So we left home yesterday at 8.30am to make the journey to Gokova to collect Monty, even though were weren't due to meet up with Joanna and Sonia until 11.30 am. Just as well, because having passed through Milas, we stopped to fill up with LP Gas, and the entry point to the gas cylinder was jammed, so wouldn't take the gas. I blame our dreadful village roads for this. They are in a disgraceful state so I'm surprised the truck hasn't completely fallen apart with all the bumps and potholes.
We drove back into Milas to a workshop and 20 minutes later it was fixed.
It was a good journey. The weather was glorious and it is so rare for Mr A and I to go anywhere together other than shopping, so it was a real day out for us. We took Poppy with us because I thought it would be good for her to meet Monty out of the home environment...give them a chance to get to know each other before we brought Monty home.
We made a couple of water and toilet stops for Poppy and arrived at the meeting point at about 10.30am. To pass the time we strolled along this pathway surrounded by beautiful trees. A bit later once we had all met and sat having coffee opposite this pathway, a fire broke out which quickly became out of control and destroyed some of these protected trees...such a shame, but typically there were a few people watching and doing nothing. Eventually the police arrived, then a fire truck and the fire was put out.
Joanna arrived, with her friend Kirsty and Monty emerged from the car. He and Poppy hit it off immediately! Sonia arrived shortly after, and when we had finished coffee, we followed her into Gokova to have lunch at her favourite lokanta.
|5 minutes after meeting|
|getting to know his new dad|
|getting to know each other|
At around 1pm we left for the journey home, the back of the truck laden with towels, bedding, a sack of food, and other essentials and goodies, courtesy of the Ovacik rescue group and Sonia, who runs the Gokova Animal Group. I am so grateful to all of these lovely people who care as much about the welfare of the street animals as I do.
We stopped on the way back at a supermarket for me to pick up a little shopping, and when I came out, Mr A had found an area of grass, had Poppy and Monty on their leads, he lying flat on his back with both the dogs jumping all over him. I wish I had a photo of this one!
Considering our truck is a two-seater, I was a little concerned about how I would manage the two dogs. I had visions of them leaping all over the place. I needn't have worried. They were as good as gold. Monty asleep on a blanket at my feet, and Poppy asleep on my lap.
Lots of barking from Sammy, Megan, Blondie and Freddie when we arrived home with the new addition to the family, but within half an hour, and after a lot of bum sniffing, he was well and truly accepted.
|Sniffing of bums and private parts is the best way to make friends!|
|And here they are...altogether...just half an hour after we arrived home. I couldn't have wished for more!|
That is, until Freddie had us up as usual at 5am. And so another day begins!