This project is made possible by proud pod parents who want to make a difference.
As pod lovers, we all know about the plight of podencos in Spain. Several tens of thousands of Podencos are abandoned or killed each year in Spain after the hunting season ends in February, and together with the galgos the number is estimated to be between 60,000 - 80,000.
However, there is a special group of people who work super hard to make sure that these dogs get the life they deserve, both in Spain and the rest of the world. Podencos are adopted out into Europe, UK and even the US and Canada!
This project is not an adoption project, but it does aim to spread the word about this wonderful breed in the UK! And we need you to shout the message from the rooftops.
About the project:
At the beginning of 2023, I asked if you had a podenco in your life and if you wanted to share their story. You all responded enthusiastically.
Yes to sharing their stories, and yes to showing your dogs off to the world. We all want to show the world that podencos make wonderful pets. Together, we can raise awareness so that more of these amazing dogs can be adopted out to their forever homes.
The aim of the project is to raise money for podenco rescues and raise awareness for this wonderful breed in Scotland.
In 2023, we worked on a special book project called 'Podencos in Scotland'. For this book we organised multiple photoshoots throughout the year, we looked for several podenco models with a story to tell.
Well, I am glad to tell you that we found 40 gorgeous hounds with incredible stories. Read all about them in the book 'Podencos In Scotland'.
Presented by An Di Prima,
award-winning dog photographer and proud pod mum.
My name is An Di Prima, Andi for my friends, and my pod story started in 2008 when I adopted my first dog Aika. An absolutely gorgeous podenco mix from Valencia. In 2014, Bae, a galgo - podenco mix from Sevilla joined us (he's the one next to me in the picture).
My love for my dogs inspired me to start my own dog photography business, and after I lost Aika in 2020, Bae & I welcomed podenco Phara into our midst. Bae and Phara are often featured in my award-winning images, and they have inspired this new Podenco project!
What we have done so far
Throughout 2023, pod parents from all over Scotland have signed up their podenco to be part of this project. Together, we are stronger!
Over 40 wonderful podencos have been photographed in various locations throughout Scotland. Our last photoshoot took place in August, and then we moved onto the editing process.
Creation of the book
All interviews and images were transformed into a wonderful photobook. All photographed dogs now have their story and image on a full page spread in the official Podencos In Scotland photobook.
Who is the book for?
This book is for anyone who loves podencos.
It is for the animal lover, the dog enthusiast. It is for people who've never heard of podencos before. And for the ones who are maybe looking for more information about them. Who knows, the book can even be for prospective adopters who want to know what to expect!
When will the book be out?
The book is out now! It is available through Amazon and through this website.
We are working very hard in the background to make the book available everywhere else, too.
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Where will I be able to buy the book?
The book is available for purchase through this website. We will also aim to make the book available through online retailers, and hopefully, on actual bookshelves in shops.
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Our hopes for the book
We hope that with this book, we will be able to raise awareness for podencos in Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. By showcasing these stunning dogs, and telling their stories, we hope that more people will realise how incredibly rewarding it is to have a podenco in their lives, and that these great hounds make fantastic pets.
Podencos come in lots of different shapes and sizes, and they all have personalities to match! Let's celebrate the podenco in all its glory.
All profit from the book sales gets donated to the 4 incredible rescue organisations we've partnered up with. Every month, we process all the sales data, and divide the profit between the charities. This will be an ongoing way to raise money for a good cause.
Would you like to help with this project, but don't have a podenco of your own? You can order a copy of the book, or spread the word by sharing this project with your friends and family. You might not have a podenco, but maybe you know someone who has.
Order the book here
If you have been waiting with bated breath for the book, your patience is rewarded! You can now order the book! Click below to place your order.
Lets create a movement, and spread the word about the wonderful breed that is the Podenco! Lets shout it from the rooftops, how wonderful these dogs are.
Order the book here
AWARD-WINNING DOG PHOTOGRAPHY