more. All the while in awe of the galgos who breathe the peace and tranquility which the Orchard offers.
Everyday that passes by is the best Ive ever had in my life. I adore the galgos, and fight constantly for their welfare. To have hope, and bring those we can to safety. Ive been told by those who visit the orchard oozes tranquility and healing as much for people as it does via our work for the galgos.. an honour I feel that to be as my all is in this, every ounce of my being is for the galgos.

To ALL who help us exist, my heart is filled with gratitude .. so watch this space, come on over and see what were all about. The family grows with every adoption, and if I was anymore proud, Id burst!

In Galgo affection, and thanks, always.

sábado, 9 de marzo de 2013

Dizzy in love. A day in the life of charl.

Dizzy in love! A day in the life of Charl..

This morning took me back to Sr.Galguero. I never thought Id go there again. But this morning I was reduced to my knees and my heart broke in two. This is how my morning began.

I woke early to the call of the hounds, having been unwell all night (sure some kind of bug) I wandered down in my pj's to greet the babes in theirs. I opened them up, scrambled up the steps and fell back into bed. A full nights sleep for some, but for Mr.Ebro and I it was long and drawn out. He didnt need anything other tan to go out, but cried. Hes needy at the moment, its the way it is for him. His week ahead I feel will be the start of change, drawbacks, and the very beginning of what we call a step forward, 2 back.. but the long haul will mean he's done it! Made it.

I fell back into bed and woke again at ten. SUPER late for me, as I am up with the lark most days. These days, Im not sure whats night and day.. but where I fall I sleep. I uneasily drank my café, bad stomach reminding me o the night Id passed, weak and tired. Psychologically I cannot do anything until I have had coffee!

Dressing I go down to the gang, they wait in anticipation for the love they have begun to feel here they are hungry for. They take my breath away, literally when I see them waiting for me. Pure love, innocent and happy.. for me. I open the gates as I tell them to Shhhhhh, no need to greet me in noise for my head bangs. My hands go down and I cannot help caress the souls which lift mine and gift me the privalege  of them being in my life.

All cleaned as my head spins, dizzy in awe of these souls, and my heart suffering for Ebro. Realistically, clinically while Prince was hanging to life by a thread, he suffered nothing in comparison to Ebro, and all the while, I love them all. I have fallen for this breed hook line and sinker. My life is theirs.. something for them that they have never had. Of their own.. to be loved.

I scoop the bowls and off I go, breakfast calling. Leo in the background gaining ground all the time. Following me closely but fear inside. Odie jumping for joy, the pup inside just sends him wild, wise Maika knows thee drill breakfasts coming.

This morning I decided to break Leos routine.. to show him he can, even  though it hurts. Confrontation he just cannot handle but he has to learn to. A wild galgo trying to be tamed. I eventually close my fingers around his collar and decide to move him into Jades house. Yesterday Suri moved in with Prince and Odie for she is clever and able to "open" a window which has a latch. Photos I took of her jumping the window.. a wise escape artista who probaly did so to be free of her galguero. So Leo moves to Jades house,  this is where his fence will go up and he will have his kennel with his fence. Small and able to be handled. I am reducing his freedom where he feels safe. He struggled backed up like a wild gazelle but I would not let go. I held on and got tugged, almost fell and the  room mates he has concerned. For they see his distance and insecurities. He pulled back, fell over, but Leo " I wont let you go" a galgo in pain who has to understand this is it,  eventually I take him to Jades kennel and he is destroyed inside. For the forcé of being made to do something makes him want to crumble. I hold him, I hold his head and I tell him "here it is ok, here you will blossom, you will be free, I promise - if it takes forever then we will get there together!" He doesnt believe me. But I didnt expect him to.
Broken inside I close the door. I feel that raw pain more than I can ever express.

I close the door and feel sad inside. Moving to the bowls I collect them all clean and ready. Wandering back to the stable where the storage is..

Placing the bowls I begin to fill with food and meds individually prepared, and without realising I bang my head. I bang it on the only wooden shelf which holds the towels and the blankets heavily swaying down, for I dont yet have proper shelves prepared. I bang it on the corner and it stung. So stung.  Braveing the pain for a second Im ok, then tears began to fall. The scream inside of me made me weep and weep and weep.

I take 3 bowls while wallowing in my tears to Jades house for Mora, Dover and Leo. Opening the door I place each bowl on the floor. Stepping into this warm quarters I am dying in my tears. Drowning in pain.Streaming down my face I see these 3 souls. Examples of pain, broken,and ignorance  by man,yet I see love. I literally fall to my knees in inconsolable tears begging  God to help me make change. This is a moment I will hold onto, for Mora more concerned about me, leaves her bowl of food and comes to me. She presses her body against me, and I reach out to her, I rest my head on her girth, as she lets me standing quietly and still,and I feel such pain inside and I beg God to never let me leave this finca, to help me maintain this place for these souls who so desperately need it. Marked inside still from yesterdays joy at the childrens love for the galgos, I feel to the very depths of me the love for this place and all it offers the galgos. I held Mora close as I could not stop the tears falling, the wailing inside of me came  forth -I was inconsolable.
I looked at them, and my heart ached for Ebro. For the pain this galgo has been through,  for the past disgust,  for Jade as I sat on the floor of where she should have been now.. and I sobbed and sobbed and sobbed. Not once did Mora move. Only closer to me as if she felt I needed her. I could not stop.

Inside I felt raw, the one desire I have in my life is to make change, it felt even more indepth and relevant.

