Tuesday, 30 December 2014

FACEBOOK UPDATE

This is my Facebook update today, for those of you who are not on Facebook, for information :

Good news for a change. An update for those who have been following the stories of the dogs in our village.
The dog who was poisoned and who we managed to get to the vet clinic on Friday, has fully recovered and has been discharged from the clinic. He is being taken to the sanayi where the worker who has adopted Kahve will be keeping an eye on him.
Kahve has settled well there. The man lives above his workshop so is always there. He will also be feeding the other dogs there if we provide food,
Bob, the dog who was shot. He has been in the clinic for more than 5 weeks. Because it took us a week to catch him, his leg was badly infected and took some time to heal before he was operated on. He has also made a good recovery and is being discharged today. My husband will be taking him to his new home in Oren.
Apologies for posting some distressing photos recently on my page which I am informed were upsetting to some people. I have deleted them now, but I don't regret posting them because it's important that people are aware of what's happening. I can assure you that the reality is far worse than any photo. 

Monday, 29 December 2014

Moving forward

I've been updating the situation with the village dogs on Facebook as well as on here, but of course not all of my blog followers use Facebook, so I wanted to let you know that we have the situation more or less under control now.

Mr A took Kahve, the only dog remaining in the village since the spate of poisonings, to Milas shelter.   He loves this dog and I'm afraid he just could not leave him at the shelter.  Kahve is a soft and gentle soul, and he would have been bullied in this overcrowded shelter.  So he took him to our vet, had his vaccinations done, worm and flea treatment, and then he brought him home and we tried desperately for hours to get our dogs to accept him.

It didn't work.  The 7 big dogs barked furiously and wouldn't accept him into their area.   The 4 small dogs were much the same, except for Monty (bless his heart) who accepts anyone.   Kahve was scared and eventually sat by the gate trembling.

Mr A took him up to the industrial estate where there are other dogs and he seemed much happier.  Sometimes we have to accept that some of these dogs don't want to be confined, they want to run free.

When Mr A went up to the estate yesterday morning he found a very happy and relaxed dog, who mixed well with the others.



But the best news of all was that a man who works there has adopted him.  He already has the other little dog in this picture.



This man has also agreed to feed all the other dogs too, including the poisoned dog currently in the vet clinic, who will be collected today and taken there. * see update below. We have to provide food of course.  We have now paid a huge vet bill for the poisoned dog, and Bob's operation, treatment and 5 weeks stay in the clinic,.  In this respect we need more donations.  Please help if you can.

Bob will be discharged at the end of the week and we will take him over to Oren, where a home is waiting for him.

At this point in time, there are no strays in our village.  But we have no doubt more will arrive and we will have to deal with this as and when it happens.  In the meantime, Mr A and I have written strong warnings on our village Facebook page, talked to people, and both the Muhtar and Hoca have put out announcements on the public address system to tell people not to kill the dogs.  If they have any problems with them, then they must inform Mr A and he will deal with it.

Apart from providing food for all the industrial estate dogs from now on, we will monitor the situation regularly, to make sure that the man who has Kahve keeps his promise, and that all dogs are being fed and cared for.

It's been a dreadful week, but we have to try to remain optimistic and just move forward.

Update on the dog that was poisoned and we had hoped he would be ready to leave the clinic today. He is very poorly again. There's a strong possibility that there is liver damage. He remains in the clinic and the next few days will give us some indication how bad this is, 

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Frantic Activity

I was about to call this post Frantic Friday, to update on yesterday's activity but realised that it was in fact Saturday yesterday, and I somehow seem to have lost a day....or lost my mind....or both!

Up as usual around 5.30am to feed our 11 dogs.  Coffee and a discussion about what to do next to try to solve the problems we face at the moment.

We set off to the vet clinic later, taking Timmy with us.  We noticed a little blood in his poo so wanted to check him out.  His bowel movements are normal.  He's not ill...quite the opposite in fact.  He was given the once over and Mehmet thinks he has probably been chewing on twigs that have blown into the garden.  Nothing serious.  He's a greedy little boy and not only eats his food...separated from the rest in the bedroom...but if I don't pick up the other little dogs' dishes quickly, he'll get stuck in to them too.

The dog who was poisoned on Friday has made a good recovery.   He has had lots of injections and serum and is walking about, but he will stay in the clinic until Monday just to be safe.

Bob is also doing well.  He had his operation earlier this week, and has a home to go to in Oren.  He will be discharged at the end of the week and we will take him there.

Thanks to all your donations, I was able to pay the vet bill up until yesterday for Bob, who has been in the clinic for 5 weeks, for the poisoned dog, and to stock up on more sacks of food.   My funds are pretty much depleted now, so further donations would be more than welcome at this time.

We are now almost certain that most of the dogs Mr A had been feeding daily in the village have been poisoned, or disposed of in some way.  It is utterly heartbreaking and I still fail to understand this mentality.  These dogs pose no threat.  They are fed every day, and even if they do chase chickens, is it really necessary to kill the dog?   Mr A got the Muhtar and the Hoca to put announcements out on the public address system to tell people that  if they had problems with street dogs to contact us, not to kill them...we would deal with it.

This message is probably too little too late.

There was only one dog remaining in the village...Kahve...who we treated for mange months ago, fed along with the others, and Mr A had built up a wonderful relationship with him.   We had to try to get him to safety.



Mr A decided to take him over to Milas shelter, not a perfect solution, but better than leaving him in the village.   Unfortunately, when he got there he just couldn't leave him there.  It's overcrowded already and soft gentle Kahve would have been bullied in such a confined space.

He brought him home desperately hoping that our dogs would accept him.   We really tried, but the 7 big dogs have become so territorial that they won't accept another dog of similar size.   The 4 little ones weren't terribly happy about it either but I hoped they might allow him in their territory.   We kept him on the balcony.  Mr A went out to ask around for a safe place for Kahve.  I spent the evening on the balcony with Kahve and the 4 little ones, with the 7 big ones all barking frantically.  I'm well aware that we are being tolerated by our neighbours, but if we don't keep all this under some sort of control, their patience will wear thin.

Mr A came home and took over.  Kahve just does not want to stay here.  He feels intimidated.  I posted on Facebook to try and find him a home, and lots of people shared my post...thankyou.

Eventually, as he was crying and trembling at the gate, Mr A made the decision to take him up to the industrial estate on the main road.  There are many dogs there, but the workers tolerate them, and they are fed scraps.  We also supplement this with the occasional sack of food.  There are lots of places to shelter from bad weather.   .

