Llesca the Pariah dog

09 Nov

Llesca, Pariah dog found in Spain We recently found a dog. It was October 2nd and we were driving along the coastal road when we saw some cars stopped in the middle of the way, honking their horns.

There was a dog holding up the traffic because is was running in between the cars creating havoc on the road. People were getting impatient and trying to get on with their journey. The dog looked lost and was in real danger of getting run over.

We decided to lend a hand and stopped the car by the side for the road.

I got out,  signaled, whistled, clapped. The dog wagged its tail but kept a fair distance, all the while threatening to run off. It looked really frightened. I crouched and called again. Lowering myself broke the ice and convinced the dog to come over. I could now see it was a female, and she was acting very sweet and submissive. She immediately lay down on her back and acted defeated.

The first thing we noticed is that she was very dirty, full of black machine grease. The second thing was that she was wearing a metal chain collar that was so tight around her throat, you couldn’t even get your finger between it and the dog’s neck.

We decided to take it home and at least get the collar off.

After a wash and a trip to the vet the next day we went about the business of trying to locate her owner, or someone interested in adopting the poor thing.

It is now over a month later, no one has claimed the dog and we have decided to keep her.

We named her Llesca (pronounced Yeska) which means a slice of bread in Catalan. She has turned out to be the sweetest most loving dog. Playful agile and energetic, she gets along with our pet ferret and with all other dogs and people. After speaking to the veterinarian, we have decided she is about ten months old. The puppy inside of her started to come out after a few days with us. She has gained confidence and has started to get into the usual puppy mischief such as chewing on everything in sight and digging holes in the lawn.

I have recently done a bit of research and found that Llesca fits the Long Term Pariah Morphotype (LTPM). This means that she has the traits of a very ancient type of dog which evolved directly from wolves. Here is a link to an article about the subject if you are interested in further reading.

I took this picture of Llesca even before we gave her a bath. You will notice some black grease marks on her chest.


Posted by on November 9, 2011 in Uncategorized


5 responses to “Llesca the Pariah dog

  1. Irene Bloom

    November 10, 2011 at 04:05

    I guess she was meant to be yours! The big ears are a bit baffling…pariah or not it’s the personality that counts. Now you have double trouble with the “not a rodent” critter and Llesca…cute name. B’sha ah tova and enjoy!

  2. irarelypost

    November 10, 2011 at 18:28

    Thanks!!! My first comment!
    The ears I think look bigger in the photo but they are kind of big.
    Yes it is a personality that counts, but Pariahs do have a type of personality, just like Dobermans can be agressive.

  3. Gemma

    November 10, 2011 at 20:16

    The days pass very fast… tomorrow 20 days walking with her arround the neighborhood. She loves sitting in the drivers seat of the car, and when I tell her NOOOO…. she moves to the passenger’s front seat =)
    She still has to learn a lot of things but with Dani’s patience we’ll be successuful!!

  4. Colin

    November 10, 2011 at 20:24

    Hi Dani, You found a good and grateful friend. Enjoy.

  5. Jean-Claude

    February 15, 2013 at 01:09

    From the Pariah dog to the Camino dog, LLesca certainly became the mascot of the whole crew of Pilgrims that walked the Camino Frances in the fall 2012. Llesca and her owners will forever be linked to us. I never new the full story of her origins and it just proves once again the Dani’s and Gemma’s incomensurable generosity and humanity! Ultreïa


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