The Gidget Merhi Story:
Saturday 19 September 2015, my family adopted a little puppy girl who has a rather interesting back story. I won’t say my dog is an internet celebrity, but more people know about her then all my family members combined.
She was born sometime in April or so, she was found wandering in town in Huércal-Overa, Spain by a very nice woman named Jenny in early July. The temperature was 40 °C (~ 104 °F) and the little puppy was desperately following anyone with hopes she’d be rescued. Jenny contacted Diane of the Ibizan Hound Rescue who agreed to take the pup in. A very nice lady named Mandy was her foster mom till a forever home could be found. Merhi, she was named, after Formula 1 racer Roberto Merhi.
The pup has been quite a character since day one, but on July 14th she wasn’t eating and not acting right. A trip to the vet confirmed a bad diagnosis. Merhi had Parvo, a very contagious life threatening virus that can take a young pups life quickly if not treated. Luckily young Merhi was quickly diagnosed and treated via IV antibiotics. A few day later she was back home, and a few weeks later she was fully healed and cleared to go back to hang out with the other dogs.
Meanwhile, on our home front we lost our last ex-racing greyhound, Friendly Rapport, to osteosarcoma on July 7th. We were houndless for the first time in over a decade and after a month without the pitter patter of little paws we decided to adopt again. Our friends volunteer with The Sighthound Underground (SHUG), a rescue group that specializes in sighthound related breeds that helps to relocate dogs to the US and Canada from all over the world, and they were our first contact when we started the adoption process early in August.
We had always wanted a galgo (Spanish Greyhound) and had been following a few rescue groups in Spain with hopes to one day adopt from overseas. We quickly became smitten with Merhi, as many other of her admirers did. We thought it was fate that she was found in early July, and we lost Friendly around the same time. On August 11th we were able to reserve Merhi to come to the USA, but we knew there would be a wait for the transport (approximately 1-2 months).
We loved keeping up with Merhi through Mandy’s Facebook posts and messages. Being in Spain they were 6 hours ahead of us, so each morning began with checking Facebook to see what our little girl was up to. Like cyber dating, we grew to know and love this sweet girl without meeting her in person.
At one point, Mandy thought about changing her name to “Fruit Bat” due to her serious love of melon, especially watermelon, and her crazy big bat ears. Mandy would often find her trying to eat the fruit off the trees in the garden, only too bad for Merhi that she was too short to reach most of the time. Merhi is very food motivated, so if fruit wasn’t on the menu carrots would do as a snack, or she was a big helper to clean the insides of containers making sure every last bit was eaten. Now and again she would get a chewing stick treat and she would gladly sneak around to steal her uncles’ treats while they weren’t watching.
Mandy fosters many dogs and has furbabies of her own, so Merhi got to play lots of fun galgo games like tag, track and field, and wrestling. Merhi loved playing with stuffed plush toys as well as killing said stuffies by de-stuffing them. At night she liked to curl up with Mandy, watch TV, and get belly rubs.
Mandy kept little Merhi along with two galgos, Nelson and Myron, that became known as her uncles. They closely watched over her night and day. Uncle Nelson is the playful, fun loving uncle who was still very much a puppy himself. Merhi and Nelson would play together for hours on end. We often saw pictures of them wrestling with Merhi having her Uncle Nelson in a headlock. Uncle Myron is the calm, laid back uncle. Merhi would go to her Uncle Myron when it was time to settle down and snuggle to sleep. They were so kind, gentle, and patient with our little girl.
When Merhi was found they thought she was a galgo puppy, but after a few weeks it was obvious that she is a galgo mix. She has a galgo face, but she has half-length legs and a long body. The jury is out on how she will turn out, but she’ll be cute no matter how big or small. We’ve heard some interesting thoughts on her mix – galgo dauschund, galgo podengo, and galgo corgi. At 5 months old, she was 17 pounds, 10″ high, and 16″ long. We’ll just have to wait and see.
To fly on a commercial airliner, a dog must be at least 4 months old, have all their immunizations including the rabies shot, and have a clean bill of health signed by the veterinarian. Merhi came with a passport which included her picture and all of her medical records. Merhi flew to the USA on September 11, 2015, through JFK International Airport in New York City. SHUG transported five dogs from Spain on this trip, including Merhi.
It’s devastating to hear the stories of the galgos, but we are very thankful that there are very special, generous, big hearted people like Jenny, Mandy, Diane, Michael & Marianne (from SHUG) that help the pups the opportunity to have a second chance and better life all around the globe. We can’t thank these people enough for helping our little girl get home.
Home sweet home. And now the adventure begins… May we introduce Gidget Mehri. Why not keep the name Merhi? Well we have a family member who’s name is too close to that, but to honor her past we kept it as a middle name. O.K. the why Gidget? Well besides the family thought it was a cool name, her name lends it self from the TV character Gidget, the Little Girl with Big Ideas. The name of the TV character Gidget is a portmanteau of “girl” and “midget”. Our smashup of her name is for “Galgo” and “Midget”. The vet told us that Gidget Merhi would not get much bigger then her current size. That is fine by us, especially since she not only likes to be a lap dog but also likes to stretch across your neck too. Such a silly girl. Expect to see some new stories about this little girl as she explores our big world. She is such a kook, if anything her antics should put a smile on your face. Enjoy!
Gidget Merhi is getting a brother.
The cookingyo.com family is pleased to announce that Gidget Merhi is getting a playmate. He is a 1 year old Podenco Andaluz named Argos. He joined the family on January 16, 2016. Argos will be getting his own page on Cookingyo.com so everyone can watch him and Gidget Merhi as they enjoy the “Sweet Life” together.