I'm writing this post at 2am as this is my third sleepless night since the pups arrived. It's rather like having babies again, in this case triplets!
I've tried to take a nap during the day but as soon as I close my eyes, the squealing starts up again, so I give up.
It's early days of course and only to be expected. There's lots of advice about how to react to crying puppies....well, not reacting is apparently the best way to deal with it. As long as they are fed and warm, then one should just ignore the crying and eventually they will settle. This can go on for a few weeks and eventually they get the message. It's hard to function on no sleep, but I reassure myself that this situation won't last forever.
Melek had a check-up with the vet yesterday and her first vaccination. She is also very healthy. Dave has been scratching a fair bit, which is probably fleas and very normal in young pups, but they won't be able to have frontline for a couple of weeks. Mr A saw Mehmet's wife yesterday, who is also a vet, and she used a spray on Melek and he bought some for Chas and Dave. I was a bit wary about spraying them, but the vet assured Mr A that this was suitable for the pups. They haven't had any adverse reaction to the spray, but I'm not sure it's working as Dave is still scratching. We need to consider that he may also have a touch of mange, which Mehmet said was possible. There are no signs of this at the moment, but he will check again next week.
Mr A was worried about them not being warm enough so he bought 3 little soft jumpers for them from the vet. Below is a photo of Melek wearing hers. She is in the puppy carry bag just before leaving the vets. Also inside the bag was the flea spray, a towel, and the 2 jumpers for Chas and Dave. On his return I met him at the gate and he said Melek had had an "accident" in the bag on the way home. There was poo everywhere. So Melek was washed and dried. Bag and contents hosed down and put in the washing machine. And as it wasn't drying weather yesterday, they'll have to wait for their jumpers until today. (See what I mean about it being like having babies again? Maybe I should get them nappies!)
They are having 4 small meals a day and are eating well, and in spite of the sleepless nights, I absolutely adore them. They are just so cute. Monty is fascinated by them and follows them about. Tommy ignores them. Blondie, Sammy and Freddie are completely indifferent, but Megan seems to have taken on the role of a watchful mother. She is no longer sleeping in the dog bedroom with the others, but is on the balcony, watching the kennel day and night, and when they come out during the day she stands close to them, giving their faces the odd lick. Bless her.
We continue to feed the village dogs and those at the industrial estate. We have booked the mum of the pups in to be spayed next Wednesday with Mehmet, as the Belediye vet is being very unhelpful at the moment. She will also be vaccinated and her skin condition treated. I will then feel that we have done as much as we can for her and her puppies. I am still waiting for the promised donation for her operation, and we also have vaccinations for the pups to be paid for, flea treatments, more worm tablets, etc. As well as needing to stock up on more sacks of dog food, so any help with this will be very gratefully received.
Finally, all is now quiet, so I think I should switch off my laptop and try to sleep. What's betting as soon as I switch off the light and close my eyes, the crying will start up again? The joys of having puppies!