Kahve was happy at last.  He loves other dogs and they just accepted him. We  have to realise that some dogs just want to run free.  Most importantly...he is safer there than in the village.  He is a lovely dog and we are still open to anyone wishing to adopt him.  He is so affectionate and needs lots of love.  He would fit in with a family perhaps who have other dogs who are willing to accept him into their territory.

On the way back from Milas shelter, Mr A took Kahve to our vet and had him vaccinated.  If anyone does decide to adopt him, we would be happy to get him neutered too.

Mr A will go up to the estate again today and talk to the workers he knows and let them know why we've put another dog there.  We will also do the same with the poisoned dog on Monday.  It means of course that because we will want to make sure these two dogs are fed and healthy, we will also be back to feeding the others there.  It would be impossible not to.   But it hopefully provides a solution if any others are dumped in our village....because inevitably this will happen.

Solving these problems isn't easy  but we've done the best we can under very difficult circumstances.

We will need more food now so once again, thankyou to all of you have donated recently, and anyone wishing to donate, please know that every little helps.

You will find the Paypal button at the top of the page.



Saturday, 27 December 2014

UPDATE ON VILLAGE DOGS

Thankyou for your comments on my previous post and forgive me for not responding as I usually would, but it's been a difficult couple of days here.  I am writing this post quickly, early this morning, and won't have time to edit so excuse any mistakes.  But we have a lot to do today.

We had a very pleasant Christmas Day here but it was spoilt by knowing that two of the dogs we feed had been poisoned and dumped in rubbish bins.  Mr A is heartbroken.  He had built up such a good relationship with these dogs.   We are certain more dogs have been disposed of, as only one dog turned up for feeding last night...the brown dog we call Kahve.

I had a frantic call from Mr A when he was down in the village to say that he had found another dog who had been poisoned.  He was still alive.  There was no time for me to get down to the village.  He phoned Mehmet, our vet, who drove to the clinic and Mr A and a friend picked up the dog and rushed him there.





He was given a fair number of injections and put on a drip.  A little later he seemed brighter, but Mehmet has told us that we cannot be too optimistic yet as the next couple of days will show whether this dog will survive or not.

Mehmet is just so busy, and also his wife Ayca.  They have so many dogs to treat now.  Some of you may have seen the horrific photos I posted on Facebook of a dog who was shot for chasing chickens in another village near Milas.  I don't normally post anything so graphic but I was so angry yesterday and felt it necessary for people to be aware of what goes on here.

Ayca tried for two days to save this poor animal, but he died.  Cause of death: massive blood loss and trauma.  Had he miraculously survived he would have been left with only one leg.  Can you imagine the horror?  No vet should be faced with this.  Ayca is understandably distraught and angry.  She has found out who the culprit is and they have been reported to the authorities....for what it's worth.  No appropriate punishment is handed out here...he'll probably get a fine.  It's disgusting but it's how it is.

The poisoned dog remains in the clinic.  Mehmet had run out of blankets, so Mr A wrapped the dog in his coat.  We will be going down to see him this morning.



Bob is still in the clinic...over a month now....but he has had his operation and is recovering well.  He will probably be ready to be discharged at the end of the week.  Thankfully some good news (we really need some good news!)  A woman in Oren is going to adopt him.   We will take him there next week.  We will also pay for him to be neutered, something Mehmet preferred to leave until after his recovery.

Mehmet has given us names to contact about a shelter in Tusla, on the way to Bodrum.  We are desperate to get Kahve to safety and also the poisoned dog if he recovers.  I have sent Facebook requests to these contacts, but will also get phone numbers from Mehmet this morning.  Fingers crossed they will take the dogs.  Mr A will offer to do any odd jobs or building work at the Tusla shelter, when he has time, as a way of thanking them if they are willing to take the dogs.

Failing this, we will take them up to the industrial estate.  There are a lot of dogs there but they seem to be safe.  They are fed scraps by the workers, and we supplement this with the occasional sack of food.

If any more dogs turn up in the village we will take them to the estate and continue to feed them, and the others there.

Mr A has written on our village Facebook page.  He is angry and he wants people in this village to know that we will do everything we can to find out who has killed these dogs and attempt to get them prosecuted.

I'll update when I can.


Friday, 26 December 2014

And the cruelty continues

The dogs that are fed every day in the village by Mr A have been disappearing.  He has been concerned for three or four days by their non-appearance at feeding time.

Last night he did some investigating.  He made some phone calls and he talked to the men in the teahouse.   He now has allies amongst the teahouse men.  They see him feed the dogs and his interaction with them and their mentality is slowly starting to change.

Do you remember this lovely kangal?  Mr A has become particularly fond of him.  We gave him flea and worm treatments and put a collar on him. He was fed every day and was happy.  He posed no threat to anyone.




He is amongst those dogs who have disappeared in recent days.  Mr A has now found out that he, and another labrador-type dog, were found dead and dumped in the rubbish bins when the refuse collectors came to empty them....clearly poisoned.

We are distraught and angry beyond belief.  Someone in this village is killing these dogs and we are determined to find out who.   The teahouse men have promised Mr A that they will find out what they can.  In the meantime, Mr A will be making more phone calls today to the Belediye, and if necessary the Governor of the Province.   All this has been done before, and I won't hold my breath that we will get anywhere...but we have to try.

Sometimes I just want to run away from this place.  Mr heart is breaking for these innocent animals.  When will this end?

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful and Healthy New Year.


Lots of love from me, Mr A,  Megan, Sammy, Blondie, Freddie, Chas, Dave, Melek, Monty, Tommy, Fistik and Timmy xxx

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Back to Bob

I have to admit to letting Mr A do the regular checks on Bob.  You probably all know what I'm like by now.  I just cannot remain detached and if I have too much contact I get  too close to these dogs.  I know that we cannot take him into our family once he is better, because the other big dogs won't accept him.  So I'm a bit of a coward.  As long as he is getting treatment I am happy.

He.....yes he is a "HE".  It seems that either Mr A can't tell the difference between girls and boys, or perhaps Bob isn't very well endowed.   But to be fair, he has concentrated more on Bob's leg than examining him elsewhere!

Bob has now been in Mehmet's care since 22nd November.  He has been treated with intravenous antibiotics and regular changes of dressings and it has been working, slowly but surely.  (Sorry I don't have any up to date photos...Mr A's phone battery was dead when he visited the clinic yesterday but Mehmet will send me some photos in the next couple of days to show progress).

The operation will take place some time in the next few days, and he will also be neutered at the same time.

We have been trying to find somewhere safe for him to go when he leaves the clinic and Mehmet and his wife are trying to help us with this.   They know someone in Oren who may be able to help. I don't know the full facts but this person has rescued dogs from this area and taken them to a sanctuary in Istanbul, providing they are neutered and vaccinated.  All this is a little vague at the moment but we are keeping fingers crossed that this could be the solution for Bob.

