Friday, 21 November 2014

It never rains, but it pours ....

....literally and metaphorically.

We did get some rain this week.  Quite a lot, but the sun is shining today and it's gradually drying out.

It's been a week of problems with the car, and workwise for Mr A.  There has been no work at the boatyard since Tuesday, and we are not certain when it will start again.  Needless to say, Mr A still hasn't been paid, but he's hopeful it will be today.  I'm my usual pessimistic self when it comes to Mr A being we'll see.

He had an appointment at Mugla hospital yesterday at 9.00am.  When he returned to the car, it wouldn't start.  He managed to find a mechanic who said that it needed a new dynamo.  He settled for a secondhand replacement, because a new one was just too expensive.  It took pretty much all day to fix, during which time he called in on his cousin and her husband who live in Mugla.  Every cloud...etc.... His cousin's husband owns a tool shop and gave Mr A a tilecutter and another drill type thingy (I'm not into tools), which will be very useful once our business takes off.

Mr A thought he had a job over in Yalikavak for today, but unfortunately the customer decided to use someone local, which is fair enough.  It's only to be expected that this will happen from time to time.

When Mr A returned home from Mugla last night, he hit a fair amount of rain on his journey and as he was almost here he went through huge puddle and the car stopped.  A friend came out from the village to tow him back.  He is as I type, down in the village drying out the engine with my hairdryer (please let the hairdryer come home without any damage!).  There are always problems with our cars, but we only ever have old ones to it's inevitable.  Oh for a lottery win and a brand new car without problems!

As a result of my last post I received a few more donations.  Thankyou so much everyone for your lovely response.  As a result, we were able to get necessary treatments from our vet.

Also, Melek and Dave had quite a nasty fight this week.  It's really my fault.  I bought bones from the supermarket for my rescues and the village dogs.

The 7 big dogs were given a bone each.  (Monty and Tommy have chewsticks rather than bones as they are small).

This is the first time that Chas, Dave and Melek have had bones.  They were very excited and enjoyed chewing them for a couple of hours.   However, once Dave had finished his he attempted to take Melek's and she wasn't happy.  She attacked him and it took both Mr A and I armed with a broom and the hosepipe to seperate them.  As a result Dave had some puncture wounds on his face and ear, which I treated with antibacterial powder.

Just to make sure, we got an antibiotic injection from the vet, and the wounds are healing up nicely.  If I decide to give them bones in future, I will attach them to the chains I use for them when I feed them.   It was a stupid mistake of mine not to do this first...but I've learned my lesson.  

We also got an injection and course of tablets to treat the brown village dog with bad skin, and this has been started.  We  got Monty's booster vaccinations done, and  Mehmet cut both Monty's and Tommy's nails free of charge.  

We have decided that Mr A will use Mehmet's tranquilliser gun to sedate the dog with the broken leg, but we are awaiting the return of the gun from another customer.  This dog remains elusive.  He didn't appear for feeding last night, but probably will today.  It's still difficult to get him to come close, so the gun will hopefully be the answer.

As soon as we are able to capture him, he will be taken to Mehmet's for any treatment necessary.  At the same time he will be neutered and vaccinated.

It is our dearest wish to make sure that all village dogs are neutered or spayed and vaccinated this winter.  With your help we can make this happen, so your donations really are making a difference and of course more are always needed. (As usual you will find the Paypal button at the top of this page).

Thankyou xxx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014



During the past week or so a few more dogs have arrived in the village.   They have not been made welcome by people here.   I use the word "people" loosely because I am yet again dismayed at the cruelty inflicted on innocent animals by so called human beings.

Three of the dogs were in a bad way.  Mr A has attempted to find out what happened to two of the dogs, and although people know, no-one will disclose who injured them.

This dog has had his leg deliberately broken:
The photo is not clear as this poor dog just runs when anyone approaches 

This dog has been shot:

And this poor dog is simply starving.

The dog whose leg is broken is very scared.  He doesn't always appear when Mr A goes to feed, and even if he does, food has to be placed on the ground and Mr A must retreat before the dog comes near.  He really is in need of medical treatment...if we can catch him.

Recent attempts to get the Belediye vet to take in more dogs in need of care have not worked, nor has the pressure put on the leader of the Belediye (council) produced any results.  In fact you may recall my mentioning in a previous post that the council leader recently visited the village and Mr A pointed out the problem with the dogs, and the leader suggested poisoning them.

