Well as you can probably imagine, this post will mostly be about my dogs, so if you're getting fed up with my obsession with this, please feel free to read no further.
I will just mention though that Mr A continues to work very hard outside, knocking down walls and rebuilding them, and doing everything possible to stop the rain coming in.
And talking of rain, we have had two days of it, making it impossible to do anything further. But this morning I have woken up to brilliant sunshine, so onwards and upwards. Although I did wake up in the middle of the night with vomiting and diarrhoea...probably something I ate. This is surely one of the times when you recognise true love. Mr A was wonderful and his kindness, not to mention cleaning up the mess, actually made me cry.
So the dogs. I did mention that the growth in Sammy's mouth had returned. It doesn't appear to have grown anymore and as he is eating fine, and his usual lively self, Mehmet the vet and I have decided to leave well alone for the time being. I don't want him to keep having to be cut about unless it's absolutely necessary.
The other dogs are all fine. They spent most of the time in their cosy room while it was raining, but when they popped out from time to time, they did of course take quite a lot of mud back in with them. Mr A decided to retrieve the old sofa that had been demolished by Freddie and attempt a repair. He restuffed it and covered with a thick rug and spent hours sewing it to the sofa. We then moved it back into the dog room. Within 10 minutes Freddie had destroyed all the good work.
Mr A measured up and went off to get a piece of formica covered wood which fits perfectly on the seating area of the sofa. It's now made softer with a folded blanket. OK, Freddie may well chew the blanket, but it's easier to deal with that than piles of sofa stuffing.
I heard from the charity at Ovacik that my new addition to the family, Monty, had his neutering operation yesterday and is recovering well. The vet will check him again today and give him his vaccinations. The lady who runs the charity will also worm him. He should be ready to travel in a couple of days. We may have transport for part of the journey, otherwise we will go over to collect in the truck. We can't wait to meet him and am sure Poppy will be delighted with her new companion.
I don't know how I've ended up with 6 rescue dogs, but I am so happy that I have. When the first couple turned up at the gate earlier this year, I recall one of my followers Kelloggs Ville saying that I ought to seek donations. I dismissed the idea immediately because I don't like to beg for money and I feel this is my responsibility.
A very dear friend of mine died last year from cancer. She was the first friend I made when I came to live in Turkey. During her time here she rescued many dogs and cats, and when she moved back to England she took two of the dogs with her (in those days having to pay for 6 months quarantine for them both), after re-homing all the others.
She left me £2,000 in her will. I wanted to do something to recognise the good work she had done, so I donated some to a few charities. I did use some for my trip to England last Christmas, to be able to buy presents for my family that I normally wouldn't be able to afford, but the rest was set aside to be put to good use. It has since helped me to pay for the four dogs that I took in this year. Their operations, vaccinations, parasite treatment, vets bills, food etc. But it doesn't last forever.
I have tried other means of raising a little extra cash with sponsorship or guest posts on my blog, but this doesn't really seem to be working. Rest assured we do manage to feed and care for our dogs. They always come first with Mr A and I...that will never change.
Winter is coming. We need more blankets for our dogs. We are lucky that our vet charges us the bare minimum for treatment, and supplies the sacks of dog food at a very low price. I also want to do more for the other stray dogs in the village. Winter is so difficult for them and I would love to be able to at least provide them with some food.
Since Kellogg Ville first mentioned asking for donations, it has also been suggested by others as well.
I really don't want to make a big thing of this, and I don't want it to come across as a begging letter. We will always continue to give our dogs the best life possible. But if anyone does feel that they would like to contribute a little something, then I am now no longer too proud to refuse. It can be done by Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org Go to the Paypal link at the top of my sidebar.
BUT, and this is a big but...please do not feel obliged!!