His stay in the clinic has exceeded the 20 days that was first anticipated, so naturally the bill is creeping up.  We are so grateful for donations already received, but would welcome more...every little helps, no matter how small.

Mr A feeds the village dogs every evening when he visits the teahouse.  He has such a good relationship with these dogs.  They all wait at a distance from the teahouse but as soon as he arrives they come running.  It's a deliberate act on his part to feed them in full view of the men in the teahouse, to show that these dogs pose no threat and are lovely gentle creatures if they are treated well.  It seems that the message is slowly getting across.   He also feeds some of them again in the morning...those that need fattening up a bit more.

The 2 new members of our family, Timmy and Fistik, are settling in very well.  Fistik loves to play with Monty and Tommy and they all get on so well.  Timmy is pretty much house trained now...but has the odd accident which is only to be expected.   He had another visit to the vet yesterday.  He seemed to have a problem with his mouth and would cry if it was touched, so we decided to get it checked out.  It was nothing serious, just a baby tooth ready to come out so a little sore.  Mehmet gave him a painkilling injection anyway, and now he is fine.

 The newly created separate areas for the 7 big dogs, and particularly the cemented area, are so much easier to keep clean now.  We bleach and hose down every day.  The gate between the two areas is left open all day for all of them to come and go, and they particularly enjoy a little suntrap in the cemented area.

At night, the gate is closed.  Chas, Dave and Melek retire to their kennels under the shelter, and Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie to their "bedroom" in the old house at the back.    We get the occasional night when all is quiet, but if a fox or another dog is spotted outside, then all 7 dogs bark furiously.

Timmy, Tommy, Monty and Fistik all sleep in the house, in the bedroom.  We don't hear a sound from them until morning.

We are up at around 5.30am to feed them all.....and another day begins.

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Gokova Animal Rescue

During the time that I have been rescuing street dogs and continuing to feed more in our village I have been amazed and delighted at the support I receive from other animal rescue groups in Turkey.

I wanted to mention one person in particular who has given me support, advice and friendship...Sonia Garnett...who runs the small charity Gokova Animal Rescue.

I first met Sonia when we drove over to Gokova to collect Monty.  She is utterly dedicated to the cats and dogs in Gokova.  We drove over to her house again recently when we collected Timmy, and decided there and then to take Fistik as well.   Sonia had been fostering Fistik since last May but it was difficult to rehome her (I can't imagine why, because she is adorable).  Sonia's garden is not secure enough to prevent Fistik from escaping, and she very reluctantly had to put her on a chain.  Something that goes against everything she and I believe in.   So we happily took her home.

I copied the following from the Gokova Animal Group facebook page.  Sonia's own words, which pretty much sums up what she does.

These are the rescue cats and dogs that live with me at the present time, some are permanent residents and some are available for adoption. How do I decide who is permanent and who is suitable for adoption? Well once treated, if a cat or dog is healthy and has no ongoing health problems they are put up for adoption.If they are disabled or have ongoing health issues they stay with me. Homes are extremely difficult to find and generally people are more likely to offer offer a home to a healthy animal than to one that needs ongoing health care. Why don't I keep them all? I simply don't have the space and resources. It is your kind and generous donations that help support all of these rescues as well as the many street cats and dogs that Gokova Animal Rescue feed and provide neutering and healthcare for. Without your help many of these animals wouldn't be alive today. Your donations allow me to continue my voluntary work making their lives as happy and as comfortable as I can and for this Gokova Animal Rescue is truly blessed to have such wonderful supporters and friends that care so much. Huge thanks to you all x ·

I've seen Sonia referred to as an Angel on a Scooter.  I think the animals she cares for certainly see her that way.

This is the link to GOKOVA ANIMAL RESCUE on Facebook, if you would like to follow and support the work that Sonia does.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Our Sanctuary

Between showers during the past week or so, Mr A has been working hard on completing the fencing and cementing of the separate dog areas.  Our garden and home has become a dog sanctuary.  I almost used the word "shelter" but as those of you involved in animal rescue here in Turkey will understand, the word shelter often conjures up a picture of overcrowding, sickness,  and not the best environment for dogs and cats.  

If it wasn't for the tireless work  by volunteers all over Turkey, these shelters would be much worse.  Thankfully those who care give up their precious time to visit, clean the areas and socialise with the dogs, and generally make their lives more bearable.

Of course we would be delighted if all these dogs had loving homes, and volunteers and charities do as much as they can to make this happen for some dogs.....always a joy to see when this occurs.

So this is our Sanctuary for our 11 rescued dogs where they are fed twice a day, receive all necessary veterinary treatment, have somewhere warm to sleep, and most of all are loved.   Someone recently asked me how it was possible to love 11 dogs equally.  It's easy.  You either love dogs or you don't.  There's enough love for all of them....and they return it tenfold.

Here are some pictures of the work so far.  The fencing and gate has been completed.  The first area which contains the sheltered kennels for Chas, Dave and Melek has now been cemented as you can see.   The fence beyond has a gate leading to the back area of the house where Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie play, and this is left open all day so that all seven dogs can come and go.






Part of the area behind the house still needs to be cemented as and when we can afford it.  Here is Dave examining the work in progress!
Update:  Bob is still with our vet and recovery although slow, is progressing so we are pleased.  It's taking longer than anticipated but Mehmet doesn't want to make a decision on operating until the flesh on the infected leg has completely healed.   We had hoped this would all take a maximum of 4 weeks but it looks like it will be much longer.

And we continue to feed the village dogs, now twice a day.  These dogs come and go, new ones arrive, others leave.  At the moment we only have one female being fed and she has already been spayed.  As soon as we see any other females we will try to get them to our vet to be spayed as soon as we can.

If you want to help us continue with our work then donations are always very welcome.  (See the Paypal button at the top of this page).   Thankyou xx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

A DOG IS FOR LIFE

It's that time of year again.  All over the world people will be celebrating Christmas and they'll be buying presents for their loved ones.   Sadly many of them will buy puppies as Christmas presents, without giving a thought to all the hard work involved in  training a puppy.

The sad fact is that many of these puppies will be dumped or abandoned almost as quickly as the Christmas decorations come down.   Please think long and hard before even considering giving a puppy or dog as a pet.

Here in Turkey the same problem exists, but not so much over Christmas.  People move here to live, or maybe only stay for a summer season, and they adopt a  puppy or dog from the streets.   Very commendable of course, and we all know how many desperately hungry dogs there are out there and we want to help them.

BUT the most heartbreaking thing about winter arriving here, is the increasing number of dogs dumped or abandoned on the streets.  Many of them wearing collars, which indicates that they were once owned.

