FAIAL     sponsored by:

PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN DOG,  MALE

FAIAL was an emergency case about 7 years ago. He, his partner Cheri and their 5 pups had been brought to the municipal kennels in Portimao, Algarve, by a woman who said they belonged to her brother. He had emigrated from Portugal and left her with the dogs. She could not manage them { no, otherwise they would not have had pups} so they had to go. ALL of them.
It was panic. The pups were taken in by a foster family and all were adopted because they were " true" Estrelas and very pretty.
The mother dog, Cheri, was put in a large pen with many other female dogs. She looked terrible.
Faial was put in a box on his own, so small that his tail was outside. We called this the "death cell". He was going to be put down.
So we decided to get them out, Faial and Cheri, with the help of a local rescue group. First into a dog hotel for 3 weeks and then into a kennel we specially built for them in our south garden. This was 7 years ago. They were too traumatised to be adopted and we would not let them be separated. In the summer of this year, Cheri died from a stroke and Faial was very sad and depressed.
We moved him up to the kitchen kennel by the house and now he is much improved. He is about 11 years old we think. He will stay there until he passes away.


ELECTRA     sponsored by:     Christine, Manuel & Maggie Ebner and Friends

PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN DOG,  FEMALE

ELECTRA is a small version of a Portuguese Mountain Dog, Cao da Serra da Estrela.
She was one of 30 PMD's we rescued from an old breeder in the north of Portugal two years ago. The whole story is on our website under Estrela rescue.
All dogs were locked up in containers or wooden shacks or concrete cells and allowed to breed. Pups were born in these places and sold. Dogs were in terrible conditions and some died quite soon after the rescue. Others had tumours and other life threatening conditions and died in the first year after being rescued.
Electra was rescued together with her mother Camilla and her brother Tristan. Both are still with us.
Electra is very nervous of humans and cannot be adopted. She will stay with us forever. We think she is about 5 now and she lives in a group with Ronnie, her mother Camilla and auntie Francesca.


FLASH     sponsored by:

MIXED BREED FEMALE

FLASH and her 3 pups were spotted wandering in the middle of the main road that goes from Alportel to Almodovar. It is a long windy road through hills and desolate terrain with few houses along the highway. Not a good place for mum and pups of 6 weeks old. A friend called us and Ad went to pick them up having no other alternative so quickly.

Mum is very friendly with people and a good mum for her children.
Flash is medium size, +/- 18kg and 50cm.

Flash has now been here for more than 2 years and nobody showed any interest in her. Her pups are extraordinary dogs, one now being trained as an assistance dog for diabetes and one being trained as a sniffer dog for rescue. BUT Flash just runs around the dog run and still has no home. She is a lovely, gentle dog and will thrive in a home of her own. Very affectionate and people orientated, eager to please. Gets on with other dogs but probably not cats in an outside environment. She is now about 4 year old, spayed and vaccinated.


TRISTAN     sponsored by:     Christine, Manuel & Maggie Ebner

PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN DOG,  MALE

TRISTAN is a small version of a Portuguese Mountain Dog, Cao da Serra da Estrela.
He was one of 30 PMD's we rescued from an old breeder in the north of Portugal two years ago. The whole story is on our website under Estrela rescue.
All dogs were locked up in containers or wooden shacks or concrete cells and allowed to breed. Pups were born in these places and sold. Dogs were in terrible conditions and some died quite soon after the rescue. Others had tumours and other life threatening conditions and died in the first year after being rescued.
Tristan was rescued together with his mother Camilla and his sister Electra. Both are still with us.
Tristan is still very nervous of humans except us and cannot be adopted. We think allthough he is much better than his mother and sister that he will stay with us forever. We think he is about 5 now and he lives in a another group enjoying some more freedom.


FAWLTY     sponsored by: 

PODENGO CROSS MALE

FAWLTY appeared at a Swiss couples house full of ticks, fleas and extremely thin. Abandoned or lost, who knows. He was about 5 months then. The couple already had animals and couldn't/wouldn't keep him so we felt sorry for the dog and took him in as usual! Fawlty is a lovely boy but a great attention seeker and he prefers women to men. In hindsight, we do believe he was badly treated by a man before he came to us.

