Wednesday, 13 November 2013

And then there were 6

Mr A always like to set off early when we are going anywhere.  He worries about breaking down or getting lost.  Our truck is a little unreliable so I can understand his concern.

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

getting closer

 

 


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!
 
Monty is absolutely delightful.  He is most definitely going to be Poppy's best friend.  He had one wee on the sitting room carpet, which is to be expected, but other than that he settled down well last night in his bed next to Poppy's and slept all night.  



That is, until Freddie had us up as usual at 5am.  And so another day begins!

18 comments:

  1. Welcome home to Monty! It is great that that they all took to each other so quickly, and that you got a nice day out of it, too.

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    1. Hi Vicky. It was a really nice day out in the company of lovely people, and of course an extra member of the family at the end of it!

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  2. Linda, I am so happy for you and of course Monty!! He has settled well and what a lucky dog to have you and Mr. A. You are wonderful people, caring and kind.
    Well done and I look forward to more of the Turkish soap opera saga about the village.XXXF.

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    1. I'm amazed at how quickly he settled Fleur. Thankyou for your kind comment...we do what we can...as do you.

      Yes..the village soap opera...more to follow xx

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  3. We have supported the Ovacik group as that's where our house is, glad to see it's going well. When the children were smaller we sponsored a dog, they got completely the wrong idea and thought we would be given a dog for when we were there! they were properly looking forward to it too :)

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    1. Lovely to hear you supported the Ovacik group auntiegwen. They do such wonderful work, and they sorted everything out ready for Monty to come here.

      Young kids don't really get the sponsoring thing do they?

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  4. These are great pictures Ayak. Monty and Poppy are clearly going to be great friends. I am so pleased the day out proved to be a good one, although blocked fuel intake and forest fires might have spoiled it for you, if you had let them. Good luck in the next few days as your enlarged family gets to know each other better. Jx

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    1. Thanks Janice. Today has been great. Monty loves being outside on the balcony when I'm there, also having a bit of fun with the others. When I'm in the house he is my little shadow...follows me everywhere...even to the toilet. xx

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  5. so so cute and so happy he's settled in :) xxx

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    1. Thankyou Danni. He's gorgeous isn't he?

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  6. Well, Poppy certainly has a new friend...one her own size....and all the sniffing went well....and what a good little dog Monty is to settle so quickly in the car and at home.
    He must have sensed the loving atmosphere.

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    1. He really is a dear little chap Helen and very lovable x

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  7. Aww, such a happy family! Hugs to all!

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    1. Thankyou Deniz. They all seem very happy x

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  8. Monty looks like the perfect special companion for Poppy, Ayak, even to sizer and colour. :-) Sorry the journey there had its hitches, but it looks like your enlarged family is going to be very happy together. Dogs are pack animals in any case, so for them the more the merrier. :-)

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    1. He is just the right size for Poppy, Perpetua. Not so much chance of being stepped on...she has to dart about avoiding the feed of the big dogs at times. They are all getting along very well.

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