He should know better.  He must be aware of the law in this country that is supposed to protect street animals, and that anyone being deliberately cruel or attempting to kill the dogs is likely to be prosecuted.

Mr A has written about these dogs on our village Facebook page and made it clear that according to the law, anyone discovered being cruel to the street animals will be reported, and that we will not stop until we find out who injured the two dogs above.

We have no choice but to try and get our vet to help us.  Mr A is still trying to gain the confidence of the dog with the broken leg when he appears so that he can catch him and take him to the clinic and Mehmet has agreed do whatever necessary to make sure this dog has no more pain.

The little thin dog seems to have perked up in the last couple of days.  He has  been wormed and  is eating well now.  He has a problem with his skin and we think it could be mange.  I am collecting injections and medication from the vet tomorrow.

Mr A also wormed the dog who was shot.  He has examined the wound which appears to have healed well.  He is eating and gradually appearing healthier.  We will watch him closely and if necessary get Mehmet to check him over.

Most of our donation money has now been used to stock up with food for the winter feeding programme.  We made use of special offers on food at various supermarkets recently, to buy as many sacks of food as cheaply as possible.

If we are going to attempt to get these dogs the treatment they so desperately require, we need more money.   Please help if you can.  You will find the Paypal button at the top of this page.


Mr A continues to work at the boatyard, although this really depends on the weather.  Because of rain, and the resultant muddy conditions, he has only managed 8 days work out of a possible 17 ...but it is better than nothing.

Of course he hasn't been paid yet.  His friend Bulent has the contract and agreed to pay Mr A 70 lira a day.   Bulent hasn't yet been paid by his customer so he is waiting and Mr A is waiting...this is par for the course.   He has also just told me that he has no work there for a few days from tomorrow.   We are more than used to all this unpredictability!

 There are other possible jobs in the pipeline, but nothing definite as yet.

Finally, yesterday I met up with my friend Elizabeth in Bodrum.  She and two friends travelled from Didim and we had a lovely few hours together.  A very good lunch and a stroll along the harbour on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.  Elizabeth, a natural dog magnet, (she has adopted several dogs from Turkey who now live with her in Scotland), saved scraps from lunch and fed a couple of dogs on our stroll.

I must say, the street dogs in Bodrum all seem very healthy and happy...quite a difference from our local dogs.

Elizabeth and me
Thankyou Elizabeth for the dog chews and collars for my dogs, and for the generous donation from you and Robert.

And thankyou everyone who has donated since last winter.  Without your help, none of this would be possible.

It's a beautiful morning here, just perfect for sitting on my balcony while I write this post.   We are having some lovely sunny days at the moment, but it's cold at night so the electric blanket is now in use.

That's all my news for now.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014


From time to time I get emails from people who have started up websites to help expats.

They tell me that they enjoy my blog and could I answer some questions which will be of help to others thinking of moving abroad, and to tell of my experiences, including photographs if possible.

I have responded to one or two in the past.  I was rewarded with their little logos to stick on my sidebar.  I was even awarded a Bronze medal once for an article.

There were competitions on one such website to write about some aspect of living as an expat.  I entered one, and discovered that these weren't necessarily judged on merit, but one had to get others to vote on Facebook.  The number of votes cast would go a long way to determine the winner.

I'm not sure these people actually read my blog.  I believe they just search for expat blogs and send out their standard email, then gather the results which then provides content for their websites.

There's nothing wrong with all this of course.  These websites probably do help a lot of people, but they are not for me.   I have politely declined the latest request.  I don't feel that I have anything to offer expats.  I don't live as an expat.  My life is simple and mostly consists of rescuing and feeding street dogs.   So any interview given by me would probably not be of much interest to those about to emigrate who want to know about all the practicalities of health insurance, buying or renting property, etc.

I do have a few expat friends, but these friendships are really based on what we have in common, rather than because we are all expats.

These interviews also make me a little uncomfortable.  I feel they are intrusive, particularly in terms of the kinds of personal questions asked, and the request for photos.

Like most of my blogging friends, I don't use my real name for blogging.  (Although many of you do know my name through our friendships on Facebook, or by email, and some of you I have been fortuate enough to meet in person).

It's this little bit of anonymity that allows us to share aspects of our life on our blogs that perhaps we wouldn't if we were writing under our real names.

So I have removed the little expat website logos from my blog.  It may mean that I don't have such a wide circulation of my blog link, but I'm happy with that, and with those who already follow me.

