However, they love the shelter under the olive tree, and spend most of their time there. In fact they have stopped wandering around the village altogether now. Over the past couple of days we have introduced them to the garden. They run around, then stretch out in the driveway. They sleep a lot, probably because they are happy, well fed and safe at last.
They love Poppy and she loves them. They are very gentle with her, which is lovely to see.
Mr A has now enclosed the back of the garden completely with chicken wire, and this is where they go at night to sleep under their shelter, and there is also lots of space for them to wander about.
The winter months have taken their toll. They both appear to have a touch of arthritis on getting up from sleep. I still have some Rimadyl anti-inflammatory tablets which are in date, which I had for Beki, so I gave them one each today, which seems to help.
After much consideration, I decided against using the Belediye vet to have them neutered. I don't have much faith in Belediye vets in general, and I don't want to take the risk, just because it will be done free of charge. We had a word with Mehmet today, and although he is very busy, he has agreed to do their ops next Friday. Because he has so little time, Mr A will collect Mehmet's van and transport the dogs to the surgery, wait until they are recovering, then bring them back home. He also has some more vaccinations for them, which we will collect tomorrow. He has offered to do the ops for both dogs for 160 lira (about £60) in total, including all injections and antibiotics, and the use of his van, providing we don't tell anyone else how little he is charging. (So please keep quiet about it!).
He also said that he would do the op for the other street dog who occasionally appears at our gate, free of charge, if we can bring her over at the same time, or later. He will also supply vaccinations for this dog FOC.
I want to take this opportunity of thanking John in Bodrum, who offered the op for Megan FOC, and also Annie at BacktoBodrum for her kind offer of transport. I am so grateful to them, but I'm sure you will understand that we have chosen the most convenient option, with the least amount of inconvenience to others.
I am overwhelmed by Mehmet's kindness. He knows Mr A is out of work at the moment, and even said don't worry about paying immediately, that he was happy to wait. This is a man who truly cares about animals, something rare in this country.
And here are my lovely dogs:
|Sammy and Megan relaxing in the garden|
|Poppy showing off her new haircut|
|Megan keeping guard, and Sammy posing for the camera|