The mum and 7 pups are doing well. Mum, in spite of being well fed by us, is quite thin, but I guess that this is normal as she is feeding 7 hungry babies constantly. We have wormed mum and flea treated her. Tomorrow we will worm the pups for the first time. They are now 3 weeks old.
Mr A did a short video of the pups this morning which we posted on Facebook, and there has been some interest in them, and the possibility of homes for a couple of them. Someone Mr A knows in the village, who has a dog of his own that is well cared for, has expressed an interest in taking two of them.
Naturally I would prefer them to stay with mum for as long as possible, or at least six weeks, but I have to consider the fact that they are now moving about and when they venture out of the car (which Mr A says they were attempting to do this morning) then they will be in grave danger of traffic. We have already lost other pups to traffic accidents on the estate, so if people want to give these pups homes then we will let them go. It could mean the difference between life and death.
Someone else on Facebook has offered to pay for the cost of spaying Mum, which is wonderful, so I will be checking out costs with our vet tomorrow. The Belediye vet is reluctant to take any more at the moment for spaying. He is concerned about the parvo virus which was discovered in the two black pups, and doesn't want the risk of it at the shelter. He did of course fail to diagnose the virus when Mr A took them to the shelter, just two days before they died, so I have my doubts about his capabilities.
Fortunately the area where the two pups with parvo were living is some distance away from all the other dogs, and this area has now been bleached and hosed down. Mr A is also continuing to take precautions when up there feeding, and has discovered no other dogs who are sick, so hopefully it has been contained with no further spread of the virus.
Now I have spent hours, on and off, trying to upload a short video that Mr A took this morning, which he put on Facebook, but it just will not upload. If you follow this link to his Facebook page you may be able to see it. (Perhaps someone who doesn't have a Facebook account can try it out and let me know if you can see it please? If not I'll try to upload again later)
Edited to add: Worming the pups this morning enabled us to get close enough to them to establish that they are 6 boys and 1 girl