All the dogs are doing well. Monty's neck which was very sore last week, has been cleared up using an antibiotic cream. It would seem that the Paraband collar was the most likely cause. All the other dogs are fine with them, including the pups, but Monty's skin is very sensitive. As it is now getting warmer by the day, I will also start to use a sunblock on areas like his ears. Those of you with white cats and dogs, will know that they are prone to skin cancer, if the areas without hair are not protected.
I managed to track down Mehmet, the vet, this week by phone. I had intended to go into Milas to see him, but I am having back pain problems at the moment, and the bumpy dolmus is the last thing I need. When I spoke to him he was clearly upset and told me that one of their dogs, a tiny one called Peggy, had died that morning. I was very sad to hear this. Peggy was a funny little thing. Very similar to Tommy in temperament. She would always bark furiously when we entered the clinic, and dash around in circles chasing her tail. She will be greatly missed.
So Mehmet and I communicated by email. I will be collecting the vaccinations for the pups this coming week, including the rabies jabs. We discussed the spaying of Melek and neutering of Chas and Dave, and he thinks that this can be done when they are around 7 months old. This is fine for the boys, but because I want to avoid Melek coming into season (and this can sometimes happen earlier than anticipated) I will try to arrange for this to be done sooner. She will have to go into the clinic for her op, but the two boys can be done at home. Once again my kitchen table will be used for the ops, with me assisting, as we did with Freddie last year.
As always, Mehmet tries to keep costs down for me, but the total for all vaccinations, Frontline for Monty, and all three operations, will soon mount up. Thanks to a couple of donations last week, I almost have enough to cover this.
I also received an email this week from a couple who live in Izmir. They don't like to use Paypal to donate, so they ordered a 15kg sack of dried food and sent it by cargo. It was very much appreciated.
Mr A continues to work in Gumbet, from around 9am until midnight every day. He is unable to get home very much, but did make the journey on Friday night, or rather early hours of Saturday morning. Just as well, as Blondie had managed to escape yet again. If you saw how secure the perimeter of the 4 big dogs' area is, you would wonder how this was possible. But she always finds a way. I don't worry about her being outside because I know she will always come back at some point, but whilst she is away, all the other dogs bark furiously, and this keeps me (and probably the neighbours) awake. So when Mr A arrived home, Blondie heard the car and came back. Mr A had a few hours sleep, then secured the area once again.
We then drove into Milas to stock up with shopping, and whilst doing this I had a call from the cargo office to say the sack of food had arrived from Izmir, so it was good timing and we were able to collect it.
Transport is a problem for me when Mr A is away. I don't like to rely on him too much, and I recently bought a shopping trolley to get what I need from Milas. I have a feeling though, that dragging this up the steep hill the week before last, was probably what damaged my back. The shopping trip yesterday by car enabled me to stock up with essentials which will hopefully last until Mr A can get home again.
And that's pretty much my week. It's not exciting, and I was unsure about posting today, but you probably all know that feeling of leaving blogging for too long, then finding it difficult to start again. So writing about mundane things, at least stops me from giving up altogether.
Happy Sunday everyone.