They say that there’s a bond that exists between a mother and her children that simply cannot be broken. No matter what happens to the mother, she will always put her children first.
But that applies only to human beings, right? Well, it might seem that way, but in fact, all throughout nature mothers will prioritize the care of their children over themselves.
That’s what we’re going to see here – the story of an abandoned, starving, greyhound and the search for her missing puppies. You simply won’t be able to believe your eyes when you see it unfold. So let’s take a look together.
Lianne Powell was taking a day out in her hometown of Vera, Spain. She was walking through the town’s marketplace when she came across something totally unexpected. She caught sight of a stray dog – a greyhound – and it was clear to her from the start that something was not right with the animal.
The greyhound was intensely malnourished, possibly to the point of starvation. All the animals bones were clearly visible through the skin, such as its spine and its hips. The unfortunate animal was also limping on one of its legs and looked to be in some degree of distress. Lianne knew immediately what she had to do.
Lianne did what any decent animal lover would do. She phoned her friend, Ellen Sobry, the local vet, and arranged to deliver the dog to her for treatment. Sadly, after an X-ray, they learned that the dog’s leg was broken and of more concern still, she was also producing milk. But where were the babies?
Ellen the vet quickly came to the conclusion that the greyhound had recently given birth and that she had left a litter somewhere. She also realized that this litter would be far too young to fend for itself and it was a matter of priority that they find the puppies. But how?
Give A Dog A Name
The two friends Nicole and Ellen christened the dog “Vera” after the town she had been found in. Then they worked to ensure that Vera’s leg was made stable as quickly as possible. Even though the leg was still broken, they took the dog back to the market where Nicole had discovered her. You won’t believe what happened next.
She might have been injured, but Vera wasn’t going to forget her puppies easily. She immediately began to pull on her leash and to lead the two women away from the market. Vera had a pronounced limp and it was slow going, but soon one thing became very clear to both women.
Vera Knew Something
Lianne spoke about this moment in January 2017, “She had a broken leg, was bleeding from the back end and I saw she had milk, so I thought, ‘Well where are the puppies?’ We put a collar and long lead on her and took her back to the market. Then we just followed her for about (1.8 miles) – she knew where she was going.”
A Long Walk
Vera limped along for nearly two miles with both women following her. Then they stumbled across an old abandoned car. It had been vandalized many times and there were no windows in the rear of the vehicle. They’d been covered over with cardboard. This made the back seat a perfect hiding place.
Leanne says of that jaw-dropping moment, “There in the back were ten beautiful, fat little healthy puppies. Needless to say, there were tears all round. In the state she was in, the fact she managed to fend for herself and care for ten pups is nothing short of astonishing.”
Soon, Vera and her pups were wrapped up warm and transported back to Ellen’s surgery for further care. Once they had been nursed back to health and there were no concerns for their immediate wellbeing, there was one more surprise in store for the canine family. It was a good surprise.
Vera and her family were rescued by the Ibizan Hound Rescue. They are an organization dedicated to taking care of abandoned dogs like Vera and rehoming them.
Greyhounds are regularly abandoned throughout the world and more than 50,000 are dumped on the streets of Spain each year by owners who no longer want them because they are too old to race.
Vera and her six girls and four boys are doing well in care now. Let’s hope that other dogs are as lucky in the future. If you’ve enjoyed this article please help raise awareness of the plight of greyhounds by sharing it with your friends and family on social media.