Saturday, 20 December 2014

Back to Bob

I have to admit to letting Mr A do the regular checks on Bob.  You probably all know what I'm like by now.  I just cannot remain detached and if I have too much contact I get  too close to these dogs.  I know that we cannot take him into our family once he is better, because the other big dogs won't accept him.  So I'm a bit of a coward.  As long as he is getting treatment I am happy.

He.....yes he is a "HE".  It seems that either Mr A can't tell the difference between girls and boys, or perhaps Bob isn't very well endowed.   But to be fair, he has concentrated more on Bob's leg than examining him elsewhere!

Bob has now been in Mehmet's care since 22nd November.  He has been treated with intravenous antibiotics and regular changes of dressings and it has been working, slowly but surely.  (Sorry I don't have any up to date photos...Mr A's phone battery was dead when he visited the clinic yesterday but Mehmet will send me some photos in the next couple of days to show progress).

The operation will take place some time in the next few days, and he will also be neutered at the same time.

We have been trying to find somewhere safe for him to go when he leaves the clinic and Mehmet and his wife are trying to help us with this.   They know someone in Oren who may be able to help. I don't know the full facts but this person has rescued dogs from this area and taken them to a sanctuary in Istanbul, providing they are neutered and vaccinated.  All this is a little vague at the moment but we are keeping fingers crossed that this could be the solution for Bob.

His stay in the clinic has exceeded the 20 days that was first anticipated, so naturally the bill is creeping up.  We are so grateful for donations already received, but would welcome more...every little helps, no matter how small.

Mr A feeds the village dogs every evening when he visits the teahouse.  He has such a good relationship with these dogs.  They all wait at a distance from the teahouse but as soon as he arrives they come running.  It's a deliberate act on his part to feed them in full view of the men in the teahouse, to show that these dogs pose no threat and are lovely gentle creatures if they are treated well.  It seems that the message is slowly getting across.   He also feeds some of them again in the morning...those that need fattening up a bit more.

The 2 new members of our family, Timmy and Fistik, are settling in very well.  Fistik loves to play with Monty and Tommy and they all get on so well.  Timmy is pretty much house trained now...but has the odd accident which is only to be expected.   He had another visit to the vet yesterday.  He seemed to have a problem with his mouth and would cry if it was touched, so we decided to get it checked out.  It was nothing serious, just a baby tooth ready to come out so a little sore.  Mehmet gave him a painkilling injection anyway, and now he is fine.

 The newly created separate areas for the 7 big dogs, and particularly the cemented area, are so much easier to keep clean now.  We bleach and hose down every day.  The gate between the two areas is left open all day for all of them to come and go, and they particularly enjoy a little suntrap in the cemented area.

At night, the gate is closed.  Chas, Dave and Melek retire to their kennels under the shelter, and Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie to their "bedroom" in the old house at the back.    We get the occasional night when all is quiet, but if a fox or another dog is spotted outside, then all 7 dogs bark furiously.

Timmy, Tommy, Monty and Fistik all sleep in the house, in the bedroom.  We don't hear a sound from them until morning.

We are up at around 5.30am to feed them all.....and another day begins.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Gokova Animal Rescue

During the time that I have been rescuing street dogs and continuing to feed more in our village I have been amazed and delighted at the support I receive from other animal rescue groups in Turkey.

I wanted to mention one person in particular who has given me support, advice and friendship...Sonia Garnett...who runs the small charity Gokova Animal Rescue.

I first met Sonia when we drove over to Gokova to collect Monty.  She is utterly dedicated to the cats and dogs in Gokova.  We drove over to her house again recently when we collected Timmy, and decided there and then to take Fistik as well.   Sonia had been fostering Fistik since last May but it was difficult to rehome her (I can't imagine why, because she is adorable).  Sonia's garden is not secure enough to prevent Fistik from escaping, and she very reluctantly had to put her on a chain.  Something that goes against everything she and I believe in.   So we happily took her home.

I copied the following from the Gokova Animal Group facebook page.  Sonia's own words, which pretty much sums up what she does.

