We are rescuing the dog (another bitch) who has been turning up at the gate occasionally since Megan and Sammy moved in. I have mentioned her in previous posts. Her name is Blondie. She is gorgeous, but very thin. She is also extremely timid and it has been taking a while to gain her confidence. At first it was impossible to get anywhere near her to give her food, because she would run away with her tail between her legs, so I just had to tip food over the gate and keep my distance.
Gradually, we made physical contact, and yesterday we finally coaxed her into the garden.
Megan and Sammy have played with her outside the garden, but of course they have become territorial now and there were a few fights yesterday in the garden. Blondie was upset, and managed to find a way to get out. She was gone for hours.
Megan and Sammy are still in our main garden, sleeping at night in the sheltered front of the old house, while Mr A is working frantically to totally secure the back of the garden behind the house, where the shelter he built is situated. The aim is to move them there when it's finished, and after they recover from their ops on Friday.
Last night Blondie was barking up the road and I went out to investigate with a torch and some biscuits. I spent an hour or so trying to coax her into the back area and the shelter. There is a gap there at the moment where Mr A is going to put a gate, and he has built some steps up to it from the road for ease of access. When Mr A returned from the teahouse, he attempted to gain her confidence, whilst I was inside the house, leaning out of the spare bedroom window, which is next to the shelter, armed with biscuits. Eventually, she came in, and settled down for the night. We have gale force winds at the moment, so I was happy that all three were safe and warm, albeit in separate areas.
Sammy and Megan will have their ops tomorrow. We collected vaccinations for Blondie from Mehmet yesterday, and we will administer these today. She will have her op next week. Mehmet is providing all treatment for Blondie free of charge, because he is delighted that we have rescued her.
We will leave Blondie to settle in "her" area, and when the other two have recovered from their ops, they will be moved there too, by which time she should feel more confident about her space, and hopefully they will all get along.
We were awoken at around 5am this morning because Blondie was barking furiously. When Mr A went outside to investigate, he saw her chasing away a fox which was trying to get to Dursune's chickens. She then returned to her shelter. Dursune will be delighted. Although bemused by all this at first, she has seen how well we look after the dogs and there is no need to be afraid of them. She is happy that their presence also makes her feel secure. She has said she will gladly feed them if we are away.
Please, my dear blogging friends, stop me if I even so much as mention taking in any more dogs. I think four is quite enough!