I'll never understand how anyone who has owned a dog, even for a short period of time, can actually just dump it on the streets.  Worse still are the numbers of people who take on a dog, then decide to relocate to their home country but won't pay to take their dog with them.  Yes, it's expensive, but surely you'd find the money rather than leave your dog to starve, while you board the plane?

Even if you can't take a dog with you, at least make sure that you find it a good, caring home, well in advance of your leaving date, to make sure your dog is settled with it's new owners.  Don't just hand it over with a sack of dog food to someone who has said they will feed it...maybe until you return.  How do you know this will happen?  It very often does not.,

But the solution to this problem is easy...think before you adopt...if there is the remotest chance that you may leave the country and not be able to take your dog with you, then don't adopt in the first place.  There are many things you can do to help the dogs and cats here.  You can go out and regularly feed a few animals, particularly in winter when food is hard to come by.  Or you can find out where your local shelter is, and join the many volunteers who give up their time to make the animals' lives a little more comfortable.

A dog is a huge commitment.  Make sure you are ready for it.




Tuesday, 9 December 2014

The start of a new week

We've had some storms and an excessive amount of rain over the past few days.Whenever there is a break in the weather, Mr A continues with work on the fencing dividing up areas of the garden to make the dogs safe.

The fencing is just about finished.  These photos are taken from the driveway, with the garden/gazebo behind us.   You can see the first area is where Chas, Dave and Melek have their kennels under the shelter.  Beyond this is another gate leading into the area at the back of the house where Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddie reside.  The gate leading to the second area is open all day so that all 7 dogs can wander in and out of each area.

To the left of both areas is the old house where these four have their bedroom.  (Look at little Timmy in the red jumper getting to know the big dogs through the fence).





The four little ones Monty, Tommy, Fistik and Timmy all live in the house but have the run of the driveway and the area in front of the fence.  When it's not muddy they can also play in the front garden.

We plan to cement the whole of the fenced area as soon as the rain stops and the ground dries out.   It will be easier to keep the areas hosed down and clean.....essential now that we have 11 dogs.

More dogs are arriving in the village, some of them with collars, like the one in the picture below who arrived last night.


 They are clearly being dumped.  No doubt word has spread that they are being fed here.   We have to try to keep on top of this if we can.   If too many arrive, then this will cause problems with those people in the village who object to the dogs being here at all.  We will certainly try to start getting the females spayed and avoid any unwanted pregnancies...as and when we can catch them and book them in with our vet.   It would be nice if the Belediye vet at the Milas shelter could take some responsibility for this,  but I won't hold my breath.

Nothing new to report on Bobbie.  She has been at our vet's clinic for more than two weeks  but progress is slow, and nothing more can be attempted until the infection is completely cleared up.  Mr A popped in to see her this morning and says she is doing as well as can be expected.



Friday, 5 December 2014

Thankyou



Update on Bob:  I should have mentioned that we discovered that Bob is in fact a girl.  With all the stress and difficulty in capturing her to take to our vet, we didn't realise until we checked on her later.  So I will now refer to her as Bobbie (sorry little girl).  We were so concerned with the injury that checking to see whether she was male or female was the last thing on our minds.

She has now been in the clinic for two weeks.  Progress is slow, but she is gradually healing.  The fractured bone is exposed but until the infection has been cleared up we can't yet talk about operating.

She is an aggresive dog, but this is understandable because of what she has been through.  She trusts no-one.   She has to be sedated every time her dressing is changed.  She is receiving antibiotics every day, is eating, and doesn't appear to be in any pain.   If we thought she was deteriorating or suffering we would of course make the decision to end her suffering, but Mehmet is confident that there is still hope.   So she will remain in the clinic until everything possible can be done for her.  Keep your fingers crossed for her please.

Since I posted about Bobbie I have had a good response from you kind people, and now have enough money in the pot to cover Bobbie's vet fees.  So a huge thankyou to all of you who have donated, and particularly to those of you who donate on a regular basis.  We, and all the dogs, are immensely grateful.



We continue to feed the dogs in the village every day, and making sure they are all well.  The brown dog, Kahve, has now finished the treatment for her skin condition and is so much better.  Mr A has noticed another new dog who has a few superficial injuries, probably dog bites, so as soon as he can gain his trust and get close enough he will use antibacterial wound powder to help clear these up.

Timmy and Fistik continue to fit in with the rest of the family. Timmy's house training is progressing well and he mostly goes to the toilet outside, with just the occasional accident in the house.  Fistik loves Tommy and Monty and they get on so well together.  We've had a lot of rain over the past couple of days, and they have enjoyed digging in the mud.  You can imagine how much cleaning up there is to do before they are allowed back into the house!

Mr A is still working on the fencing and gates in the garden to make separate areas for the dogs, so that the little ones aren't intimidated by the big ones.  There has been a lot of growling from Chas, Dave and Melek, but this is gradually settling down.  When they are in their own areas, they will all be able to sniff each other through the fence, and this will  lead to them accepting each other and
eventually they will all socialise.

This worked for us when we introduced Chas, Dave and Melek to the family when they were just 4 weeks old.  Now they are big they often play with the other 4 big dogs at the back of the house, and all get on well.  The safety of all of the dogs, particularly the little ones, is of most importance at the moment.

Thankyou again everyone who has supported us and enabled to make all this possible.



If you wish to help us look after our 11 rescues and the strays in our village, you will find the Paypal donate button at the top of this page.

Thankyou xx

Sunday, 30 November 2014

UPDATE on the new members of the family

It's only been two whole days since our new guys Timmy and Fistik arrived, and it's been quite hard work!  

Friday really consisted of my keeping them apart from the 3 big pups as they were all wary of each other, and cleaning up wees and poos.  Fistik is already house trained, but was a little nervous about going outside to the toilet so we had a few accidents in the house.  Timmy is yet to be house trained and as his former fosterer, Rachel, will confirm he assumes it's OK to do wees and poos wherever he likes!

Mr A set off to work but rain stopped play so he returned a couple of hours later.  We took Timmy and Fistik to see our vet, Mehmet.  As Sonia thought, Fistik is about 4 years old, and we established that Timmy is 3 months old.  They were both vaccinated and issued with their pet passports.  I have also given them both flea treatments and Timmy is being wormed.

We bought some more metal posts and chainlink fencing and Mr A started work on separating another area of the garden.  He worked until it was too dark to see and it's not finished yet.

Timmy settles well at night in his bed, and Monty, Tommy and Fistik sleep on the bed, with Fistik jumping down at some point during the night to settle in her own bed.