"Please God help me help these souls, pleading inside me as Im on my knees the tears streaming, the sobbing uncontrollable I begged.. I saw the beauty of the finca and all it offers them, their peace, their tranquility, and I begged him to let us stay somehow, here forever!" I begged that here we can make change in the lives of the kids who will be the future. I saw my life before my eyes doing nothing but this. Watching galgos come in, and go, but the visión being change for the future.

Crying allowed for Ebro, for them all, .. for the goal, for the result. As I found peace, and the sobbing lessoned, I released Mora and looked up. She looked at me, and gracefully turned to then eat. The other 2 didnt even attempt to take her food as they had finished. I think they saw the moment and felt it.

I closed the door silently, respecting their blessing in my life, and went to the next kennel to feed the happy pods awaiting me. The pods who had been beaten, marked and broken.. now, happy and loved. Carly and Clio waiting their breakfast as still the tears just quietly  fell.  I walked the orchard to go and get the galgos breakfast and breathed it in, all it means to the galgos that walk it, play in it, and relax in it. I take their bowls and feed the girls.. Maika, Elsa, Ete, and Eli. All aware that the ambiance in me was altered.

I take to the next kennel, Prince, (who has his kibble mixed with warm fish juices and leaks, veg and rice, ) odie and suri who take life in their stride and goof their food down ready to play play play.

The bruise on my head, the lump formed is nothing, but the tears continued  and combined with the emptyness of Jade, with a passion for making the galgos safe, seeing it through all the way, burns inside me.
As I answer the phone to a new case, a rough haired galgo shot in Sevilla but scooped by a policeman, brought the galgo to his home, alive with the pellet dislodged a galgueros attempt at another killing. Well Sr.galguero you missed. The new galgo who is nameless remains in the home of the policeman, but will come to 112 carlopta galgos when there is room. The importance of adoptions means another is saved.. When Eli and Maika go home to their forevers this space is open for the new nameless galgo! In the meantime he will be cared for by my vet and held onto by the pólice man, until he comes to the finca 112 carlota galgos and learns a new love.

Holding my breath on news for Ebro, this next week is crucial. He has a bad stomach, la ong time on antibiotics which now he will take stomach protectors and th área of the pins infected, normal also after so long, broken inside I  await next weeks appointment for him and its here we decide opérate the two legs together or one at a time.

I walk the finca, breathe it in, see the effect it has on visitors, it just sucks  you in. if you didnt love the galgo before you came, you will when you leave. The finca oozes a peace and tranquility for them, healing which in turns heals people who spend time in the orchaard with the galgos. in my weakest moment there, having fallen to my knees in prayer, pleading with God to let us stay forever.. to gift this to the future galgos and children, a feeling they will never lose an indepth base of love which will continue with them for the rest of their lives is all I want now from life.

So, drying my swollen eyes, I come into the house to start the day. To make vet calls and paperwork. To move amongst my family with my broken heart.. for this realistically is what the plight of the galgos does, to me.
I will fight for this breed of  dog, today and everyday. My pledge to them, is my life for theirs but I ask nothing from them, just that they can be! Because they can!

An innate love, of my soul touched, so deep teres no way back. I move forward in the plight and the care of those galgos to come to us. Forward in pride when I see children open up to them. An awesome feeling of positiveness for the future.

Ive dedicated so long to publishing, pounding the streets, the internet streets for publicity, Tv and radio breaks for these souls, to tell the world they need us.

Im honoured, and privalged to ba a part of their lives, for this breed of dog offers a serenity
that until you have felt, you realice there is nothing in the world like it.

While my days are filled with the care of these souls, I cannot do it alone. I cannot fulfill this dream, this goal, touch their lives without  you all. Your help is paramount in the changes of these galgos lives So, from me, from the galgos in our care, from my family, we thankyou with every breath we take, with every  caress made to Ebro, wiith every child blessed who has come to know the galgo here, with every inch of my body heart and soul, thankyou.

A galgos friend "Martin" asked me "how does the plight make me feel, how does it affect my life?" well, welcome to a day in the life of Charl! I am proud, in awe, and amazed by the Spanish Galgo. That I take the scars on my heart for the cases we receive, yes, that I fight a battle of a country which disreguards these poor souls as vermin, yes.. but that I wake everyday greatful that I can do this, Yes! That I wake and say thankyou that we are in the finca for the galgos to have this peace, yes!
That I believe the galgueros are responsable for breaking more tan the galgos.. yes. Ive seen many relationships end due to the pressure, sickness takes over, hearts eternally broken, yes.. Ohhh Yes they are so much more responsable for damage done to the galgos and their rescuers.. but, while I can, and I endevaour to do so, fill the plight with positivity, the love of a child is so pure, it has no shame matched perfectly to the love of a galgo. That yes..

That I walk the finca, the orchard despite the tears inflicted, in complete greatfulness that we can do what we are doing for these souls who cross our path.

I am in awe and greatful to every single person, who helps us bless these galgos, who helps us care for them, and to whom we have now formed bonds. Relationships, so needed in the plight of the galgos. For we will make change, all of us together.

A proud Charl ..

 In Galgo Affection

Charlotte & Ambo Ambasadog!

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Ambo esta patrocinado por  `Los especialistas de comida natural para perros.'

"Que todos los galgos tengan un rayo de esperanza!"
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing!" A.Einstein. "El mundo es un lugar peligroso, no por esos que hacen maldades, si no por esos que miran y no hacen nada!" A.Einstein.