When planets collide...
A litter of five tiny puppies and their mum – known as the ‘Planet Podencos’ – are starting new lives after being rescued from a Costa Blanca mountain.
The “little balls of fluff” were captured on a cliff face, saved from rolling off a ledge, and four weeks later are thriving at Javea-based Tanamera, which specialises in rescuing and re-homing podencos – the Spanish hunting dog – and greyhounds.
And their mum Venus is being cared for by animal charity Jalon Valley Arc and is to be adopted by Nikki Langford, who first raised the alarm after feeding the pregnant dog and her errant beau Neptune outside her home in Alcalali.
Nikki’s prompt action triggered a successful operation by Arc and Tanamera to capture Venus, rescue her litter, and it is still hoped to bring Neptune back into the orbit of human beings.
Jacky and Arjan Hazeleger run privately-owned Tanamera and lent their expertise with podencos to a rescue operation after seeing Nikki’s story on Facebook.
“As always we got involved and advised how to catch them; she didn’t succeed in getting the mum, who had a litter in the mountains,” said Jacky.
“We went up very early one Sunday morning just to look at them and I sat down with Nikki – Venus came up very close and I managed to lasso her – we then wondered what to do next because we knew she had puppies.
“My husband Arjan climbed up to a ledge on the mountain and caught the little ones, they were about four days old then. They were five beautiful puppies; very cute and were just little balls of fluff.”
ARC is currently socialising Venus, thought to be aged about four, before her adoption by Nikki and her litter is also in safe hands.
“We are fostering the puppies at Tanamera and together with Arc we hope to find homes for them – they are doing very well without mum, people think it is cruel but it makes it easier to socialise them properly.”