Yesterday we were up as usual just after 5 am.  We put the loaned travel crate with some cushions down in the enclosed front garden under the gazebo (this part of the garden is intended to be a dog free zone...some hope!)  and put Fistik and Tommy in there.  Monty insisted on joining them and after a while Tommy came back into the house.  Monty and Fistik stayed there all day and had so much fun digging huge holes in the garden.  To be honest, this was really Monty teaching Fistik how to dig.  He did this with the 3 big pups.  Isn't he clever!!!

I put my clothes airer across the balcony steps as a temporary gate to keep Timmy safe and then proceeded to clean the house a bit...it was such a mess.  My friends David and Abdu came over and brought a cage for Timmy.  They were totally enamoured with Timmy and if I hadn't had my wits about me I think they might have popped him in a pocket and taken him home.

After they had gone I set up the cage on the balcony and made it comfortable.  Timmy wandered in and out all day.   I thought that as he is so small (smaller than a cat) I would try using a cat litter tray for toilet training.  It didn't really work, so more pees and poos elsewhere.

Feeding times take a little longer with two additions.  Dave, Chas and Melek are put on chains for feeding.  I also do this if they have chewsticks now as Dave and Melek tend to fight over them, and we have had a couple of nips on ears.   Monty and Fistik were fed under the gazebo, Tommy in the kitchen, Timmy on the balcony, then I took food out to Megan, Sammy, Blondie and Freddy in their area at the back as usual.  Both Timmy and Fistik are eating well, although Timmy nibbles on his small dog biscuits throughout the day.  None of the others attempt to eat his food.

I brought Fistik and Monty inside one at a time, first having to wash their extremely muddy feet on the balcony.

Last night they all settled well again.  We were up this morning just after 5am.  No wees or poos at all on the bedroom floor.   Mr A took Monty, Tommy and Fistik down to the front garden to go to the toilet.  I carried Timmy down there inside my dressing gown, put him on the ground and he immediately had a wee.  Good boy!   I brought him back inside and we had coffee.  He started to fidget a bit so I took him back down to the garden and he immediately had a poo.  Of course I don't expect this to be the end of house training, but it's certainly a good start.

It's now 6.45am and we have all come back to bed.  Mr A isn't working today so intends to finish the fencing.   So far so good!  Here are a few photos for those who haven't seen them on Facebook.

Timmy in his new hoody

Fistik is Daddy's girl and just loves a tummy rub

Time for bed for Monty (top), Tommy and Fistik

Fistik and Tommy...it must be love! (with Monty looking on)

Bedtime for Timmy






Friday, 28 November 2014

Two Fistiks for the price of one! And now there are 11!

As arranged we set off to Gokova last night to collect the tiny dog Fistik, mentioned in my last post.

Chris and Pat, volunteers with the Marmaris Animal Rescue group, drove up from Marmaris with Fistik to meet us and also Sonia from Gokova Animal Rescue group.  We all went back to Sonia's house and the dogs played happily together, even with all of Sonia's rescue cats around (although Tommy couldn't resist barking at them).

Those of you on Facebook may recall my sharing a post of Sonia's about a dog she has been fostering, and bringing back to good health...a little girl...also called Fistik.  Here is the Facebook post:


 
 I hate doing this but I have had to chain Fistik. I can't keep her safe here, my balcony is not enclosed and I don't have a secure garden. I can't keep her shut in the house either, because the door and window is always open for the cats and she gets out of the window!. She is far too small and it is to dangerous for her to be wandering the streets alone for over 3 hours. Fistik needs more time and attention than I can give her, she so desperately needs a home where she will be someone's companion dog. She is only small, cute and such a happy little doggie. Please share and lets see if together we can find her a forever home.

We all fell in love with Fistik and we decided that we would adopt her too.  Little Fistik's name has now been changed to avoid confusion to Tiny Tim...or Timmy as we have started calling him.

After a pleasant evening at Sonia's we set off for the journey back home.

Mr A and I. From left to right Tommy, Monty and Fistik. (I'm holding Timmy.  Isn't he tiny?)
Timmy slept on my lap in the front of the car, whilst the other three slept on the back seat, curled up in a travel crate that Sonia has loaned me in case I need to use it for Timmy if we go out.   (I must try to get a proper dog cage for Timmy, but the crate will do in the meantime).

The journey took a bit longer than expected as there was a traffic police stop on the way.  We were stuck there for half an hour and it turned out that one of Mr A's papers was two days out of date...so a 60 lira fine.  Just what we needed!

We arrived home at about 11.30pm and I waited in the car with the 4 little ones whilst Mr A put Chas, Dave and Melek on their feeding chains, to enable us to bring the newbies inside on leads to go to toilet in the garden...which they didn't because all the dogs were barking, including my 4 big ones and this was pretty intimidating.

We will introduce them all within the next couple of days when they have all calmed down.

We then brought them into the house, along with the crate, two dog beds, and various other useful items that Sonia gave me.

Two wees and one poo on the carpet...not sure who did them...but cleaned up and off to bed.   Tommy and Monty adore Fistik...it's like they've always been together.  All three slept on the bed and at some point during the night Fistik jumped down and settled in her own bed in the corner.  Timmy settled straight away into his bed.  I woke up a 5.30am as he was throwing up...I suspect due to him tucking into the cat biscuits at Sonia's house!    There was a wee and poo on the floor, actually right by the door so that's a good sign.   Also Fistik has done a wee and poo in the kitchen this morning.  She is house trained but naturally she is wary of going out into the garden so soon, so it's no problem.

I have put the travel crate on the balcony and left the balcony door open so that they can wander in and out today, but otherwise I will keep them inside.   Mr A has gone to work, and I have come back to bed with my laptop.  Tommy, Monty and Fistik are asleep on the bed next to me, and little Timmy is asleep in his bed on the floor.....peace!  I don't know how long it will last, but I'll make the most of it!

Tomorrow Mr A will start yet again on adapting our garden to suit all the dogs.  More fencing and metal posts to buy to create another separate area for Chas, Dave and Melek where their shelter and kennels are situated.  But this will also have a gate into the large area at the back so that they can join Sammy. Megan, Blondie and Freddie during the day to play, then back to their area at night to sleep.  This will leave the driveway and front of the house for Monty, Tommy, Fistik and Timmy.   When both Mr A and I are around, we will gradually get all the dogs together to allow them to socialise.  The most important thing is for them all to be happy and safe.

Can you remember all the times I've rescued a dog and I've said "that's it..no more"?   Mr A and I keep saying it to each other over and over again.  Who are we kidding?   We are completely mad but we and our furry family are happy so that's all that really matters isn't it?

And then there were 11.....


Thursday, 27 November 2014

Thursday Update and a new addition to our family!

