Abandoned Dogs

Puppies abandoned yesterday

Abandoned dogs have always been a problem in rural Spain. When we lived near Motril we rescued and found homes for 8 dogs which had been abandoned at various times near our cortijo. Two of our current  3 dogs, Rubi and Blanquita, were abandoned. The problem was just as bad when we moved to Los Guajares.

Rufus and Rusty

Although we had heard that there is a similar problem here we had not encountered it until yesterday. In the morning we went for a walk up the lane beside our house through the olive groves in the hills beyond. We are familiar with the vehicles which use this private road, so we were puzzled when one we hadn’t seen before passed us. The two men inside seemed reluctant to make eye contact – unusual, since all the people who use the road to get to their land are very friendly.

Rufus with Charlie our Jack Russell

Some minutes later, having climbed further up the track, we looked down and saw the vehicle parked by the side of the road. The occupants had got out and, although we couldn’t see them, we could hear them talking. It was at this point that we became suspicious and this was confirmed when, as we made our steep descent through the olive groves down to the river, we came upon two puppies, obviously recently abandoned.


The puppies – both dogs – are about seven weeks old and in reasonably good condition. They are typical ‘campo’ dogs, being a mixture of podenco and pointer, with a bit of dachshund thrown in judging from the short legs and long torso of the smaller puppy.

Now begins the time consuming task of trying to find homes for Rusty and Rufus ( as I’ve named them ) so we shall be putting up posters and contacting local animal welfare societies.It is an offence to abandon animals in Spain, and although there have been successful prosecutions, it’s necessary to have witnesses to make this possible.

If you can help us with finding homes for these puppies please email me at info@margaretmerry.com.


About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy portraiture and figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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