We had to go into Milas on Friday to talk to Mehmet the vet about Poppy. I knew I had to discuss everything that happened, how fast it happened, and what Mehmet had done for her, but couldn't face it for a few days.
We took Monty with us because I found some fleas on him and needed to get some more treatment. I believe he was treated recently, before he came to us, but seems to have picked up these nasty creatures from somewhere so wanted to prevent him passing them on to the others. I use Bayticol solution on the other 4 dogs, because it comes in a large bottle which provides several treatments. It's much the same as Frontline, very effective and it works out cheaper. Vets here won't generally tell you about it because there's less profit, so it's always worth asking. I never used it on Poppy because she was a white-haired dog with more sensitive skin, so because Monty has similar hair and skin, Bayticol wouldn't be suitable for him either. So we used Frontline.
A total bill for Poppy's treatment was worked out, and we paid some of it...the rest will follow in due course. Mehmet is always happy to wait for payment, because not only are we reliable, but he always puts the animals first before money.
While we were in his clinic a tiny dog ran in and jumped on my lap, then onto my shoulder and started licking my face. Apparently Mehmet found him on the street. He knew who it belonged to because he had previously treated him. He contacted the owners who said they no longer wanted him, so Mehmet seems to be stuck with him. His wife (also a vet) said she would be happy to keep him, but if this proves too much for her, as they are always so busy, maybe we will take him.
On the way back we decided to make a detour to the saniye (industrial estate) on the main road near the turn off to our village. Mr A has been there recently and noticed a number of stray dogs. We always carry dried dog food in the truck so we decided to feed some of them.
There weren't as many dogs as there were when Mr A was last there, so we are a little concerned about what has happened to them. No doubt they have been disposed of. However we fed the ones we found. Whilst doing so, a man appeared from one of the workshops and told us about the 4 pedigree pups he had just bought from Izmir. I was just about to open my mouth and Mr A gave me one his looks that says "don't get into an argument". It just makes me so angry when people buy special breeds here, whilst ignoring the starving dogs all around them.
We couldn't get close enough to a few dogs, who were clearly scared, so left the food at a distance from them, but here are some that we managed to feed that weren't so timid:
We would like to continue to feed these dogs, our village strays, and any others we come across, on a regular basis throughout the winter.
I have received donations from some very kind people recently which will enable us to do our best for these dogs. Thankyou so much to those of you who have donated. I am so grateful...and the dogs are too!
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