Firstly Bob:

There isn't very much to report on Bob, other than he is hanging in there and seems to be doing OK.,  Slowly but surely.  There are no signs that the infection has spread as yet, so clearly Mehmet is keeping it under control.   We are avoiding popping into the clinic too much.  They are very busy there and we are always reluctant to interrupt their work.  We get phone updates from Mehmet, and if there was any cause for concern he would let us know.  Otherwise, we leave him to get on with the job that he does so well.

We are gradually naming the "regulars" who stand waiting for Mr A to feed them every evening.  The dog who was shot is called Pasha, the brown dog is called Kahve, and another female who I don't seem to have a photo for is called Cindy (this was decided upon by Mr A who has always had a bit of a crush on  Cindy Crawford!).  Cindy is a retriever type dog who has had several litters of pups.  She was amongst those gathered up by the Belediye some time ago and taken to the Milas shelter to be spayed.  She has the ear tag to signify this.

She was very thin when she was returned from the shelter and has been fed well by us since, and is now very healthy....and no more litters...I'm sure she's had enough of being pregnant!

There are around 9 or 10 other dogs roaming the village, but we don't always see them.  Occasionally they turn up, but they appear to be well so we assume they are finding food from somewhere.  We feed them anyway.

Two more new dogs appeared last night.  One seems to have a bad leg, but he disappeared as fast as he came, so Mr A couldn't get close enough to examine him.

The other new one is a Kangal, who, because of his size, caused the men in the teahouse to stand clear.  Mr A however has no fear, and here he is making friends with him. I'm thinking of calling him Aydin, as here he is outside the Aydin teahouse.

Isn't he a big boy?


We will of course feed him and any others that appear, and try to catch any who need vet treatment.

Mr A and I discussed the possibility of building some kind of shelter down in the village for the dogs, and to put blankets inside.  Somewhere for them to seek refuge from the rain and cold.   Sadly it's something we don't dare attempt to do, because Mr A tells me that the men in the village blame everything on the street dogs.  They say they kill and eat their chickens.  They probably did when they were starving, but we know that when dogs get regular food every day, they tend to stop doing this.  My rescues at home were the same.  Now they have no interest in the chickens.

If we were to provide a shelter, Mr A says the men would know where to find them and there would be a risk of them being shot.  We have a lot of derelict houses in the village and we are pretty sure the dogs move around from one to the other to find shelter and stay safe.

Finally, we are collecting another pup in desperate need tonight.  This little boy, Fistik, is about 10 weeks old.  He was originally in a shelter and taken by a volunteer for fostering as he had an infection.  This was cleared up with vet treatment. One of the other pups being fostered developed an infection and Fistik was removed from the fosterer to avoid cross infection,  This was the plea for help from Chris at the Marmaris Animal Welfare group on Tuesday:

URGENT PLEA FOR A FOSTER CARER FOR FISTIK - Fistik was being fostered by Rachel  along with Siyah, two pups from the Pound. Another foster home had been found for Fistik but this has unfortunately fallen through. We now have a dilemma, as Siyah is not well and to avoid cross infection Rachel can't take Fistik back. Please please is there anyone who can foster for a few weeks while a permanent home is found?
Fistik is tiny, he's going to be a very small dog. If a foster home can't be found TODAY then he will have to return to the Pound, where he will have to sleep in the rat infested portacabin as there's nowhere he can go which is safe as he's so small.
He's a lovely little pup, loves being carried around, almost a tea cup pup!
Please please can anyone help?
 Tiny Fistik


I offered to give him a permanent home, as it is well know that these tiny dogs do not do well in shelters, and often don't survive.  I had already made plans to go to Koycegiz this coming Sunday for the Christmas Fayre, and we were to collect Sonia from Gokova Animal Rescue on the way.   So pleas for a temporary foster until Sunday were put out on Facebook, and Chris managed to find someone in Marmaris to keep him until then.

This fosterer fell in love with Fistik and asked if she could keep him.  I was asked if I minded, which of course I didn't.  The aim was to find a home for this little guy, and that seemed to have been achieved...so we hoped this would be his happy ending.  The power of Facebook never ceases to amaze me.  Good teamwork by Marmaris Animal Welfare too.

I was contacted this morning and informed that the placement had not worked out, and would I still take him.  Of course I said I would, and Mr A felt that the sooner we collected him the better.  He needs to be house trained, and there has been so much disruption already in his short life.    

So this evening when Mr A finishes work, we are attempting to arrange for us to drive to Gokova.  We will meet up with Sonia (which I am looking forward to), and hopefully Chris will be able to drive from Marmaris to meet us with Fistik.
Plans are yet to be finalised, but hopefully Fistik will be with us tonight or as soon as possible.

We weren't looking for another dog.  I would have loved to have given a home to Bob once his treatment is finished, but having twice attempted to take in big dogs in recent months it has proved impossible.  My 7 big dogs just won't accept them.  Bob will be vulnerable after everything he has been through so I can't risk bringing him here where the others might attack him.

We will try our utmost to find a home for him, but if not will put him back in the village in his familiar surroundings and continue to care for him along with the others.

Fistik will be fine.  There is room on the bed for another little one with Monty and Tommy, and all the big dogs are tolerant of the little ones and accept them readily.

So ......... then there were 10!!!

 





Monday, 24 November 2014

UPDATE on Bob and other village dogs

For those of you who didn't see my status on Facebook on Saturday, I'm copying it here because it is self-explanatory:

A street dog called Bob. For those of you who read my last blog post, he was referred to as the dog with the broken leg. We have been trying desperately to catch him to get treatment but he has remained elusive for the past week.
This morning it was obvious even at a distance that his leg was badly infected, so drastic measures needed to be taken, and with the help of a borrowed tranquiliser gun Mr A was able to capture him and take him to our vet.
He will remain in the clinic for around 20 days. It will probably take about 10 days for the infection to clear before he can be operated on. Our vet Mehmet will try to save the leg, but we should be prepared for amputation if necessary. He is now in safe hands at last and I will update when I have more to report.
Then a little later:

Bob is with our vet in Milas now. The infection is quite bad and has been cleaned thoroughly and he is on antibiotics and serum. It would seem that he was shot and the bullet passed through the bone. It will be cleaned and redressed every 2 days and should take 10 days to clear up. Our vet Mehmet says that he is hopeful that he can operate and save the leg as the nerves aren't damaged.



I was unable to get to the clinic yesterday as Mr A was working and the buses are so infrequent on Sundays, that I missed one and then had no idea when another one would come along.  However, Mehmet wasn't at the clinic yesterday, just his staff, but we phoned to check and Bob is doing OK.  It's early days of course so we can't expect too much as yet, but we will be going down this evening to see him.