These are the rescue cats and dogs that live with me at the present time, some are permanent residents and some are available for adoption. How do I decide who is permanent and who is suitable for adoption? Well once treated, if a cat or dog is healthy and has no ongoing health problems they are put up for adoption.If they are disabled or have ongoing health issues they stay with me. Homes are extremely difficult to find and generally people are more likely to offer offer a home to a healthy animal than to one that needs ongoing health care. Why don't I keep them all? I simply don't have the space and resources. It is your kind and generous donations that help support all of these rescues as well as the many street cats and dogs that Gokova Animal Rescue feed and provide neutering and healthcare for. Without your help many of these animals wouldn't be alive today. Your donations allow me to continue my voluntary work making their lives as happy and as comfortable as I can and for this Gokova Animal Rescue is truly blessed to have such wonderful supporters and friends that care so much. Huge thanks to you all x ·

I've seen Sonia referred to as an Angel on a Scooter.  I think the animals she cares for certainly see her that way.

This is the link to GOKOVA ANIMAL RESCUE on Facebook, if you would like to follow and support the work that Sonia does.

(You will find this link and two more groups worthy of a mention, Marmaris Animal Welfare, and Koycegiz Animal Welfare,  on my sidebar)

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Our Sanctuary

Between showers during the past week or so, Mr A has been working hard on completing the fencing and cementing of the separate dog areas.  Our garden and home has become a dog sanctuary.  I almost used the word "shelter" but as those of you involved in animal rescue here in Turkey will understand, the word shelter often conjures up a picture of overcrowding, sickness,  and not the best environment for dogs and cats.  

If it wasn't for the tireless work  by volunteers all over Turkey, these shelters would be much worse.  Thankfully those who care give up their precious time to visit, clean the areas and socialise with the dogs, and generally make their lives more bearable.

Of course we would be delighted if all these dogs had loving homes, and volunteers and charities do as much as they can to make this happen for some dogs.....always a joy to see when this occurs.

So this is our Sanctuary for our 11 rescued dogs where they are fed twice a day, receive all necessary veterinary treatment, have somewhere warm to sleep, and most of all are loved.   Someone recently asked me how it was possible to love 11 dogs equally.  It's easy.  You either love dogs or you don't.  There's enough love for all of them....and they return it tenfold.

Here are some pictures of the work so far.  The fencing and gate has been completed.  The first area which contains the sheltered kennels for Chas, Dave and Melek has now been cemented as you can see.   The fence beyond has a gate leading to the back area of the house where Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie play, and this is left open all day so that all seven dogs can come and go.

Part of the area behind the house still needs to be cemented as and when we can afford it.  Here is Dave examining the work in progress!
Update:  Bob is still with our vet and recovery although slow, is progressing so we are pleased.  It's taking longer than anticipated but Mehmet doesn't want to make a decision on operating until the flesh on the infected leg has completely healed.   We had hoped this would all take a maximum of 4 weeks but it looks like it will be much longer.

And we continue to feed the village dogs, now twice a day.  These dogs come and go, new ones arrive, others leave.  At the moment we only have one female being fed and she has already been spayed.  As soon as we see any other females we will try to get them to our vet to be spayed as soon as we can.

If you want to help us continue with our work then donations are always very welcome.  (See the Paypal button at the top of this page).   Thankyou xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014


It's that time of year again.  All over the world people will be celebrating Christmas and they'll be buying presents for their loved ones.   Sadly many of them will buy puppies as Christmas presents, without giving a thought to all the hard work involved in  training a puppy.

The sad fact is that many of these puppies will be dumped or abandoned almost as quickly as the Christmas decorations come down.   Please think long and hard before even considering giving a puppy or dog as a pet.

Here in Turkey the same problem exists, but not so much over Christmas.  People move here to live, or maybe only stay for a summer season, and they adopt a  puppy or dog from the streets.   Very commendable of course, and we all know how many desperately hungry dogs there are out there and we want to help them.

BUT the most heartbreaking thing about winter arriving here, is the increasing number of dogs dumped or abandoned on the streets.  Many of them wearing collars, which indicates that they were once owned.

I'll never understand how anyone who has owned a dog, even for a short period of time, can actually just dump it on the streets.  Worse still are the numbers of people who take on a dog, then decide to relocate to their home country but won't pay to take their dog with them.  Yes, it's expensive, but surely you'd find the money rather than leave your dog to starve, while you board the plane?

