My attempts to make the street dogs lives a little better is an uphill struggle. Obstruction at every turn.
People in this village don't want them here, and they are making it difficult for me.
I have put 8 containers for water down in the village since last Sunday, and they either disappear or are broken.
When I put food down for the dogs I get looks that could kill from the men in the teahouse. I have tried to make people understand by posting on the village Facebook page that these dogs pose no threat. They just need to be fed and given water. I get approval from some, but those are the educated ones who have moved away from the village. There is still so much ignorance amongst these people.
I am going down earlier each day to avoid people. This morning at 5.15am before it was quite light. The dogs are in the school playground, and this morning there was just one empty water container, which I filled. The six puppies were there and 4 older dogs. They are afraid of people and run and hide when anyone approaches. I am starting to gain their trust. I move very slowly, and put down the food and gradually they come out.
Even though it was early I was passed by two farmers on tractors setting off to work. They both glared at me, but I held my head high and carried on feeding the dogs. Mr A is not happy about my going down into the village so early. He says people can't be trusted and he is concerned for my safety. I have to admit that I do feel intimidated, and I will go down later tomorrow when there are more people about. The dogs won't appear then of course, but I'll leave food and water, and they can come out when they feel safe.
Before the local elections Mr A was talking to the Belediye manager who had mentioned the possibility of a shelter being built on the other side of the hill behind our house, well away from the village. It could of course have been pre-election talk, but when Mr A has time (which is rare) he is going to try to contact the Governor of Mugla Province to see whether this is a possibility. It would certainly solve a lot of problems.
Closer to home, Chas and Dave were both neutered on Friday evening. Mr A collected me and the pups at 8.30pm. He dropped me off at a supermarket to get shopping and took the pups to Mehmet's clinic for their ops. He also collected 4 more sacks of dog food, and picked me up at the supermarket.
I put the boys on the balcony to recover, and their sister Melek was so anxious to see them that I let her on to the balcony too. She was very gentle with them so I decided to leave the balcony gate open so that she could come and go throughout the night. I slept on the sofa next to the balcony window. Although I should say, attempted to sleep, because I constantly got up to check on them.
At around 2.30am I went out on the balcony to see how they were, to find Melek on the sofa, and the two boys down in the driveway playing. A remarkable recovery. They ate breakfast in the morning and are absolutely back to normal now.
The three pups have outgrown their Paraband collars so I will have to get more on Monday from Mehmet, and settle up the bill for the two operations and food. I will also be collecting booster vaccinations for Freddie, which are now due. Thanks to recent donations, I don't have the usual worry about how I can find the money to pay for all this. I am so grateful to all those who have helped, and anyone who wishes to help me continue with my work will find the Paypal button at the top of this page.