Wednesday, 18 July 2012
I mentioned a few weeks ago that Poppy was suffering from sleep incontinence. She had one or two accidents after she was spayed last October, but as it didn't happen often, I didn't place too much importance on it. However it seemed to get much worse when Beki was ill and my time was taken up looking after her. Poppy didn't have much of my attention then and I now think that this affected her and maybe the problem was mostly psychological. Those of you who don't have dogs may think this is crazy, but those of you who are very much dog people, will definitely know what I mean.
Mehmet the vet prescribed some tablets for Poppy, which she took for 10 days. She actually stopped wetting in her sleep the day before she started on the tablets, and hasn't had one accident since, and she's been off medication for over a week now.
With the temperatures up in the mid 40s at the moment, Poppy was in desperate need of a haircut, so yesterday we took her to the clinic and Mehmet trimmed her...or rather shaved her. It's very short, but neat and tidy and she's so much happier. He also cut her nails, and emptied her anal glands (not a pleasant task but essential for some dogs). She was shampood and frontlined and we bought her a very smart new collar. I'd love to show you before and after photos but I can't upload them at the moment.
I made a decision not to take in any more dogs, but it doesn't stop me looking out for the dogs in the village. I leave containers of fresh water outside our gate every day, and have posted on our village Facebook page for the villagers to do the same. I'm not sure they will take much notice, but one or two men have responded by re-posting my advice.
The women just down the hill from us who pass our gate every day with their sheep, have a dog outside their house. I had a go at them a few weeks ago because the poor animal was tied up on a short chain with no water. I took him food and a container of water, which I asked them to refill every day. I tried to explain that the chain was unnecessary, because if they regularly fed and watered him, he would not run away. I took the chain off to prove the point, but the next day they had tied him up again.
So I got Mr A to have a word with them. He's much more forceful than me. They've finally got the message. I had a spare tube of Frontline and worm tablets, so a few days ago Mr A went down and administered them to the dog. His owners haven't named him, so we call him Sammy. Although we haven't adopted him, we will continue to feed him and make sure he is worm and flea free.
TAG recently entered a competition to win 5000 dollars to buy a much needed secondhand van to assist in their constant rescue of dogs, trips to vets, collection of food etc. As you know TAG relies on donations, and the cost of renting cars to rescue dogs in distress is using precious funds that could be spent on food and vet fees. Sadly we didn't win, and the fundraising efforts continue.
If you want to help by donating, sponsoring, adopting, or just by spreading the word, you will find the link on my sidebar, and also the chip-in for the vehicle fundraising...or visit the Turkish Animal Group (T.A.G) page on Facebook.
Also for Facebook users, TAG are trying to win £500 worth of dog food and treats, so you can help by going to this page https://www.facebook.com/viovet?ref=ts and entering the following link in the comment box https://www.facebook.com/pages/Turkish-Animal-Group-TAG-Dog-Adoptables/193092287368884?bookmark_t=page ...before the end of July please.