Even if you can't take a dog with you, at least make sure that you find it a good, caring home, well in advance of your leaving date, to make sure your dog is settled with it's new owners.  Don't just hand it over with a sack of dog food to someone who has said they will feed it...maybe until you return.  How do you know this will happen?  It very often does not.,

But the solution to this problem is easy...think before you adopt...if there is the remotest chance that you may leave the country and not be able to take your dog with you, then don't adopt in the first place.  There are many things you can do to help the dogs and cats here.  You can go out and regularly feed a few animals, particularly in winter when food is hard to come by.  Or you can find out where your local shelter is, and join the many volunteers who give up their time to make the animals' lives a little more comfortable.

A dog is a huge commitment.  Make sure you are ready for it.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The start of a new week

We've had some storms and an excessive amount of rain over the past few days.Whenever there is a break in the weather, Mr A continues with work on the fencing dividing up areas of the garden to make the dogs safe.

The fencing is just about finished.  These photos are taken from the driveway, with the garden/gazebo behind us.   You can see the first area is where Chas, Dave and Melek have their kennels under the shelter.  Beyond this is another gate leading into the area at the back of the house where Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie reside.  The gate leading to the second area is open all day so that all 7 dogs can wander in and out of each area.

To the left of both areas is the old house where these four have their bedroom.  (Look at little Timmy in the red jumper getting to know the big dogs through the fence).

The four little ones Monty, Tommy, Fistik and Timmy all live in the house but have the run of the driveway and the area in front of the fence.  When it's not muddy they can also play in the front garden.

We plan to cement the whole of the fenced area as soon as the rain stops and the ground dries out.   It will be easier to keep the areas hosed down and clean.....essential now that we have 11 dogs.

More dogs are arriving in the village, some of them with collars, like the one in the picture below who arrived last night.

 They are clearly being dumped.  No doubt word has spread that they are being fed here.   We have to try to keep on top of this if we can.   If too many arrive, then this will cause problems with those people in the village who object to the dogs being here at all.  We will certainly try to start getting the females spayed and avoid any unwanted and when we can catch them and book them in with our vet.   It would be nice if the Belediye vet at the Milas shelter could take some responsibility for this,  but I won't hold my breath.

Nothing new to report on Bobbie.  She has been at our vet's clinic for more than two weeks  but progress is slow, and nothing more can be attempted until the infection is completely cleared up.  Mr A popped in to see her this morning and says she is doing as well as can be expected.

Friday, 5 December 2014


Update on Bob:  I should have mentioned that we discovered that Bob is in fact a girl.  With all the stress and difficulty in capturing her to take to our vet, we didn't realise until we checked on her later.  So I will now refer to her as Bobbie (sorry little girl).  We were so concerned with the injury that checking to see whether she was male or female was the last thing on our minds.

She has now been in the clinic for two weeks.  Progress is slow, but she is gradually healing.  The fractured bone is exposed but until the infection has been cleared up we can't yet talk about operating.

She is an aggresive dog, but this is understandable because of what she has been through.  She trusts no-one.   She has to be sedated every time her dressing is changed.  She is receiving antibiotics every day, is eating, and doesn't appear to be in any pain.   If we thought she was deteriorating or suffering we would of course make the decision to end her suffering, but Mehmet is confident that there is still hope.   So she will remain in the clinic until everything possible can be done for her.  Keep your fingers crossed for her please.

Since I posted about Bobbie I have had a good response from you kind people, and now have enough money in the pot to cover Bobbie's vet fees.  So a huge thankyou to all of you who have donated, and particularly to those of you who donate on a regular basis.  We, and all the dogs, are immensely grateful.

We continue to feed the dogs in the village every day, and making sure they are all well.  The brown dog, Kahve, has now finished the treatment for her skin condition and is so much better.  Mr A has noticed another new dog who has a few superficial injuries, probably dog bites, so as soon as he can gain his trust and get close enough he will use antibacterial wound powder to help clear these up.

Timmy and Fistik continue to fit in with the rest of the family. Timmy's house training is progressing well and he mostly goes to the toilet outside, with just the occasional accident in the house.  Fistik loves Tommy and Monty and they get on so well together.  We've had a lot of rain over the past couple of days, and they have enjoyed digging in the mud.  You can imagine how much cleaning up there is to do before they are allowed back into the house!

