About me. Chi sono.
My name is Susanna Hollesch, I’m a citizen of the Republic of Italy, I was born in Florence and I live in Borgo San Lorenzo, in the nearby Florence, since the 1st. January 2000. I work in Florence but in my public life I’m dealing with totally different matters as far as dogs are concerned.
I’ve always loved animals and I had my first dog on 1962, at the age of five. It was a German Sheperd mixt with a “wolf ” (?)and I was very proud of it because it was my body guard.
In my childhood I remember that my favourite film were the Walt Disney Production’s ones – on animal subject – and my favourite book was “Peanuts” by C. M. Schulz .
Naturally all the other film or books on the animals’ subjects were appreciated.
My childhood in Florence was really very exciting because I had a big garden and all the members of my family had their own peculiar preferences so I could know a lot of different breed: Teckel, English Setter, Segugio, Pekinese, Bassotto, Barbone nano, German Sheperd, Scottish Collie, Volpino Italiano and Pinscher, but nobody in my family had a kennel. They were simply animal lovers and owners.
At that time my primary passion were horses. I had a long experience in Florence since 1962 that really left a deep impact on the themes of respect to animals.
The first “sighthound” enter into my life on 1 January 2000. It was a fawn – coated galga. My daughter and I were really fascinated by this dog . She proved to be a perfect family pet for her and a fantastic companion for me.
I found few books speaking about the Galgo espanol and other sighthounds and primitive Mediterranean breed and I tried to get to know more about their history, their origin and traditional utilization in Spain and in other countries in the world.
I decided to meet the Club del Levriero Italy and the other Club – AIALA- Circolo del Piccolo Levriero Italiano – I began to know all the sighthounds going on show and lure-coursing.
It is only when I knew some Spanish persons and breed lovers that my view could enlarge a little on this breed and on other Primitivi – levrieroidi in the Mediterranean basin.
I was fashinated by Podencos, all the different varieties, Andalusian Podenco , Ibicenco, Canario, Pharaoh and similar breed in the world too.
Estela, the gentle golden “star” and Nefertiti participated in expo, breed meetings, lure coursing and racing, showing their fantastic features, complete beauty and performance.
I met different persons, owners (and breeders) of the 10th group that gave me so many chances to know different experience in Italy and in Europe too.
Today I have got two dogs: Estela and Nefertiti, the last one coming directly from Granada, Andalusia on September 2007. They are my best friend for sure.
My dogs are not kennel dog, they live with me in my house and they sleep besides me, they are my gentle and very elegant companions, they are members of my family.
They are lucky because they can go trotting and gallopping in big spaces without dangers and this is one of the most important thing to preserve their nature, their health and their ancient instinct and long coursing abilities.
They are happy dogs and they have a lot of friends too, dogs and humans.
Strolling together with a galgo espanol is a real pleasure, but sometimes its elegance, beauty and poise may make you feel a bit unfit.
Here below a photo of my daughter with the firts sighthound 12 years ago. (Estela – Bandido x Rubia)
I made this blog thinking about my friend galgo and to all the animal lover that can understand the importance to preserve the original characteristic according to the needs of the breed. It is not so easy in our modern society where “appearing” is more important than “to be” or “exist”.
I find in this breed the class, the energy and the gracefulness of all sighthounds.
Unfortunately however their speed and beauty are sometimes their misfortune because of the ignorance or lack of respect of some people.
I leave you discover my different pages about my Galgo Espanol if I will have time to complete this blog. I would like to be able with a little help from my friends too.
I speak Italian, English, French and I understand written German and Spanish.
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