Thursday, 7 March 2013

Megan and Sammy Update

If there's something I've learned about street dogs here over the years, it's that if you want to adopt one and make it a house pet, then you need to do it when they are very young.  If they have been out on the streets for any length of time, they are very unhappy being confined.

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!


  1. Wow ! It looks like the dogs have got a great deal here. You and Mr A move into the new kennel while they take over the house. It's clear who's in charge here .... Some very lucky dogs, well done you for adopting them and offering them a great future.

    1. Yes I can just imagine them all taking over the house Rosemary, plus the four cats, who may find the house preferable to the chicken coop!

  2. Haha, that's so funny, the two of you sitting inside the kennel :)
    It's nice to put faces to the names though ... you and Mr A suit each other.

    1. Thanks Lilli. Well it is quite cosy in the kennel, even though the dogs don't seem very interested in it at the moment.

  3. The neighbours will def think you're bonkers now if they see you both in the kennel.

    1. They already guessed some time ago BtoB. It keeps them amused.

  4. Hahaha...I got a good chuckle you and Mr. A sitting in the kennel. Had to call my husband to take a look at your photo....tooooo cute.
    So nice that you and Mr. A care about these both have warm-hearts. Lovely dog house...looks like Poppy is having fun.
    I know what you mean about dogs not liking to be confined.....I had a Siberian Husky who we got at 1 year old from a Rescue and she lasted till she was 17 1/2 years with me. She wouldn't stay inside....but was busy all night killing off skunks then the dog groomer would triple charge me....oh I miss her sooo much.
    Take care...XXX

    1. Ahh Erica. We never forget our dogs do we? You gave her a lovely life...she was so lucky. I miss Beki too, so much. Not a day goes past without thinking of her. xxxx

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    1. Thanks greygirl. Not brilliant photos but they give some idea of what I'm talking about xx

  6. That is a lovely post and you know already that I think you are both among the kindest people on earth.
    I'm sure this will come back to you in many ways.
    Lovely to see pictures of you both as well as the dogs!

    Maggie x

    Nuts in May

    1. Thanks Maggie. It does come back to us in the pleasure we get every day from seeing at least two happy and healthy dogs out of the thousands on the streets . xxx

  7. No-one could have done more, Ayak, and I'm guessing that Megan and Sammy may well learn to use the kennel in really bad weather. Lovely to see that smiling picture of you and Mr A. :-)

    1. I think the kennel is in the wrong place for them Perpetua. Mr A has built another shelter too..more about that later xx


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