Mr A is still working on the fencing and gates in the garden to make separate areas for the dogs, so that the little ones aren't intimidated by the big ones.  There has been a lot of growling from Chas, Dave and Melek, but this is gradually settling down.  When they are in their own areas, they will all be able to sniff each other through the fence, and this will  lead to them accepting each other and
eventually they will all socialise.

This worked for us when we introduced Chas, Dave and Melek to the family when they were just 4 weeks old.  Now they are big they often play with the other 4 big dogs at the back of the house, and all get on well.  The safety of all of the dogs, particularly the little ones, is of most importance at the moment.

Thankyou again everyone who has supported us and enabled to make all this possible.

If you wish to help us look after our 11 rescues and the strays in our village, you will find the Paypal donate button at the top of this page.

Thankyou xx

Sunday, 30 November 2014

UPDATE on the new members of the family

It's only been two whole days since our new guys Timmy and Fistik arrived, and it's been quite hard work!  

Friday really consisted of my keeping them apart from the 3 big pups as they were all wary of each other, and cleaning up wees and poos.  Fistik is already house trained, but was a little nervous about going outside to the toilet so we had a few accidents in the house.  Timmy is yet to be house trained and as his former fosterer, Rachel, will confirm he assumes it's OK to do wees and poos wherever he likes!

Mr A set off to work but rain stopped play so he returned a couple of hours later.  We took Timmy and Fistik to see our vet, Mehmet.  As Sonia thought, Fistik is about 4 years old, and we established that Timmy is 3 months old.  They were both vaccinated and issued with their pet passports.  I have also given them both flea treatments and Timmy is being wormed.

We bought some more metal posts and chainlink fencing and Mr A started work on separating another area of the garden.  He worked until it was too dark to see and it's not finished yet.

Timmy settles well at night in his bed, and Monty, Tommy and Fistik sleep on the bed, with Fistik jumping down at some point during the night to settle in her own bed.

Yesterday we were up as usual just after 5 am.  We put the loaned travel crate with some cushions down in the enclosed front garden under the gazebo (this part of the garden is intended to be a dog free zone...some hope!)  and put Fistik and Tommy in there.  Monty insisted on joining them and after a while Tommy came back into the house.  Monty and Fistik stayed there all day and had so much fun digging huge holes in the garden.  To be honest, this was really Monty teaching Fistik how to dig.  He did this with the 3 big pups.  Isn't he clever!!!

I put my clothes airer across the balcony steps as a temporary gate to keep Timmy safe and then proceeded to clean the house a was such a mess.  My friends David and Abdu came over and brought a cage for Timmy.  They were totally enamoured with Timmy and if I hadn't had my wits about me I think they might have popped him in a pocket and taken him home.

After they had gone I set up the cage on the balcony and made it comfortable.  Timmy wandered in and out all day.   I thought that as he is so small (smaller than a cat) I would try using a cat litter tray for toilet training.  It didn't really work, so more pees and poos elsewhere.

Feeding times take a little longer with two additions.  Dave, Chas and Melek are put on chains for feeding.  I also do this if they have chewsticks now as Dave and Melek tend to fight over them, and we have had a couple of nips on ears.   Monty and Fistik were fed under the gazebo, Tommy in the kitchen, Timmy on the balcony, then I took food out to Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddy in their area at the back as usual.  Both Timmy and Fistik are eating well, although Timmy nibbles on his small dog biscuits throughout the day.  None of the others attempt to eat his food.

I brought Fistik and Monty inside one at a time, first having to wash their extremely muddy feet on the balcony.

Last night they all settled well again.  We were up this morning just after 5am.  No wees or poos at all on the bedroom floor.   Mr A took Monty, Tommy and Fistik down to the front garden to go to the toilet.  I carried Timmy down there inside my dressing gown, put him on the ground and he immediately had a wee.  Good boy!   I brought him back inside and we had coffee.  He started to fidget a bit so I took him back down to the garden and he immediately had a poo.  Of course I don't expect this to be the end of house training, but it's certainly a good start.

It's now 6.45am and we have all come back to bed.  Mr A isn't working today so intends to finish the fencing.   So far so good!  Here are a few photos for those who haven't seen them on Facebook.