I have some veterinary wound powder which was given to me by Sonia at Gokova Animal Rescue, and another "friend" of the street animals in Turkey, Emma, brings supplies of this from the UK for several rescue groups.  She has kindly offered to supply more.  She has messaged Sonia, who I will see next Sunday, who will give me more, which Emma will replace.   Mehmet is using something very similar at the moment on Bob, but he will probably run out in 2 or 3 days, so we will give him our supplies tonight.   I will also give him some more when we collect on Sunday.  This will  help to bring down the total bill for Bob's treatment.  So thankyou to Emma (and Sonia), as this is considered to be a donation, for which we are very grateful.

When Bob has had his operation, he will also be neutered and vaccinated and given his pet passport.  I would dearly love to find a good home for him.  In this respect I will post photos on Facebook in the next 10 days or so, when he is well on the road to recovery.

The brown dog I referred to in my earlier post, is now eating well.  He is being given a course of immune booster, and he is on a course of treatment for his skin condition, which is already working as you can see in the photos.  I would also like to get this boy neutered and vaccinated at some point.
Before food and treatment(taken at night so photo a bit dark)

Improving every day


The dog who was shot, but whose wound had healed, is also eating well and looking much healthier.  Again, we would like to neuter and vaccinate this boy, and also to have Mehmet check him over and make sure that he is OK.

Before we started feeding

A healthier and more trusting dog now having a cuddle with Mr A.

We will of course face a bill at the end of all this, particularly for Bob's treatment,  so donations at this time would be very much appreciated.   No matter how small...every little helps.

Please help if you can.  You will find the Paypal button at the top of this page.

(And please forgive me for the constant appeals for money.  It really isn't in my nature to plead for help, but these dogs need it...Thankyou)



Friday, 21 November 2014

It never rains, but it pours ....

....literally and metaphorically.

We did get some rain this week.  Quite a lot, but the sun is shining today and it's gradually drying out.

It's been a week of problems with the car, and workwise for Mr A.  There has been no work at the boatyard since Tuesday, and we are not certain when it will start again.  Needless to say, Mr A still hasn't been paid, but he's hopeful it will be today.  I'm my usual pessimistic self when it comes to Mr A being paid...so we'll see.

He had an appointment at Mugla hospital yesterday at 9.00am.  When he returned to the car, it wouldn't start.  He managed to find a mechanic who said that it needed a new dynamo.  He settled for a secondhand replacement, because a new one was just too expensive.  It took pretty much all day to fix, during which time he called in on his cousin and her husband who live in Mugla.  Every cloud...etc.... His cousin's husband owns a tool shop and gave Mr A a tilecutter and another drill type thingy (I'm not into tools), which will be very useful once our business takes off.

Mr A thought he had a job over in Yalikavak for today, but unfortunately the customer decided to use someone local, which is fair enough.  It's only to be expected that this will happen from time to time.

When Mr A returned home from Mugla last night, he hit a fair amount of rain on his journey and as he was almost here he went through huge puddle and the car stopped.  A friend came out from the village to tow him back.  He is as I type, down in the village drying out the engine with my hairdryer (please let the hairdryer come home without any damage!).  There are always problems with our cars, but we only ever have old ones to it's inevitable.  Oh for a lottery win and a brand new car without problems!

As a result of my last post I received a few more donations.  Thankyou so much everyone for your lovely response.  As a result, we were able to get necessary treatments from our vet.

Also, Melek and Dave had quite a nasty fight this week.  It's really my fault.  I bought bones from the supermarket for my rescues and the village dogs.

The 7 big dogs were given a bone each.  (Monty and Tommy have chewsticks rather than bones as they are small).

This is the first time that Chas, Dave and Melek have had bones.  They were very excited and enjoyed chewing them for a couple of hours.   However, once Dave had finished his he attempted to take Melek's and she wasn't happy.  She attacked him and it took both Mr A and I armed with a broom and the hosepipe to seperate them.  As a result Dave had some puncture wounds on his face and ear, which I treated with antibacterial powder.

Just to make sure, we got an antibiotic injection from the vet, and the wounds are healing up nicely.  If I decide to give them bones in future, I will attach them to the chains I use for them when I feed them.   It was a stupid mistake of mine not to do this first...but I've learned my lesson.  

We also got an injection and course of tablets to treat the brown village dog with bad skin, and this has been started.  We  got Monty's booster vaccinations done, and  Mehmet cut both Monty's and Tommy's nails free of charge.  

We have decided that Mr A will use Mehmet's tranquilliser gun to sedate the dog with the broken leg, but we are awaiting the return of the gun from another customer.  This dog remains elusive.  He didn't appear for feeding last night, but probably will today.  It's still difficult to get him to come close, so the gun will hopefully be the answer.

As soon as we are able to capture him, he will be taken to Mehmet's for any treatment necessary.  At the same time he will be neutered and vaccinated.

It is our dearest wish to make sure that all village dogs are neutered or spayed and vaccinated this winter.  With your help we can make this happen, so your donations really are making a difference and of course more are always needed. (As usual you will find the Paypal button at the top of this page).

Thankyou xxx


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

THIS WEEK'S UPDATE

VILLAGE DOGS

During the past week or so a few more dogs have arrived in the village.   They have not been made welcome by people here.   I use the word "people" loosely because I am yet again dismayed at the cruelty inflicted on innocent animals by so called human beings.

Three of the dogs were in a bad way.  Mr A has attempted to find out what happened to two of the dogs, and although people know, no-one will disclose who injured them.

This dog has had his leg deliberately broken:
The photo is not clear as this poor dog just runs when anyone approaches 


This dog has been shot:


And this poor dog is simply starving.

The dog whose leg is broken is very scared.  He doesn't always appear when Mr A goes to feed, and even if he does, food has to be placed on the ground and Mr A must retreat before the dog comes near.  He really is in need of medical treatment...if we can catch him.

Recent attempts to get the Belediye vet to take in more dogs in need of care have not worked, nor has the pressure put on the leader of the Belediye (council) produced any results.  In fact you may recall my mentioning in a previous post that the council leader recently visited the village and Mr A pointed out the problem with the dogs, and the leader suggested poisoning them.

He should know better.  He must be aware of the law in this country that is supposed to protect street animals, and that anyone being deliberately cruel or attempting to kill the dogs is likely to be prosecuted.

Mr A has written about these dogs on our village Facebook page and made it clear that according to the law, anyone discovered being cruel to the street animals will be reported, and that we will not stop until we find out who injured the two dogs above.

We have no choice but to try and get our vet to help us.  Mr A is still trying to gain the confidence of the dog with the broken leg when he appears so that he can catch him and take him to the clinic and Mehmet has agreed do whatever necessary to make sure this dog has no more pain.