Have you received these requests for interviews?  I'm sure some of you have very different opinions to mine, so I would be interested to hear them.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

This week's update

I mentioned in my last post that Mr A had been unwell recently.  He had made several trips to the hospital while I was in England and was due an ultrasound yesterday.

I'm afraid we are both dreadful at getting things checked out when we should, and just put it off until it becomes painful or a nuisance.  I have also been suffering from pains in my chest and heartburn on and off for months, but in recent weeks the condition has been constant.

We decided that yesterday would be a good time to check me out at the hospital too.

We spent almost all day there.  Mr A's ultrasound showed that he has two very large cysts on his liver.  These will be monitored for any change, and may mean surgery.  He has to go back in one month.  He also has an enlarged prostate, which will also be checked again.  He has to start a low cholesterol diet...which will be hard for this man who loves his food...but it's important to keep him healthy,

I saw a doctor about my problem, and he also examined my stomach.  At one point he pressed an area which was so painful that I nearly shot through the roof. I was sent for blood and urine tests and an ultrasound.  The result was a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection.  I then saw a urologist and prescribed lots of medication (as usual Turkish doctors over-medicate).  I did have back and stomach pain after I arrived back from England, but had put it down to lifting my luggage...seems this wasn't the case.

As for the heartburn, the ultrasound showed a gastric/oesphagus problem and I am booked for an endoscopy next Friday.  The results will arrive 15 days after that, at around the time Mr A has another visit to the hospital, so we will go together again.  

I love it that we are doing things together for a change...but wish it was something a little more pleasant than hospital visits!

Whilst waiting for test results, we took the opportunity to feed some cats in the hospital grounds.   We always carry food in the boot of the car.

This week Mr A started work at a boatyard in Gulluk, renovating boats.  He is working with his builder friend Bulent.  It's Bulent's contract so he is paying Mr A a daily rate.  Not a huge amount, but Bulent provides transport and food.  Obviously Mr A would like to start getting his own building work, but this job is very useful in the meantime.  

And as usual Mr A the dog magnet, made friends with a local dog.

We continue to feed the village dogs.....this is one dog who is not as scared as some of the others, and allowed Mr A to take a photo.

As we are trying to make sure that we have enough food to feed dogs through the winter, we are not feeding the industrial estate dogs every day.  They are being fed scraps by workers on the estate, and we are dropping off sacks of food to supplement this, as and when finances permit.

We also gave a small bag of dog food to one of the local shepherds this week for his dog.  This man looks after his dog as best he can, but I felt he needed fattening up a bit, so I'll keep a eye on him.  

Our neighbour, Dursune is feeding half a dozen cats with scraps.  I've also given her some food too, and will help whenever I can.

So that's all my news for now.  Have a good weekend everyone.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Home again

It took me 16 hours to get home, with a flight on Sunday night from Heathrow to Istanbul, then the domestic transfer to Bodrum on Monday morning.

Travelling Business class (thanks to a free ticket with my airmiles) made it a lot more bearable than usual.  Turkish Airlines use the Lufthansa lounge at Heathrow which is very pleasant and provides the usual array of food and drinks.  I had a 5 hour stopover in Istanbul, having arrived at 4.15am.   Even though the THY website states that the lounge is open at Ataturk airport at 4.00am, it doesn't actually open until 5.00am.

This time I used the lounge in Domestic departures.   As usual security in Turkish airports is more than thorough.   I asked where the lounge was and was told to go through the security x-ray machines to domestic departures, which I did.   However, it wasn't there, but back where I had come from, so after much discussion one of the security men let me back through.

I went down in a lift and through another x-ray check to get into the Lounge.  It was very comfortable and well equipped with free wifi and beverages.  However, getting out of the lounge and back to Domestic departures wasn't so easy.  There seemed to be no way to achieve this, and I asked several times, and was eventually directed outside the building.   I then had to walk several hundred yards to the entrance to the Domestic building, where I went through another xray check.   Then to departures....and yet another x-ray check.   (Note to self: if flying business class again in the future DO NOT use the Domestic business class lounge).

I finally arrived at Bodrum airport around midday, where Mr A was waiting...and home to a very enthusiastic welcome from all my dogs.  I was quite tired by this time but unable to relax so spent the day putting washing through the machine and generally tidying up.  I had the start of a cold, a parting gift from Jimi, and was finally in bed and asleep by 8.00pm.   When I got up at 6.00am on Tuesday the cold was much worse so most of the day was spent in bed.  I am feeling loads better now though.