He is very social with all the dogs and comes when you call him. He has lived in our kennel far too long now and needs a permanent home with a person or people who have time and patience for him.

He is now about 5,5 years old, castrated, vaccinated and tested negative for blood parasites. He is now already more than 5 years with us and we think he will stay with us forever.


CAMILLA     sponsored by:     Amelie Holzmann

PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN DOG,  FEMALE

CAMILLA is a small version of a Portuguese Mountain Dog, Cao da Serra da Estrela.
She was one of 30 PMD's we rescued from an old breeder in the north of Portugal two years ago. The whole story is on our website under Estrela rescue.
All dogs were locked up in containers or wooden shacks or concrete cells and allowed to breed. Pups were born in these places and sold. Dogs were in terrible conditions and some died quite soon after the rescue. Others had tumours and other life threatening conditions and died in the first year after being rescued.
Camilla had a daughter Electra and a son Tristan, both of them are still with us.
Camilla is still very nervous of humans and cannot be adopted. She will stay with us forever. We think she is about 7 now and she lives in a group with Ronnie.  There are two more like her in that group, which are Francesca and Electra.


SAMMY     sponsored by:     Marlis Firmhofer Mueller

MIXED BREED,  MALE

SAMMY came here 3 months ago (12-12-2016) with several external wounds and a broken leg, very swollen. He lived on the street and nobody wanted to help him. He was very thin and depressed.
We took him to our orthopaedic vet and the prognosis for the leg is not very good, probably amputation. He also tested positive to 2 types of tick fever and has been on lots of medication for all his problems. Sammy is in a kennel with one other female dog, Anuca, who is a bit shy and they get along fine. He is a young dog and very sweet but he will be handicapped all his life so an adoption will not be easy.


VINNY     sponsored by:

PODENGA,  FEMALE

VINNY was found 18 months ago (15-12-2016) roaming around a village called Sao Romao, skin and bones and in a terrible condition. After treatment and care she is now recovered and looks lovely but has remained extremely nervous of the human touch and runs away to hide whenever you go near her. She is about 4 years old (2016) and will probably stay in Goldra for a long time.


CINDY     sponsored by:

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

CINDY was a street dog who kept on having pups in the village of a rescue colleague. Last year, we decided to pick her and her pups up and take them to the shelter. The pups were very pretty and soon got homes except for one called Chiara who has stayed with us because she is nervous and people shy, just like her mum.
Cindy was sterilised, is still in Goldra and is now about 5 years old (2016).


LEXI     sponsored by:     Melanie Jonscher

Lexi has been adopted on 10 March 2017 and has now a family of her own in United Kingdom.

PODENGA,  FEMALE

This is Lexi. She is about 4 years old (2016), has been at Goldra for 2 years after being dumped near the shelter on the road with her 3 pups. She came and knocked the door at the shelter. She made clear that something was wrong and led Jan to the pups who were crying in the bushes. All pups were rehomed but so far no one wants Lexi. She is a sweet Podenga but unfortunately is one of very many.


REGGIE     sponsored by:     Hannelore Jonscher

MIXED BREED,  MALE

This is Reggie. He has been at Goldra for some time now. . He came there after a lady called to say she needed help with a dog that had been knocked down by a car. When he was picked up and taken to the vets,  he had rheumatism in his back legs, tick fever, fleas and Leishmania and his coat was in a very bad condition. Reggie is over 12 years old (2016) and had probably been living on the street for a long time, being fed by people from the local community. Reggie will stay in Goldra in his old age.


NINA     sponsored by:

JACK RUSSELL,  FEMALE

This is Nina. She is approx. 6 years old (2016). Was found 4 years ago near Silves with skin conditions including ringworm. She had a chip so the vet had to contact the owner who said he did not want her and she had run away. This is always the same old story here. She is a typical Jack Russell, loves to make a noise and joins in all the ‘fun’. She can be very nervous at times and is terrified of cars.