Timmy in his new hoody

Fistik is Daddy's girl and just loves a tummy rub

Time for bed for Monty (top), Tommy and Fistik

Fistik and must be love! (with Monty looking on)

Bedtime for Timmy

Friday, 28 November 2014

Two Fistiks for the price of one! And now there are 11!

As arranged we set off to Gokova last night to collect the tiny dog Fistik, mentioned in my last post.

Chris and Pat, volunteers with the Marmaris Animal Rescue group, drove up from Marmaris with Fistik to meet us and also Sonia from Gokova Animal Rescue group.  We all went back to Sonia's house and the dogs played happily together, even with all of Sonia's rescue cats around (although Tommy couldn't resist barking at them).

Those of you on Facebook may recall my sharing a post of Sonia's about a dog she has been fostering, and bringing back to good health...a little girl...also called Fistik.  Here is the Facebook post:

 I hate doing this but I have had to chain Fistik. I can't keep her safe here, my balcony is not enclosed and I don't have a secure garden. I can't keep her shut in the house either, because the door and window is always open for the cats and she gets out of the window!. She is far too small and it is to dangerous for her to be wandering the streets alone for over 3 hours. Fistik needs more time and attention than I can give her, she so desperately needs a home where she will be someone's companion dog. She is only small, cute and such a happy little doggie. Please share and lets see if together we can find her a forever home.

We all fell in love with Fistik and we decided that we would adopt her too.  Little Fistik's name has now been changed to avoid confusion to Tiny Tim...or Timmy as we have started calling him.

After a pleasant evening at Sonia's we set off for the journey back home.

Mr A and I. From left to right Tommy, Monty and Fistik. (I'm holding Timmy.  Isn't he tiny?)
Timmy slept on my lap in the front of the car, whilst the other three slept on the back seat, curled up in a travel crate that Sonia has loaned me in case I need to use it for Timmy if we go out.   (I must try to get a proper dog cage for Timmy, but the crate will do in the meantime).

The journey took a bit longer than expected as there was a traffic police stop on the way.  We were stuck there for half an hour and it turned out that one of Mr A's papers was two days out of a 60 lira fine.  Just what we needed!

We arrived home at about 11.30pm and I waited in the car with the 4 little ones whilst Mr A put Chas, Dave and Melek on their feeding chains, to enable us to bring the newbies inside on leads to go to toilet in the garden...which they didn't because all the dogs were barking, including my 4 big ones and this was pretty intimidating.

We will introduce them all within the next couple of days when they have all calmed down.

We then brought them into the house, along with the crate, two dog beds, and various other useful items that Sonia gave me.

Two wees and one poo on the carpet...not sure who did them...but cleaned up and off to bed.   Tommy and Monty adore's like they've always been together.  All three slept on the bed and at some point during the night Fistik jumped down and settled in her own bed in the corner.  Timmy settled straight away into his bed.  I woke up a 5.30am as he was throwing up...I suspect due to him tucking into the cat biscuits at Sonia's house!    There was a wee and poo on the floor, actually right by the door so that's a good sign.   Also Fistik has done a wee and poo in the kitchen this morning.  She is house trained but naturally she is wary of going out into the garden so soon, so it's no problem.

I have put the travel crate on the balcony and left the balcony door open so that they can wander in and out today, but otherwise I will keep them inside.   Mr A has gone to work, and I have come back to bed with my laptop.  Tommy, Monty and Fistik are asleep on the bed next to me, and little Timmy is asleep in his bed on the floor.....peace!  I don't know how long it will last, but I'll make the most of it!

Tomorrow Mr A will start yet again on adapting our garden to suit all the dogs.  More fencing and metal posts to buy to create another separate area for Chas, Dave and Melek where their shelter and kennels are situated.  But this will also have a gate into the large area at the back so that they can join Sammy. Megan, Blondie and Freddie during the day to play, then back to their area at night to sleep.  This will leave the driveway and front of the house for Monty, Tommy, Fistik and Timmy.   When both Mr A and I are around, we will gradually get all the dogs together to allow them to socialise.  The most important thing is for them all to be happy and safe.

Can you remember all the times I've rescued a dog and I've said "that's more"?   Mr A and I keep saying it to each other over and over again.  Who are we kidding?   We are completely mad but we and our furry family are happy so that's all that really matters isn't it?

And then there were 11.....

