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Thursday, 16 January 2014

Fighting a losing battle....

...in more ways than one.

I arrived home on Saturday evening.  On Sunday Mr A started a labouring job.  He was helping to build a wall around a mosque in a nearby village.  The man employing him said that he had lots of work lined up in the area and would pay Mr A 60 lira a day.   This is around £17 for approx. 10 hours work...do the maths...it's not much but to us it is a lifeline.

He turned up again on Monday and did another full days work.   On Tuesday he turned up but there was no sign of the man, and his phone was switched off.  No way of contacting him.  He spent yesterday trying to find out where the man lived, which he eventually did, but no sign of him there.

He then managed to find the person responsible for giving the work to the man, who it seems hasn't yet paid for any of the work carried out.  Mr A has asked this person to pay him (Mr A) direct for his two days work, which he says he will do at the end of this week.   I won't hold my breath.  Again, the same old story...working and not being paid.  In the meantime Mr A is trying to find similar work which he will do on his own.  If he does manage this, then I have said he should ask for money up front before starting work.  He is too trusting...I am most definitely not!

Most of you will know that Mr A has always worked in tourism.  This means 5 to 6 months work each year, mostly on commission, but once the season ends we have to survive the winter on my pension. 

We love our  6 dogs.  We are committed to giving them the best life possible after rescuing 4 of them from their harsh lives on the streets, and giving a loving home to our two recent additions through other rescue groups.  We live a very basic life.  We don't socialise or go out, and we are very economical as far as food is concerned.  The dogs have always been our priority, and if there is a choice between our food and their food...they win every time.

We also do as much as we can for all those strays left on the streets, both in our village and any others we come across when we are out and about.

Thanks to donations over the past couple of months we have been able to do this, but sadly, apart from a commitment from my first ever donor, who has set up a regular payment of £25 per month (Bless you....you know who you are and I won't embarrass you by mentioning your name)   the donations have dried up.   As we suspected, more dogs have turned up in the village this winter. Many have been dumped here.  Those of you living in Turkey will know this to be common practise.  If only people would just address the problem rather than passing it on to others to deal with.

I don't want to turn my back on any of the dogs that need our help, and will continue to feed as many as I can for as long as I can, but I need help.

This is unashamedly a begging letter.  If you can give just a little, it will be so much appreciated. (Just click on the Paypal button at the top of this page)

Thankyou for reading. 

28 comments:

  1. Hi Ayak...... I wish I could be in a position to donate .......... sigh.
    I am with you in thoughts, though that doesn't help the situation.

    It is appalling that Mr A has been swindled this way.
    In England, there might be some place you could go to get back up, though I don't know exactly what. Anything like that where you are? I think I can guess the answer.
    Definitely he should get the money (or at least half of it) before commencing a job. He also needs to get full details of the person involved before starting and reference as to whether the person is in a position to pay. I don't know how it works really but there must be some way.

    Ayak....... if the quantity of dog's care you are taking in is causing extreme hardship then I beg you to think of the ones you are supporting and not take in any more. Otherwise they might all suffer.
    It is impossible to help all. By just taking on a certain amount you are helping tremendously and making a big difference to them.
    Hope you don't mind me saying this. I am only trying to help. Tell me to shut up if you want!
    Love and hugs
    Maggie
    Nuts in May

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    1. I'd certainly never tell you to shut up Maggie! You are right of course, and the reason why we have restricted the number of dogs actually in our home to 6. We have to be really strict with ourselves on this, because if we didn't we would have 2 or 3 times as many here now. I know we can't save them all, and when I first started receiving donations we only had a few strays in the village to feed. This has increased to a point where we know we can't continue to feed them all. But how do you choose? It's heartbreaking. This village should come within the control of Milas council after local elections this year. When that happens we should be able to get the council to take some responsibility for the strays in this village...even if only to neuter them (which they should do by law)..at least this will help to keep the population down.

      And most importantly...I do not want anyone to feel at all guilty about not donating. Everyones circumstances are different. There are other causes that I would love to help but I can't.

      I'm worried about this blog becoming one big begging letter...something I don't want to happen.

      This post will be the last time I ask for donations. From now on, we will just have to accept that we can only do what we can,and no more.