Mr A has been unwell during my time away and has had several trips to the hospital.  He has to have an ultrasound on Friday, and then possibly further treatment, so as yet we don't know what the problem is.

He did, however, manage to complete the shelter for the pups kennels, and he has been to feed the village dogs and those at the industrial estate every day.  There are around 12 or 13 dogs in the village and approximately 25 at the industrial estate.

As you can imagine, we are getting through a considerable amount of food, and as usual I am very grateful to all of you who have donated.  This feeding programme is ongoing so if we are to continue to help these dogs survive, particularly during the winter months,  more donations are needed.  Any amount, no matter how small, is very welcome.  It all helps.  (You will find the Paypal button at the top of this page).

Thankyou to all of you who follow my blog and your words of encouragement, which are very much appreciated.

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Home and Away

This is Day 13 of my trip to England and it has passed very quickly.  I have spent a lot of time with Stella, Billy and Jimi and it's been very enjoyable...and tiring.


At the park


Tomorrow the boys are having a Halloween party with a few of their friends, so Stella and I are shopping for goodies today, and tomorrow morning we'll be decorating the sitting room with suitably ghoulish decorations.

Meanwhile at home, Mr A has been poorly while I've been away and feeling a bit sorry for himself.  There has also been a fair bit of rain.  In spite of this he has managed to complete the shelter to cover the kennels for Chas, Dave and Melek.

Chas, Dave, Melek and Monty

Tommy relaxing

Mr A continues to feed the village dogs every day.  There are now 13 in total.

The Milas Belediye manager visited the village last week and Mr A approached him again about the plight of the dogs, saying that those that needed treatment and neutering should be collected by the Belediye vet and taken to the shelter.   The manager suggested that they be poisoned!!   Mr A had to be restrained by men in the teahouse to stop him hitting the manager, but strong words were spoken.  How on earth do we stand a chance of getting the Belediye vet to do the job he is paid to do if his manager has this attitude!

Mr A is also feeding the industrial estate dogs every two days, because one of the men who promised to feed them is not doing so.   He is leaving sacks of food with another man at the far end of the estate who is feeding 4 or 5 dogs, but there are now around 25 dogs on the estate.

Thanks again to all those who have kindly donated, but we always need more if we are to continue long term.  Every little helps.  Thankyou.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

My personal pedicurist

Four years ago I wrote THIS POST about the state of my feet.   Ever since then I have been doing what I can to improve their condition.  They do get a bit better from time to time, but I'm afraid I get distracted and don't always remember to spend time taking care of them.

I get embarrassed about my feet and don't like anyone seeing them.  There is one exception though.... Mr A.  I think it's normal when two people have been together for a long time,  to have no inhibitions.

He, like many Turks, seem to suffer with foot problems.  There are no chiropodists here, and those with time and money to spare will get a pedicure at a hair and beauty salon.   I'm pretty certain most of these "pedicurists" don't have any training, but they do seem to do a reasonable job.

I've yet to reach the point where I am happy enough with my feet to let anyone else touch them.  Mr A has similar problems with his feet from time to time, but I did notice when he finished the job in Gumbet that they were in much better condition.  He tells me he spent time watching the pedicurists in the beauty salon where he worked early in the season, and having learned how they work, started to treat his own feet...with good results.

So last week I let him loose on my feet.  He spent two hours on them, soaking them, exfoliating them, massaging...more soaking, more exfoliation, more massage, then finally liberal amounts of aloe vera cream. He also filed down the nails, which are always quite brittle, and they look much better.

Before I went to bed I covered them in something called Fito Krem, which I got from the chemist.  It's very much like vaseline but also contains an antiseptic.  As it's quite greasy it's best to wear clean cotton socks.

The result was a vast improvement, and Mr A insists that he will continue to be my personal pedicurist from now on.  Unfortunately there wasn't time to repeat the treatment before I came to England on Saturday.

I bought some cheap canvas shoes on Sunday which were very comfortable...until I started walking in them.  Now I have some nasty blisters and the shoes have been cast aside.

I can't wait to let Mr A loose on my feet again...they are certainly going to need it by the time I return home!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Class differences

I'm not talking about the difference in class between people here.  In fact class is something I rarely refer to, except perhaps to argue the point that we were all born equal, and "class" depends on money and circumstances.  Basically we are all human beings, good and bad, rich and poor, etc.