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thursday Update and a new addition to our family!

Firstly Bob:

There isn't very much to report on Bob, other than he is hanging in there and seems to be doing OK.,  Slowly but surely.  There are no signs that the infection has spread as yet, so clearly Mehmet is keeping it under control.   We are avoiding popping into the clinic too much.  They are very busy there and we are always reluctant to interrupt their work.  We get phone updates from Mehmet, and if there was any cause for concern he would let us know.  Otherwise, we leave him to get on with the job that he does so well.

We are gradually naming the "regulars" who stand waiting for Mr A to feed them every evening.  The dog who was shot is called Pasha, the brown dog is called Kahve, and another female who I don't seem to have a photo for is called Cindy (this was decided upon by Mr A who has always had a bit of a crush on  Cindy Crawford!).  Cindy is a retriever type dog who has had several litters of pups.  She was amongst those gathered up by the Belediye some time ago and taken to the Milas shelter to be spayed.  She has the ear tag to signify this.

She was very thin when she was returned from the shelter and has been fed well by us since, and is now very healthy....and no more litters...I'm sure she's had enough of being pregnant!

There are around 9 or 10 other dogs roaming the village, but we don't always see them.  Occasionally they turn up, but they appear to be well so we assume they are finding food from somewhere.  We feed them anyway.

Two more new dogs appeared last night.  One seems to have a bad leg, but he disappeared as fast as he came, so Mr A couldn't get close enough to examine him.

The other new one is a Kangal, who, because of his size, caused the men in the teahouse to stand clear.  Mr A however has no fear, and here he is making friends with him. I'm thinking of calling him Aydin, as here he is outside the Aydin teahouse.

Isn't he a big boy?

We will of course feed him and any others that appear, and try to catch any who need vet treatment.

Mr A and I discussed the possibility of building some kind of shelter down in the village for the dogs, and to put blankets inside.  Somewhere for them to seek refuge from the rain and cold.   Sadly it's something we don't dare attempt to do, because Mr A tells me that the men in the village blame everything on the street dogs.  They say they kill and eat their chickens.  They probably did when they were starving, but we know that when dogs get regular food every day, they tend to stop doing this.  My rescues at home were the same.  Now they have no interest in the chickens.

If we were to provide a shelter, Mr A says the men would know where to find them and there would be a risk of them being shot.  We have a lot of derelict houses in the village and we are pretty sure the dogs move around from one to the other to find shelter and stay safe.

Finally, we are collecting another pup in desperate need tonight.  This little boy, Fistik, is about 10 weeks old.  He was originally in a shelter and taken by a volunteer for fostering as he had an infection.  This was cleared up with vet treatment. One of the other pups being fostered developed an infection and Fistik was removed from the fosterer to avoid cross infection,  This was the plea for help from Chris at the Marmaris Animal Welfare group on Tuesday:

URGENT PLEA FOR A FOSTER CARER FOR FISTIK - Fistik was being fostered by Rachel  along with Siyah, two pups from the Pound. Another foster home had been found for Fistik but this has unfortunately fallen through. We now have a dilemma, as Siyah is not well and to avoid cross infection Rachel can't take Fistik back. Please please is there anyone who can foster for a few weeks while a permanent home is found?
Fistik is tiny, he's going to be a very small dog. If a foster home can't be found TODAY then he will have to return to the Pound, where he will have to sleep in the rat infested portacabin as there's nowhere he can go which is safe as he's so small.
He's a lovely little pup, loves being carried around, almost a tea cup pup!
Please please can anyone help?
 Tiny Fistik

I offered to give him a permanent home, as it is well know that these tiny dogs do not do well in shelters, and often don't survive.  I had already made plans to go to Koycegiz this coming Sunday for the Christmas Fayre, and we were to collect Sonia from Gokova Animal Rescue on the way.   So pleas for a temporary foster until Sunday were put out on Facebook, and Chris managed to find someone in Marmaris to keep him until then.

This fosterer fell in love with Fistik and asked if she could keep him.  I was asked if I minded, which of course I didn't.  The aim was to find a home for this little guy, and that seemed to have been we hoped this would be his happy ending.  The power of Facebook never ceases to amaze me.  Good teamwork by Marmaris Animal Welfare too.

