Megan and Sammy were stretched out sleeping under the shelter yesterday. Dursune asked Mr A if they were now chained up. "Of course not, we never chain up dogs" replied Mr A. She couldn't understand why they would stay there without a chain. I don't know how many times I have had to explain to Turks that there is absolutely no need to chain up their dogs. As long as you treat them well and feed them regularly, they will happily protect you and your property. They just don't get it.
Mehmet the vet came to see us last night. He brought another 13kg of dog food for us which we had ordered, and also collected the kennel we bought last year for Poppy, which she hadn't used. While he was here he gave Poppy a much needed haircut. He charged the same as he had last year, with no extra cost for his petrol or time.
He and Mr A discussed the arrangements for Sammy and Megan's neutering with the Belediye vet. Mr A explained that he was in the process of sorting out an appointment, and also trying to find transport to take them there. Mehmet has a van in which he transports dogs, and he told Mr A that he was quite happy for him (Mr A) to borrow it from him on a day when he wasn't using it, to take the dogs to the Belediye vet. He also said that he would give us antibiotics to use after the ops as he was pretty sure the Belediye vet wouldn't supply them.
Another dog turned up at the gate a couple of days ago. She's not very old. She doesn't stay around long enough to be fed, but she happened to put in an appearance when Mehmet was here. He said that if Mr A was able to pick her up at the same time as Megan and Sammy, that he (Mehmet) would spay her free of charge. He knew that we were pushing our luck to get the Belediye to agree to neuter two dogs, so a third would be out of the question. I'm not sure we will adopt this other dog, but at least it will be one more prevented from reproducing. Mehmet is one of the kindest people I know. I am hoping to repay his kindness by getting a couple of things in England that he can't get here.
My toe is healing quite nicely. The swelling has gone down, and I'm pretty sure now that it isn't actually broken. I can manage to put on a shoe but not actually walk in it, but I feel it's heading in the right direction. Thankyou everyone for your kind wishes.