The little thin dog seems to have perked up in the last couple of days.  He has  been wormed and  is eating well now.  He has a problem with his skin and we think it could be mange.  I am collecting injections and medication from the vet tomorrow.

Mr A also wormed the dog who was shot.  He has examined the wound which appears to have healed well.  He is eating and gradually appearing healthier.  We will watch him closely and if necessary get Mehmet to check him over.

Most of our donation money has now been used to stock up with food for the winter feeding programme.  We made use of special offers on food at various supermarkets recently, to buy as many sacks of food as cheaply as possible.

If we are going to attempt to get these dogs the treatment they so desperately require, we need more money.   Please help if you can.  You will find the Paypal button at the top of this page.

OTHER NEWS:

Mr A continues to work at the boatyard, although this really depends on the weather.  Because of rain, and the resultant muddy conditions, he has only managed 8 days work out of a possible 17 ...but it is better than nothing.

Of course he hasn't been paid yet.  His friend Bulent has the contract and agreed to pay Mr A 70 lira a day.   Bulent hasn't yet been paid by his customer so he is waiting and Mr A is waiting...this is par for the course.   He has also just told me that he has no work there for a few days from tomorrow.   We are more than used to all this unpredictability!

 There are other possible jobs in the pipeline, but nothing definite as yet.

Finally, yesterday I met up with my friend Elizabeth in Bodrum.  She and two friends travelled from Didim and we had a lovely few hours together.  A very good lunch and a stroll along the harbour on what turned out to be a beautiful sunny day.  Elizabeth, a natural dog magnet, (she has adopted several dogs from Turkey who now live with her in Scotland), saved scraps from lunch and fed a couple of dogs on our stroll.

I must say, the street dogs in Bodrum all seem very healthy and happy...quite a difference from our local dogs.

Elizabeth and me
Thankyou Elizabeth for the dog chews and collars for my dogs, and for the generous donation from you and Robert.

And thankyou everyone who has donated since last winter.  Without your help, none of this would be possible.

It's a beautiful morning here, just perfect for sitting on my balcony while I write this post.   We are having some lovely sunny days at the moment, but it's cold at night so the electric blanket is now in use.

That's all my news for now.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Interviews

From time to time I get emails from people who have started up websites to help expats.

They tell me that they enjoy my blog and could I answer some questions which will be of help to others thinking of moving abroad, and to tell of my experiences, including photographs if possible.

I have responded to one or two in the past.  I was rewarded with their little logos to stick on my sidebar.  I was even awarded a Bronze medal once for an article.

There were competitions on one such website to write about some aspect of living as an expat.  I entered one, and discovered that these weren't necessarily judged on merit, but one had to get others to vote on Facebook.  The number of votes cast would go a long way to determine the winner.

I'm not sure these people actually read my blog.  I believe they just search for expat blogs and send out their standard email, then gather the results which then provides content for their websites.

There's nothing wrong with all this of course.  These websites probably do help a lot of people, but they are not for me.   I have politely declined the latest request.  I don't feel that I have anything to offer expats.  I don't live as an expat.  My life is simple and mostly consists of rescuing and feeding street dogs.   So any interview given by me would probably not be of much interest to those about to emigrate who want to know about all the practicalities of health insurance, buying or renting property, etc.

I do have a few expat friends, but these friendships are really based on what we have in common, rather than because we are all expats.

These interviews also make me a little uncomfortable.  I feel they are intrusive, particularly in terms of the kinds of personal questions asked, and the request for photos.

Like most of my blogging friends, I don't use my real name for blogging.  (Although many of you do know my name through our friendships on Facebook, or by email, and some of you I have been fortuate enough to meet in person).

It's this little bit of anonymity that allows us to share aspects of our life on our blogs that perhaps we wouldn't if we were writing under our real names.

So I have removed the little expat website logos from my blog.  It may mean that I don't have such a wide circulation of my blog link, but I'm happy with that, and with those who already follow me.

Have you received these requests for interviews?  I'm sure some of you have very different opinions to mine, so I would be interested to hear them.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

This week's update

I mentioned in my last post that Mr A had been unwell recently.  He had made several trips to the hospital while I was in England and was due an ultrasound yesterday.

I'm afraid we are both dreadful at getting things checked out when we should, and just put it off until it becomes painful or a nuisance.  I have also been suffering from pains in my chest and heartburn on and off for months, but in recent weeks the condition has been constant.

We decided that yesterday would be a good time to check me out at the hospital too.

We spent almost all day there.  Mr A's ultrasound showed that he has two very large cysts on his liver.  These will be monitored for any change, and may mean surgery.  He has to go back in one month.  He also has an enlarged prostate, which will also be checked again.  He has to start a low cholesterol diet...which will be hard for this man who loves his food...but it's important to keep him healthy,

I saw a doctor about my problem, and he also examined my stomach.  At one point he pressed an area which was so painful that I nearly shot through the roof. I was sent for blood and urine tests and an ultrasound.  The result was a urinary tract infection and a kidney infection.  I then saw a urologist and prescribed lots of medication (as usual Turkish doctors over-medicate).  I did have back and stomach pain after I arrived back from England, but had put it down to lifting my luggage...seems this wasn't the case.

As for the heartburn, the ultrasound showed a gastric/oesphagus problem and I am booked for an endoscopy next Friday.  The results will arrive 15 days after that, at around the time Mr A has another visit to the hospital, so we will go together again.  

I love it that we are doing things together for a change...but wish it was something a little more pleasant than hospital visits!

Whilst waiting for test results, we took the opportunity to feed some cats in the hospital grounds.   We always carry food in the boot of the car.



This week Mr A started work at a boatyard in Gulluk, renovating boats.  He is working with his builder friend Bulent.  It's Bulent's contract so he is paying Mr A a daily rate.  Not a huge amount, but Bulent provides transport and food.  Obviously Mr A would like to start getting his own building work, but this job is very useful in the meantime.  




And as usual Mr A the dog magnet, made friends with a local dog.


We continue to feed the village dogs.....this is one dog who is not as scared as some of the others, and allowed Mr A to take a photo.


As we are trying to make sure that we have enough food to feed dogs through the winter, we are not feeding the industrial estate dogs every day.  They are being fed scraps by workers on the estate, and we are dropping off sacks of food to supplement this, as and when finances permit.

We also gave a small bag of dog food to one of the local shepherds this week for his dog.  This man looks after his dog as best he can, but I felt he needed fattening up a bit, so I'll keep a eye on him.  

Our neighbour, Dursune is feeding half a dozen cats with scraps.  I've also given her some food too, and will help whenever I can.

So that's all my news for now.  Have a good weekend everyone.