I was contacted this morning and informed that the placement had not worked out, and would I still take him.  Of course I said I would, and Mr A felt that the sooner we collected him the better.  He needs to be house trained, and there has been so much disruption already in his short life.    

So this evening when Mr A finishes work, we are attempting to arrange for us to drive to Gokova.  We will meet up with Sonia (which I am looking forward to), and hopefully Chris will be able to drive from Marmaris to meet us with Fistik.
Plans are yet to be finalised, but hopefully Fistik will be with us tonight or as soon as possible.

We weren't looking for another dog.  I would have loved to have given a home to Bob once his treatment is finished, but having twice attempted to take in big dogs in recent months it has proved impossible.  My 7 big dogs just won't accept them.  Bob will be vulnerable after everything he has been through so I can't risk bringing him here where the others might attack him.

We will try our utmost to find a home for him, but if not will put him back in the village in his familiar surroundings and continue to care for him along with the others.

Fistik will be fine.  There is room on the bed for another little one with Monty and Tommy, and all the big dogs are tolerant of the little ones and accept them readily.

So ......... then there were 10!!!


Monday, 24 November 2014

UPDATE on Bob and other village dogs

For those of you who didn't see my status on Facebook on Saturday, I'm copying it here because it is self-explanatory:

A street dog called Bob. For those of you who read my last blog post, he was referred to as the dog with the broken leg. We have been trying desperately to catch him to get treatment but he has remained elusive for the past week.
This morning it was obvious even at a distance that his leg was badly infected, so drastic measures needed to be taken, and with the help of a borrowed tranquiliser gun Mr A was able to capture him and take him to our vet.
He will remain in the clinic for around 20 days. It will probably take about 10 days for the infection to clear before he can be operated on. Our vet Mehmet will try to save the leg, but we should be prepared for amputation if necessary. He is now in safe hands at last and I will update when I have more to report.
Then a little later:

Bob is with our vet in Milas now. The infection is quite bad and has been cleaned thoroughly and he is on antibiotics and serum. It would seem that he was shot and the bullet passed through the bone. It will be cleaned and redressed every 2 days and should take 10 days to clear up. Our vet Mehmet says that he is hopeful that he can operate and save the leg as the nerves aren't damaged.

I was unable to get to the clinic yesterday as Mr A was working and the buses are so infrequent on Sundays, that I missed one and then had no idea when another one would come along.  However, Mehmet wasn't at the clinic yesterday, just his staff, but we phoned to check and Bob is doing OK.  It's early days of course so we can't expect too much as yet, but we will be going down this evening to see him.

I have some veterinary wound powder which was given to me by Sonia at Gokova Animal Rescue, and another "friend" of the street animals in Turkey, Emma, brings supplies of this from the UK for several rescue groups.  She has kindly offered to supply more.  She has messaged Sonia, who I will see next Sunday, who will give me more, which Emma will replace.   Mehmet is using something very similar at the moment on Bob, but he will probably run out in 2 or 3 days, so we will give him our supplies tonight.   I will also give him some more when we collect on Sunday.  This will  help to bring down the total bill for Bob's treatment.  So thankyou to Emma (and Sonia), as this is considered to be a donation, for which we are very grateful.

When Bob has had his operation, he will also be neutered and vaccinated and given his pet passport.  I would dearly love to find a good home for him.  In this respect I will post photos on Facebook in the next 10 days or so, when he is well on the road to recovery.

The brown dog I referred to in my earlier post, is now eating well.  He is being given a course of immune booster, and he is on a course of treatment for his skin condition, which is already working as you can see in the photos.  I would also like to get this boy neutered and vaccinated at some point.
Before food and treatment(taken at night so photo a bit dark)

Improving every day

The dog who was shot, but whose wound had healed, is also eating well and looking much healthier.  Again, we would like to neuter and vaccinate this boy, and also to have Mehmet check him over and make sure that he is OK.

Before we started feeding

A healthier and more trusting dog now having a cuddle with Mr A.

We will of course face a bill at the end of all this, particularly for Bob's treatment,  so donations at this time would be very much appreciated.   No matter how small...every little helps.

Please help if you can.  You will find the Paypal button at the top of this page.

(And please forgive me for the constant appeals for money.  It really isn't in my nature to plead for help, but these dogs need it...Thankyou)