I am referring to class in terms of air travel.  As I write this I am in fact sitting in a comfortable armchair in the  Turkish Airlines business class lounge in Ataturk airport, Istanbul, awaiting my connecting flight to London.

I'd rather the word class wasn't used for the different levels of service and price in airline travel.  It somehow gives the impression that some people are better than others.   I would prefer the labels "basic/no frills" ticket, Economy ticket, and perhaps "luxury ticket" instead of Business class.

Having said all that I am so far enjoying the luxury of a Business "ticket" thanks to my saved airmiles and a promotion, and for once finding dates that suit me.

I only ever travelled this way once before, with Turkish Airlines, years ago when my father was dying, and the only ticket available to get me home quickly was in Business, so I had no choice.  It was certainly a very nice way to travel, but the reason for flying to the UK really didn't enable me to enjoy the experience.

I'm going to log the differences in service in this post, for my own reference really.  Many years ago I would always keep a daily diary of my travels, and it's good to look back years later.

In Economy on the domestic flight from Bodrum to Istanbul, which takes around one hour, passengers are given a small picnic box containing a sandwich and cake.

In Business this morning, before take-off I was served with a choice of juices.  I opted for fresh strawberry.   Breakfast was served on proper plates and dishes, with metal cutlery as opposed to that served in Economy.  There was cheese, olives, tomatoes.   Fresh fruit...melon, oranges, kiwi, grapes.   A cheese and pepper omelette, served with mushrooms.   Fresh bread rolls, and little pots of jam.   And a large cup of delicious coffee.

I was first off the plane in Istanbul, and discovered that there is a separate Passport Control for Business queues.

Now I'm in the Lounge.  It's very peaceful, has excellent free wifi, and lots of food and drinks to choose from, also free.

You can read about it HERE.    I'm on my second cup of delicious filter coffee, but after the substantial breakfast on the flight from Bodrum, I can't eat another thing....although the quality of food on offer is very tempting!

.........................I'm going to stop here to go and catch my flight to London, and will continue my experiences later......................................................................

SUNDAY MORNING...continued.

The flight from Istanbul to Heathrow was very enjoyable.  We set off an hour late, mainly because of security checks.  Even when we were ready to take off several security men entered the cabin and did a check of everyone's hand luggage.  I personally don't mind delays of this kind.  I have always felt safer in Turkish airports because they are pretty hot on security, and it reassures me.

Before take off Business section passengers are served drinks.   Our seats are comfortable, with lots of leg room, and on some aircraft can extend into beds.  On this flight that wasn't the case, but the seat did recline sufficiently, and there were also extendable leg and foot rests.   Individual screens were concealed in the large space between seats for each passenger to use for watching videos, games, etc.

In Economy, food is served in those small sectioned trays...all in one go, and drinks at the same time.  I've always been impressed with Turkish airlines food, but the meal in Business was so much more impressive.

A menu was brought to us and a drinks list.   The drinks on offer are pretty much the same as for Economy, with the addition of champagne...which I decided to have.  (I don't often get the opportunity to drink champagne, so this was a real treat).

The menu consisted of 5 courses.  Again everything served on real plates with metal cutlery.  The starter was a selection of mezes, followed by stuffed aubergine.  A choice of three main courses.  A mango dessert, a selection of cheeses, and coffee.  And it was waiter service for each course.

All in all a very pleasant experience from start to finish.

It is certainly worth doing your sums when you book flights.  It's all too easy to opt for the "cheap" deals, but always take the hidden extras into consideration.  I have often found that once you add all these things up, it can work out as much, if not more, expensive than a scheduled flight, where baggage allowance, and food/drinks on the flight are included in the price of the ticket.

I have also discovered that occasionally, if you book well in advance online, there are special promotions with Turkish Airlines.  For example, I have made a reservation for next April to visit my grandsons for their birthdays, and noticed that for just a bit extra I could fly in comfort and luxury again, because there is a promotion running at that time for Business class.  It's a non-refundable/non-changeable ticket of course, but if, like me, you are sure of your dates, it's worth paying a little extra.

One of the flights necessitates a 9 hour stopover in Istanbul airport, which I would absolutely hate if I was travelling Economy, but with Business you can spend a very relaxing day in the Lounge.  Alternatively you can take advantage of Turkish Airlines guided tour of Istanbul.   This is also free, and includes entry to museums and historic places, lunch, and transport from and return to the airport for your flight.