      Love and hugs to you too Maggie xxx

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  2. As you know Linda, I have 5 dogs (Honey died 6 months ago). I have told my daughter that we cannot take on anymore dogs, because it isn`t just the food but also the Vet`s fees.
    I feed street dogs also and always have dog food in the back of my car.
    The other day while driving towards town, two little pups ran into the road.
    I stopped the car and Selcuk and Charlotte went to rescue them from being run over. It was very near the abattoir so Selcuk asked if they could keep a watch on them. To his surprise one of the men said, `oh they have escaped again?`. He went inside only to find 3 big makeshift kennels, the mother and most of her pups were in one and 3 big dogs in the other, plus there were about 20 dogs hanging around. The man told Selcuk, that people dump their dogs there when they no longer want them, but luckily there is enough meat to feed them. He then gave Selcuk lots of meat and bones for our crew and would not accept any money. Is there anywhere like this near to where you live Linda? If so, it would be worth a visit, especially if the people working there are as kind as we found.
    The man told Selcuk whenever he is passing to drop in and he would give some meat. This really helps me out because mine are always eating.
    At least I am not feeding the donkey dog food now!! She always stole it from the dogs and it wasn`t good for her to eat, but she was addicted.
    Because of my health, I am no longer able to look after Isabella.
    She is being cared for now by her new owner who lives next door to me!! I am so happy to have found her a good home and see her whenever I wish.
    As far as Mr. A is concerned, it makes me so angry, he has worked for nothing and these people are out and out thieves. I wish he could work for himself doing odd jobs here and there. I am sure he would make money as he is such a hard worker. Even getting employer`s here to pay commission is very difficult.
    I hope things will improve very soon. If I sell my farm, rest assured a big donation will come your way. Keep your fingers crossed for me!!
    Love and hugs. F.XXX

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    1. I know how much you care for your animals Fleur, as well as others on the streets, in spite of the other problems you have to deal with. I'm sad to hear that you no longer have Isabella but pleased that she has a good home. How kind of those men at the abattoir to take care of the dogs that are dumped, and very nice of them to offer you meat for your dogs too. There are some very kind people about aren't there?

      I don't know of anything similar near here, but it's worth asking around. We do get bones from a butcher in Milas, as I've mentioned before, but nowadays we have to pay for them.

      Mr A is used to this working for nothing...as are so many others, as you know. He is trying to find odd jobs as this would in my opinion be preferable to tourism, but he needs to toughen up and make sure he is paid upfront...not so easy to achieve.

      xxxx

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  3. Has Mr A tried Facebook for a job that will actually pay. My daughter was bored after finishing her summer job and put a message go FB saying she would do anything - look after children, dogs, etc and the owner of an agency offered her a 12 month job - she is over the moon.

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    1. That's a brilliant result for your daughter..well done her. I'll tell Mr A and get him to give it a try x

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  4. This post has finally convinced me to do what I've been meaning to do for ages - I've set up a monthly donation for your dogs. It's not much but I hope it will help. And good luck to Mr A in his search for paid work.

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    1. Christine, I have just received notification from Paypal and I have emailed you. This is so kind of you and along with the other monthly payment I am receiving I will now be able to budget for dog food and know exactly how many we can feed every day.

      Thankyou you so much for your kindness xxx

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  5. I will donate now.. I cant afford much, but will do it in a mo :)
    I know the feeling well, Berkay gets 25tl for 15 hours a day, he was lucky to find a new job as soon as he returned from England, but he's just left today as the boss kept taking his tips and keeping them for himself. As we speak he is currently walking around fethiye going door to door asking hotels if they need anyone. winter sucks.
    Fingers crossed your hubby finds something.

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    1. Danni...we've spoken on Facebook and by email before I reached your comment on here, and you know how very grateful I am for your donation, particularly as I know things are tough for you right now. You're right...winter here sucks...I hope too that Berkay can find something very soon to get him through the winter months, whilst you are working hard in the UK for your future together. Much love xxxx

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  6. £10 a month pledged Linda. I'll keep this up as long as we are still in England and my Geoff is still working.

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    1. I have emailed you Pauline. Thankyou so much for your kindness. I am feeling much more confident now that I can continue to feed as many dogs as possible. Mr A has just gone down to the village with a bigger container than usual of dog food. There will be some very happy dogs here tonight :-)

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  7. What a culture where people know that they can get away without paying for work! It makes you realise what would be happening in Europe now had it not been for the people who battled to set up unions.
    I've asked a few 'dog blogs' to read your blogs in the hope that they might publicise what you do...but I'm not, as you know, the best communicator inthe world.