RONNIE     sponsored by:     Jutta Kuechl

MIXED BREED,  MALE

RONNIE was rescued 3 years ago from a killing station= Perrera, in Huelva, Spain.
The volunteers there sent out an SOS because they were killing 5 dogs a day.
We went and took out 7 dogs of which 6 were homed but Ronnie, who was lying half dead under several large dogs, has never recovered mentally from this traumatic experience. He is afraid of all humans and will not let anyone touch him at all. He is fine with the dogs he lives with and will stay with us forever.


FRANCESCA     sponsored by:    Tugba Ellwanger

PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN DOG,  FEMALE

FRANCESCA is a small version of a Portuguese Mountain Dog, Cao da Serra da Estrela.
She was one of 30 PMD's we rescued from an old breeder in the north of Portugal two years ago. The whole story is on our website under Estrela rescue.
All dogs were locked up in containers or wooden shacks or concrete cells and allowed to breed. Pups were born in these places and sold. Dogs were in terrible conditions and some died quite soon after the rescue. Others had tumours and other life threatening conditions and died in the first year after being rescued.
Francesca had a daughter and she was adopted in Wales.
Francesca is very nervous of humans and cannot be adopted. She will stay with us forever. We think she is about 7 now and she lives in a group with Ronnie.  There are two more like her in that group, which are Camilla and Electra.


ROBERTA     sponsored by:     Patrick Holzman

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

ROBERTA is another example of profound cruelty. She was kept in a ruin on a chain 24/7 by a gypsy family. When we rescued her by stealing her during Sunday lunchtime when most people are eating and drinking alcohol, her ears were necrotic, she was full of ticks, fleas, mange and had difficulties walking. Both ears had holes punched in them and were being eaten alive by flies and maggots.
This photo is after 2 weeks of treatment.
She tested positive for tick fevers and heartworm which we all treated. 6 months later she developed mammary tumours and had all the mammaries removed.
Poor Roberta, nobody wants to adopt her but she is a nice little dog and very social with humans. Not very social with other dogs but tolerates them.
She is about 4/5 years old now (2016). So she can stay here with us forever if necessary.
Her complete story is on the website. Dogs for adoption button scroll down to almost the bottom.


BRUNA     sponsored by:     Regina Ochse

PORTUGUESE MOUNTAIN DOG,  FEMALE

BRUNA also came from the Hell Hole in the north of Portugal.
She lived in a dark, long narrow concrete cell and had pups in there. When we found her she only had one puppy of 3 weeks old. She was petrified of everything outside, just like Francesca, so we put her and her pup in our cattery in the garden where they were together and quite safe and could see plants, trees, other dogs and breath fresh air. The pup we called Brunetto and he developed into a normal dog and now lives in Scotland. Bruna is so very scared of humans and runs away all the time. She has a kennel to sleep in and when she gets in there in her basket we can stroke her. She will now take a biscuit out of your hand, after 2.5 years with us. She cannot go for adoption and will stay here forever.


ISOLDA     sponsored by:     Jana Wysocki

MIXED BREED,  FEMALE

ISOLDA, she was a wild female living at a local supermarket and had pups several times. One day a rescue group caught the pups and took them away BUT they left the mother which means she would be pregnant again in 6 months and then more pups and more pups......4 of the pups got very ill with Parvo and we nursed them on drips in our guest room because the vet could not accommodate so many sick pups. One died in our arms!! The other 3 survived and were adopted in Holland.  They were very beautiful and we still have contact today.
However, it took us months to capture the mother, months of patient feeding and getting her confidence sitting on the grass in front of the shop. She was very nervous of all humans. We took her home and let her find her own way around the garden and the garage. It took us TWO years before we could touch her.
Now she is much more relaxed and we can stroke her when she wants it.
But she cannot go for adoption anywhere as we are afraid she will then become very nervous again so she will stay with us forever.
Isolda is about 7 years old now.