Mr A continues to work his way through the very long list of jobs to do outside the house. He has more or less finished the area at the side of the house, cemented and ready to be used to park the truck. There is still a bit of the wall to rebuild but it's looking good. He usually takes photos but he was flat out today and didn't get time.
We are lucky that, apart from two days of rain last week, the weather is still quite good, so he is trying to do as much as possible while it lasts. He is about to start on the back of the house next.
However, tomorrow he has a day off because we are going to collect Monty. I have heard from his foster home that he is doing well after his neutering op and vaccinations. As he is an albino, he has had a few problems with his pale skin. He is part way through a course of antibiotics and antihistamines and this will continue when he comes to us. Apart from that I was told today that he's full of beans. Can't wait to meet the dear little chap.
A kind lady has volunteered to drive from Ovacik to Akyaka with Monty, and we will drive to meet her there. She is bringing some blankets and towels donated by Animal Antics at Ovacik, which will be useful not only for my dogs, but hopefully for the village strays when we have established where they are sleeping at night. This would probably be in some of the deserted dilapidated houses dotted about the village.
Another lady who runs the nearby Gokova Animal Rescue charity, is also meeting us at Akyaka and bringing some more essentials and goodies for the dogs. There really are some wonderful people involved in animal rescue in this country.
We are taking Poppy with us so naturally there will be photos of her meeting Monty.
We have to be back home by mid-afternoon as Mehmet the vet is going to try to call in to check on Sammy. A couple of months ago he had what Mehmet thought was a papilloma virus tumour in his mouth. It was growing from the gum over his front teeth. Mehmet removed it by tying it with suture thread, close to the gum, and within a few days it dropped off, leaving the skin clear, as if it had never been there. Unfortunately it has grown back again. Mehmet is pretty sure now that it isn't papilloma virus. In fact having looked at photos on the internet, I'm sure it isn't. They usually appear cauliflower-shaped, and Sammy's lump is smooth.
He has a multi-vitamin tablet every day, and last week we also started to give him extra Vitamin C. We are trying to make him as healthy as possible and help to build his immune system. He also had a course of antibiotic injections last week in case of/or to prevent any infection.
Until yesterday it didn't seem to affect him eating, but now he is finding it a little difficult. Today I also discovered two fatty lumps on his body, but these are the sites where the injections were administered so Mehmet thinks it's a reaction to those. He will pop into check on him tomorrow, but we have an appointment booked for Friday for Mehmet to surgically remove the lump in Sammy's mouth. By then hopefully the lumps on his body will have disappeared, otherwise these will need to be checked further. I'm just hoping that it's nothing more serious.
Megan has arthritis in her legs. Most of the time she is fine, but occasionally she limps and we put her on a course of anti-inflammatories for 7 days and that helps. Touch wood, Blondie and Freddie are in perfect health. Poppy has had a few problems over the years, but they have all been treatable and she is fine.
When you take in dogs who have spent at least the first year of their lives on the streets, it's inevitable that some of them will come with health problems. You only have to look at the rescue charity Facebook pages to see the sorry state of many of the dogs and cats that are being rescued, receiving veterinary treatment, and lots of TLC, to make them healthy, and finally...hopefully...rehome them.
I despair at this country at times, at the way this government simply ignores the problem, leaving it to the minority of animal lovers to voluntarily take responsibility.