I've had personal experience of this with several dogs we adopted in the past, and which we eventually managed to rehome with farmers who had other dogs, which were allowed to run around.
When we adopted Beki, she was just 2 weeks old. It was easy to domesticate her. Poppy was already 3 years old when we took her in, and I think now she is a happy house dog. Although for some time if ever she managed to escape from the confines of the garden, she would just run and run! It's taken two years to stop her doing this, but I always have a fear of her getting out. Thankfully with all the chickenwire around the garden now, it's impossible for her to get out.
We have administered worm tablets and frontline to Megan and Sammy. Today we will give them their vaccinations. After the kind offer from the vet in Bodrum, Annie at BacktoBodrum kindly offered to transport Megan to have her spayed. This would mean two round trips for her, and I so appreciate how kind she is. However, we also wondered if there might be another solution. We would also be keen to have Sammy neutered too....anything to prevent even more unwanted puppies.
Our vet Mehmet in Milas cannot afford to do the ops free of charge, and he simply has so little time available. He has been more than generous in so many other ways that I wouldn't want to abuse his generosity. He did however mention that he had to go to Bodrum in 3 weeks time and that he would take Megan for her op and bring her home. He is a lovely man.
He also gave us the name of the Milas Belediye (council) vet. Our village does not come within the control of the Belediye so the vet is not obliged to help us. Mr A went to see him and used his powers of persuasion and he has agreed to neuter both dogs, providing he gets permission from the Belediye Baskan (head of the council). So hopefully all this will happen quite soon and I'll keep you updated.
In the meantime, Mr A has made a temporary dog kennel at the back of the house. It was an outside toilet. It's been partly demolished, and a cement floor laid inside, and some corrugated tin fixed as a roof. It's not perfect, but it will do until we can afford materials to build something more permanent.
Early this morning as we sat drinking coffee on the balcony, we thought we could see both dogs in the field in the distance. Looking through the binoculars we could see Megan and Sammy running around the field, happily playing. It made me realise that they need the freedom that they are used to. We can't shut them in. They can come and go. They can get into the back of the garden and stay as long as they want to. They will be fed twice a day. They have been protected against diseases and parasites, and soon they will be neutered. It's the best we can do to keep them safe.
And here are some photos:
|Trying to encourage Megan inside|
|Megan and Sammy...both curious|
|Maybe they think it's my kennel?|
|Making friends with Poppy|
|Poppy trying to encourage them into the kennel|
|Poppy loves her new friends|
|Mr A and I...sitting inside the kennel, attempting to show the dogs how comfy it is!|