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    1. Thankyou for spreading the word Helen. It is appreciated.

      I've never been in favour of Turkey joining the EEC, but I do wonder now if it might at least help to put a stop to all these people getting away with not paying their workers.

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  8. I read your blog with interest and concern for you all. I would prioritise Mr A above the dogs as what would you do without him? He works very hard and is more important than animals however much you love them. Just my opinion. When our cat died we did not replace her as we knew our pension would be stretched in the future. Sue

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    1. Thankyou for reading Sue, and for your concern. Of course Mr A is my priority, I certainly wouldn't want to be without him. But he feels just the same as I do about the dreadful plight of street animals here, and neither of us can just sit back and do nothing about it. We know we can't save them all, but we also know we have to do something to help xxx

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  9. I do hope Mr A gets some work that is genuine and paid - and soon. B2B's idea is a good one and may lead to something interesting. You do a wonderful job looking after the poor dogs in Turkey. I am doing what I can here and support a lovely lady called Greet, who looks after dogs she finds (or who get dumped on her!). I know you'll understand that I can't support you in Turkey as well - plus I'm hoping to rescue one of our own before too long. And you know I wish you (both...nay all!) the very best. Axxx

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    1. Annie of course I understand that you can't support me as well. I am delighted that you are doing your bit for the dogs there, as do many others in their own countries. This means as much to me as receiving donations for my dogs I can assure you. It makes me very happy to know dogs everywhere are being cared for.

      I know some people think I'm crazy but what the hell...at my age I am allowed to be a bit eccentric! My grandson Billy doesn't call me "Turkey Dog Nanny" for nothing :-)

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  10. Unbelievable hope everything works out for you both lots of love Ann xxx

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    1. Hi Ann. Thankyou. Hope you are well and enjoying life. Must catch up one of these days.... it's been ages! Lots of Love to you too xxx

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  11. Hi, Helen Devries told me about you. I'm sharing a link to this in my social media today - I hope you get a few new visitors.

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    1. Hello clowiescorner and welcome to my blog. Thankyou very much for spreading the word xxx

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  12. I just can't get my head around a culture where cheating people of their honestly-earned pay is accepted like that. It's so grossly unfair and dishonourable. The suggestion about FB is a good one and I do hope Mr A can start to get work in his own right, rather than as some kind of employee at the mercy of an unscrupulous employer.

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    1. It's awful isn't it Perpetua? When I first experienced this happening to Mr A years ago I thought perhaps it was just him, but over the years I have discovered that it is indeed common practise.

      He has managed to squeeze 60 lira today out of the man who was responsible for employing the other guy to do the work. 60 lira still owed which has been promised for Monday. I would frankly expect more than this for Mr A having wasted at least one day waiting and trying to contact the man, but I guess he is "lucky" to get anything at all :-(

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  13. Good to hear that Mr. A. got something for his work...

    I know I keep reading on various forums that in Turkey you should not pay for any work till it is finished to your satisfaction. Your story is the other side of that coin.

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    1. And there lies the problem omentide. Someone wants a job done..he employs a man to do it who employs someone like Mr A...but no-one pays anyone. It's a vicious circle. If Mr A hadn't gone direct to the man wanting the job done, I doubt he would have been paid anything (I've no doubt there was some threatening involved...sadly it seems to be necessary)

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  14. OMG I have heard this tale SO often, people not being paid for their work. I feel so sad for the young people who work in tourism, they work hard and long hours but are either on commission or get paid a pittance - if they get paid. How on earth can they plan their lives, have their own family and home etc? They spend the winter with their parents.
    As an English woman living in Turkey alone I know of many examples where Europeans have felt cheated with their dealings with Turkish people - but they also do it to their own.
    Their oft used phrase is - "life" with a shrug!

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    1. It happens far too often Happy Lady. They don't fight back. They accept it because they are so used to it. They don't push too hard for payment because they are scared of losing their jobs. Bosses here just sack them on the spot for no justifiable reason because they know there'll be plenty more men ready to step into the job, and the exploitation continues.

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