Greyhound Rescue South Yorkshire
Senor Galguero, I sat waiting and waiting today as time passed and my hunger grew. You never came, even though we who are here fear your footsteps. You may just bring us those crumbs of bread which we all have to fight for, even though we wish there was enough for us all.
Its cold in here tonight and the floor is damp, I cannot sit and I cannot lie down but for you, my master, I will wait in the cold and feel the hunger. When I saw you last you came and took my mother, I still await her return but she just has not come back. I don’t understand, Senor Galguero, for I am a good Galgo and I try my hardest.
Can you bring my mother back for I miss her terribly and amongst the other dogs we are all chained up and behind bars? Can you bring her back, Senor Galguero, for I miss her, I will do all I can for you in return? The morning follows and it’s colder than cold, my body is trembling and I am so very hungry. My bones hurt when I try to sit but for you, Senor Galguero, I will not complain.
As dawn arrives I hear what are familiar voices and the door screeches open, I think ‘we are going to play today’. I don’t understand why you are so very angry with us all and your boot has more than once thrown me across the floor, as now I see you angry with the pretty white galga in the corner, I didn’t see her do anything wrong but, while she feels the pain today it is not my turn.
The door opens and we are all told to get into the box with wheels. The mud is wet and we scramble into the tiny trailer, Senor Galguero’ did you forget a rug to sit on? For you, Senor, I will sit with the rest – this way we are warmer as we are cramped together. We arrive at the fields and its playtime, we run and chase and are ordered to catch the running hare that crosses the field. The pretty white galga who felt the boot is struggling to win, for she is lame and bleeding.
Senor Galguero, I hear you laughing and cheering, and I don’t understand it? I feel cold today and so very very hungry. We move across the fields for what seems like forever, the white pretty Galga could not keep up, she was left behind to find her way. They didn’t wait for you “pretty white galga”, though I tried, but Senor Galguero hit me with a stick and I am shivering so I must run faster and faster, I am sorry, pretty white galga.
At the end of the longest day I am so hungry, I feel so empty and raw, I am so tired and weak, did I not run fast enough, master, for I tried all I could? We return in the box minus the white galga and thrown into what is our hole with chains and irons. A stick of bread all green and blue is thrown at us, but the biggest and faster ones reach it first. For me, my hunger reigns on.
Senor Galguero, as you laugh with the men – did you forget my share? I did good today for I didn’t get left behind like the pretty white galga, I did good, didn’t I, Senor Galguero? I didn’t catch your lunch, but I ran as fast as my legs would carry me, all for you, my master. The night is colder than ever and the floor outside is covered with crunchy white clouds, it’s all frozen and I’ve not lived long enough to know what that is I am sure my mother would have explained. Where did she go, she never came back? I hear the footsteps yet again and I crouch in fear, yet I hope there is food for my empty stomach.
Today it’s my turn, alone. Senor Galguero grabs my collar pulls me and gives me a beating for I have not been as good a Galgo as I thought. I limp to the cold crunchy white grass and we move along into the woods. I think this is a special day today as we are alone and I hope I can catch his lunch for him today, if my weakness lets me. We reach a hidden bearing of trees and I smell a smell I don’t recognize but there is a familiarity as I see a body there on the tree, what is she doing, Senor Galguero, like that? I am so cold and hungry I don’t know why we are here, it smells not nice.
Senor Galguero puts a wire round my neck and I sit patiently as perhaps we are going for a longer walk, I shiver as I am frozen and I almost can’t feel my body in cold. All of a sudden there is a rope placed on the wire. I don’t understand this.. but the tree is getting closer like the galga on the other tree. I am hoisted into the air, my feet begin to scramble I can’t place my front paws on the ground for the wire is hurting my neck. Senor Galguero what’s wrong why can’t I breathe? I hear him say “play the piano Galgo” and I don’t understand as he walks off saying “there’s more of you”.
I try and try and try but I cannot reach the ground, the pain is intense around my neck now and I cannot breathe, cutting my skin, the blood runs warm down my neck, choking me in my mouth. I was a good Galgo, I tried my best, I just didn’t keep up with the rest. I am scrambling and my back paws are weak for they are what is holding me up. I have been here hours now and I am giving up, Senor Galguero, I think I am giving my life for you.
I close my eyes and yet in the distance I see the most beautiful figure, so sleek and bright there is a white glow around her, she looks in the distance like the other on the tree. Closer and closer she come for me, she came back after all this time, my mother, my beautiful mother has come to me. It’s alright now she tells me, Senor Galguero has gone and we head on now to “Rainbow Bridge” where no more Galgos suffer, we are all happy and run free.
Come and see! I close my eyes as the sun set, I fought all day to stay with my master and it has taken all this time. I’m free now, I feel no pain and my mother says we will look down now and help the good people try to save more galgos who need rescuing. We will be like Guardian Angels from above.
Goodbye Senor Galguero.