Puppy Alert!

This little family won’t be small!!!
I thought I’d just give you a preview of our latest litter 😍 Four boys and one girl. Just the cutest bundles of cuddliness ever! A man we’d never seen before brought them and said he’d drop them off in the fields if we didn’t take them. They’ll be big dogs so we’ll have to be a bit picky about where they end up but if you check back after the weekend, we’ll have individual photos of them.

We’ve waited for this. 😥 We expected this. 🤔 This has now happened. 😢

You probably all know by now that the hunting season finished last week and the simple fact is… they dump or murder their dogs in the most hideous ways. The hunters aren’t prepared to pay for food during the closed season and the less well the dogs have performed, then if death is their punishment, it will be more grizzly.

So when the “Gypsy man” as Colleen calls him, appears, we’re angry but we’re also relieved. The dogs are at least alive.

So this morning he turns up with a young female that we’ve called Opal and a young male called Jasper. Colleen had just finished settling them in to the newly refurbished indoor pens when the bell goes again. On the trailer is new mum Rayas with her two tiny puppies, Lucky and Charm. Also with them was handsome Mármol.

So this has happened in one morning. How many more will follow? I’ll give you now some facts.

If Colleen gets to sleep, the worry wakes her. You wonderful people donated towards a pallet of food which at €585 was due to be paid and in one weeks time the next pallet will have to be paid for again. Thankfully we have a little money donated towards this but not all. We have to buy puppy food. We have 100+ dogs. We have Vet bills. We have medication to buy. We have just ordered tick/flea drops. Today’s Galgos were alive with fleas and already the ticks are about. We have four Male Galgos booked in for sterilisation. The shop is quiet, Colleen is using her pension and going without and this really worries me. She’s been in bed with flu this week because she’s so run down and we can’t afford that.

What can we do to help Colleen to help the dogs that she never turns her back on? Can you help us, Friends of Paradise. This difficult situation is ongoing and I’m worried for my friend xx

Paypal: paradisekennels@live.com

Every month is a hard month but January’s really hard 😢

A Pallet of food for our adult dogs lasts for just under 3 weeks. It costs Colleen €585. As well as this, there’s puppy food to buy, things to add to the dry food, like the chicken which she cooks up. We have a sterilisation program and this week, three were sterilised at a cost of €330. There are lots and lots of hidden expenses like the gallons of cleaning products we use, the water tanker that comes to fill up our tank……and of course, never ending Vet bills, the list goes on.
Our Charity Shop has good days and bad days, during the winter months there are more bad ones. Our Coffee Club is great in that the monthly income from it is something we can rely on but at the moment our outgoings are much more than our income……so what to do? Well. I just wondered if there was a chance you could spare us the cost of a cup of coffee once a month or maybe just as a one off donation. You see I’d really like to give Colleen a bit of breathing space by trying to raise enough money for the next pallet and I’d like to give her a couple of worry free weeks. What do you think? Are you in?
The link to our Coffee Club is: http://paradiserescuekennels.com/monthly-donation/
Our PayPal is paradisekennels@live.com
Thank you x

URGENT! Colleen has just messaged. If you’re travelling to Hondon from Albatera, please read:

Just coming over the mountain back from the vets, lyn and I spot a small red smooth dog on the road .I pulled over and we saw 5 dogs in the bushes most definitely abandoned 3small ones 2 bigger ones all same red colour could not get a picture but tried to see them they ran of into the woods !!!! This place is so full of Caterpillar nests you would not believe!!! Whoever put these dogs there have signed there death sentence. There are no houses here for miles they would not get here on there own steam they are on the Alberta side of the mountain please tell people to watch out for them omg omg .!!!! Small dogs looks like mother father and 3 pups !!!

Waggy tails in the puppy house.

Doing their best to tempt you all, we’ve got the sweetest bunch of little puppies all looking for a home. (Except little Flic who’s off to Scotland). For further information, contact me. Mary-Ann Dunning

Today’s weather forecast. Cloud, sun and a possible hour of rain later

The first of a few day’s work has already started on the clear up. Aupa Delphin (Pascale) and her son Kenny have been marvellous throughout. Along with Colleen and Peter, they’ve made great inroads in the cleanup. Peter’s having a quick break with Smokey (the bandit). The washing machine will be in overdrive and hopefully it will soon be business as usual. Soon the Galgos will be back in their pens and we’ll have everything crossed for NO MORE RAIN 🙏
Thank you all for your concern, it’s such a comfort knowing you’re all there. My big request today is that we’re desperate for BLANKETS AND NEWSPAPER. Siesta at La Zenia, Oasis Benijófar and Welcome Inn Rojales are collection points or contact me. Thanks everyone.

The Galgos are on the move!

The Galgos, whose pens are at the low end of the kennels have been marched up to the indoor “garage” pens. They’ll be safe and cosy there. They stood knee deep in water during the September floods 😢

It’s been two days now. Storm Gloria continues to lash down and we’re getting scared!

The thunder boomed throughout the night and the rain has lashed down non stop. I’ve heard from Colleen and the dogs runs are filling up. Unfortunately it’s still too torrential for them to get out there to pump it out. Here we go again. This is such a worry, not just for us but for all the other rescues in the area. We’ll keep you updated but it looks like there’s at least another day of it ⛈

Colleen and Peter are on tenterhooks

The rain is so bad that the schools didn’t even open today. Storm Gloria is set to batter us for another couple of days and it’s worrying. The surrounding orange groves are a quagmire. Keep your fingers crossed for us and please remember we still need bedding and papers so please keep collecting x