However, when I spoke to him in the morning he couldn't commit himself because they were short of staff in the hamam, so he was having to stand in as masseur.
By the time he phoned me to say he could get home after all, it was early afternoon. Too hot to wait around for buses, and too late to meet up with my friend. So I ended up getting the village bus at 5pm, then the Bodrum bus from the main road, arriving in Bodrum at 6.15pm. Mr A collected me and we set off to Kipa. This is one of my favourite supermarkets. It is owned by Tesco, so you can often find their products in stock, as well as much more variety of goods than I can find in the Milas supermarkets.
There is a pet shop right next door to Kipa and they had 15kg sacks of complete dog food for 39.90 lira. It is a plain sack, with no fancy pictures, but the contents are good...at least my dogs are happy with the biscuits. They will eat anything, which is a relief, as I struggle to keep costs down. So I bought two sacks which will keep us going for a few weeks.
In Kipa I bought enough (more or less) food to last for about three weeks, so this will save me having to keep popping into Milas.
I phoned Mehmet the vet today. Poppy desperately needs another haircut. She will not let me near her with a brush, and her fur is becoming matted. She also seems to have an eye infection, and I have now noticed that Blondie has the same problem. No doubt they are passing it around. Megan has had a weepy eye ever since we got her, but it's not the normal red eye or conjunctivitis that Blondie and Poppy have. But I need eye drops for them.
I'm also concerned that the paraband collars they have which will last the summer, although brilliant for keeping ticks at bay, and helping to prevent leishmaniasis , don't seem to be as effective on fleas. I can't see any fleas but the dogs are scratching...not a great deal, but it's getting hotter and I want to be prepared. Having paid out a considerable amount for the collars, I'm concerned about now having to get four lots of Frontline as well, which is also expensive here.
A friend told me about a solution called Bayticol 1%. It's only available from vets. You have to measure out 10ml to each 10kg bodyweight. The bottle contains 100ml and Mehmet will let me have one for a special price of 20 lira. It's pretty much the same as Frontline, but I don't think vets publicise it because they don't make much of a profit from it. However, Mehmet always does his best to help me keep down costs.
So, he will be ringing me in the next day or so, when he has time, to let me know he will be on his way to the village to sort out my dogs.
Last week something happened which made me think that attitudes towards animals are changing in this village. One of the women who passes with the sheep, told me that she had a cat, and that she wanted to know what to buy to get rid of fleas. A couple of days later I picked up some flea treatment from Mehmet for her. She was delighted...and so was I. It's so refreshing to find someone who doesn't treat cats as vermin.