...is something that never really leaves me. OK there are times when things happen that make you dislike, or even hate, human beings, particularly cruelty to children and animals. This really gets to me, but I have to tell myself that these are very disturbed individuals, and that most people have a good side to them.
I have recently been overwhelmed by how people want to help. Even people I don't know. Joanna, who volunteered to drive halfway with Monty for us to collect from Gokova, with a couple of big bags of towels and sheets, given by supporters of the Ovacik rescue group. Meeting Sonia who runs the Gokova rescue group, who kindly donated worm tablets and a 15kg sack of food, some dog collars and leads, and a few treats.
I am in desperate need of blankets for the dogs, and I posted on a Bodrum "for sale or swop" Facebook page to see if anyone in the Bodrum area had anything they would be happy to give. I asked that if anyone was coming to the airport or to Milas, that we could collect, or that at some point we would make a trip over to Bodrum to collect.
Immediately, it was picked up by someone called Anna who lives in Bodrum, who not only had items to donate, but also posted it on her own page. People responded, and Anna has kindly been collecting and receiving items and storing them. Someone has also offered to pay for a sack of food for the dogs.
In the meantime, our lovely Annie from BacktoBodrum blog, noticed Anna's post, and offered to bring stuff over from Bodrum to my house. It's possible that there may be too much stuff to fit in to Annie's car, so we thought we would do a trip over in the truck. However, we have problems with it at the moment. Even though the gas cylinder was fixed on our way to collect Monty, it is still jamming on and off. The starter motor is doing the same. I blame these awful roads, so bumpy that old vehicles like ours don't stand a chance.
We're not in a position to pay out to fix it at the moment, so Anna is going to transport as much as she can in her car on Monday, meet Annie in Guvercinlik which is about half way to our village, and Annie will bring it over to us.
I have also received a couple of donations since I put the Paypal button on my blog, and I am just so grateful. We have bought some more sacks of food, and have started feeding some of the strays in the village. I'm hoping that we can continue to do this, and in this respect have completely swallowed the pride I had before about not wanting to ask for anything. It would seem that if the above is anything to go by, people really do like to help.
If you want to donate a little something, the dogs and I will be very grateful. Don't feel obliged however. I know that some of my followers already support good causes closer to their own homes, and others simply can't afford it. And that's fine.
A big thankyou to everyone who has helped me so far. You are amazing xxx