I've not been as active as I normally am this past week, which started off for me with a bout of what seemed to be food poisoning, and a chest infection added for good measure. The stomach bug has cleared up now and the chest is being dealt with...still coughing but it's nowhere near as bad.
If I didn't have the help and support of Mr A with our dogs and the street dogs, I would never be able to manage all this.
I deal with our nine dogs, which involves feeding from around 5am in the morning, cleaning all areas where the dogs are (poo patrol as I fondly call it). Cleaning out the pups kennel and the four big dogs' "bedroom", washing their blankets, etc. I also administer worm and flea treatments, and I have to keep a book now to make sure I know when all of the dogs are due their next treatments and vaccinations. The pups are now down to three meals a day and they are becoming more lively and curious by the day. They are quite a handful but an absolute delight.
Mr A deals with the feeding programme for the dogs at the industrial estate and in the village. We are continuing to feed them every other day, as explained in my other page (link at the top of this page). He is also excellent at administering injections.
Yesterday we learned that a group of people from one of the government departments were coming to the village to administer vaccinations to sheep and all dogs OWNED by people here. I'm not sure what this department is called, but it's something like Village Services. We wanted to see if our street dogs could also be given vaccinations so Mr A set off to the village early to see what could be done. They were only prepared to vaccinate the street dogs if we paid a small fee for each dog, so we agreed.
Mr A normally feeds the village dogs in the evening. They know this and turn up to wait for him. Because this was not their normal time, he had to go out and search for them. He found five and got them vaccinated. He also popped up to the industrial estate to feed the dogs there, but was surprised to find that there were no dogs, except owned dogs, to be found. We wondered if they had been rounded up by the Belediye, and Mr A tried constantly to get hold of both the Belediye Manager and vet by phone, but his calls were not answered.
So back to the village, where he managed to find more dogs (some that don't turn up each day to be fed), and managed to get a total of 11 dogs vaccinated.
He then asked the Village Services people if they were also prepared to vaccinate the dogs on the industrial estate if he could locate them. They agreed, and having taken one of their phone numbers, he set off back to the estate. By the time he arrived, 13 dogs had re-appeared, so he phoned the people to join him, and they were all vaccinated. They waited around for a little longer, while Mr A searched the area, but no more were to be found. But we are happy that we were able to get so many vaccinated. The Muhtar also agreed to share some of the cost for this, for which we are grateful. We are still in need of donations to continue to feed the dogs, and give worm and flea treatments on a regular basis, so anything you can manage, no matter how small, will be very gratefully received.
This was a whole day's work for Mr A. I love his dedication. What would I do without him?