Read more about Tour Istanbul HERE.

And finally I've managed some sleep after being awake for 20 hours.  I spent a few hours with my daughter and grandsons last night, and can't wait to see them again today.  A busy couple of weeks ahead.

Friday, 17 October 2014


It's been a very busy week and I am finally about to sort out clothes and pack my suitcase for my trip to England tomorrow.  My flight leaves at 6.00am so I will be up very early.

My internet connection is playing up again, but I haven't the time or the patience to tackle TTNet today, so will sort it out when I return.

I am also having problems commenting on blogs again, so please don't think I am ignoring your blogs.  Again I don't have time to attempt to find a solution.

Mr A has a lot of work to do in the garden while I'm away, and is at the moment in the middle of building a more substantial shelter for the three pups' kennels, and then he will lay cement underneath to level it up and also cover the entire area at the side of the house with cement, where they go to toilet, enabling us to hose it down every day.

Sacks of dogfood have been delivered to the industrial estate for the men who have agreed to feed the dogs there.  Mr A will check on them in a week's time.  They have his phone number and will let him know if they need more sacks of food.  He will continue to feed the village dogs well as looking after our nine dogs.  He's going to be very busy!

I will as usual be taking my laptop with me, but I doubt I will have much time to log on.  My daughter and grandsons will no doubt keep me occupied and I'm very much looking forward to it.

See you all in two weeks time.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Winter feeding programme underway

This morning we went up to the industrial estate on the main road to check on the numbers of dogs currently living there.

During the summer months we had an arrangement with the cafe owner.  He continued to feed most of the dogs leftovers, and we dropped off sacks of food from time to time to supplement this.  Mr A kept in touch with him by phone to make sure all the dogs were OK.

You will of course remember the pups we rescued back in February when they were 4 weeks old.   One was adopted by the cafe owner and taken to his village, and three were adopted by people in our village.  The remaining three pups we brought home to add to our brood.  We named them Chas, Dave and Melek, bringing the total of rescues we have at home to nine.   The pups are now nearly 9 months old, and continue to grow at a rapid rate.  All our dogs have been vaccinated and have pet passports, and have also been neutered.

Sadly within the past week, the pup belonging to the cafe owner died.  He has no idea why, as he was quite healthy, but we suspect he may have been poisoned.  Unfortunately this  happens in many areas in Turkey, and it's difficult to prevent if someone is determined enough.  

The three pups adopted in the village continue to thrive.  We are also continuing to feed other dogs in the village.  We often have to search for them because they are invariably chased away from the centre of the village.  If we don't see them one day, we leave food in areas where we know they will find it.

So, there were a total of 23 dogs at the industrial estate this morning.  Most of them we recognise from last winter, but there are a few new ones.   We fed all of them.  Most were not desperately hungry, but a few were.

We had intended to have the mum of our pups spayed earlier this year, after we had taken the pups, and an appointment was arranged with the vet to carry this out.  On the day we went to collect her, she had disappeared.  Not wanting to waste the appointment, we picked up two more females and took them to be spayed instead.

We continued each day to search for the mum, but she remained elusive.   Although the cafe owner informed us that she was still around.  We learned today that she recently had another litter of pups, but the good news is that the Belediye vet was informed, and she and her babies were collected from the estate and taken to the shelter in Milas.

At the other end of the estate, we found a man who is feeding a large kangal type dog and three others.  He brings scraps from home, but it's not enough because these dogs need fattening up a bit.  So we are going to start taking sacks of food on a regular basis for him to continue.

This exercise was always going to be about getting people to take some responsibility for these dogs.  It's too easy for us to go every day and feed them, but far better when others show that they want to help them survive.

So the winter programme will be for us to feed all the village dogs every day.  No-one in our village will take responsibility for this.  We will then go up to the industrial estate once a week to check on the dogs there, administer flea and worm treatments, and to take sacks of food for those kind men who have agreed to help.  In time we hope to be able to get more of these dogs neutered, hopefully by the Belediye vet.  If not, we will arrange for our vet to carry out the operations, finances permitting.

A huge thankyou once again to all of you who have donated this year to enable us to continue this work.  It is so very much appreciated, and without your kindness it would be impossible to go on helping these animals.  

If you would like to donate, you will find a Paypal button at the top of this page.  Thankyou everyone for your continued support.