So, no chickens for a while yet, but our garden is gradually becoming an animal sanctuary. Since typing half of this post last night, then being interrupted by another loss of internet, we now have two dogs turning up at the gate for food.
Mr A already feeds a dog in the village as often as we have scraps. One of these dogs who turned up actually belongs to the shepherdess down the lane. You may recall that I stopped her from chaining him up. I wormed him and put a flea collar on him and fed him every day for a fair number of weeks, finally encouraging the shepherdess to take over. I call him Sammy.
His companion is a bitch who has clearly had puppies fairly recently (I'm calling her Megan), but Mr A has searched and we cannot find her pups anywhere. Judging by her condition, I'm pretty certain the puppies wouldn't have survived.
I have been feeding them every day for the last four days. They turned up again this morning at 8am. Sammy is looking pretty good. I think the shepherdess has taken my advice and he is thriving. Megan is a worry though. I make sure that I give Sammy just a little food because I don't want to leave him out, but I give a more substantial amount to Megan.
Mr A spoke to the shepherdess yesterday and told her we were feeding Sammy and asked her to share Sammy's food with Megan when she feeds him each day, and she agreed.
I searched Milas for the cheapest dog biscuits and managed to find them for 5 lira a kilo, but when finances permit, we will buy large sacks because this is more economical. They are small biscuits so the cats are also eating them. They are settling in nicely in their new home by the way.
We also found bird seed for the bird table, but there are still not too many birds about. I guess it will take a bit of time for them to find the table, and hopefully use the nesting box too.
Poppy is quite bemused by all this. She rushes to the gate to "chat" to Sammy and Megan when they arrive, and there's lots of tail wagging going on from all of them. Poppy also stands on the wall and watches while I feed the cats. She's wary of them, barking but not getting too close.
I never planned all this of course...it just happens doesn't it? One look into the eyes of a hungry animal and I'm hooked.