The Muhtar promised to attempt to capture more dogs on Thursday. When Mr A spoke to the Muhtar on Friday, he was informed that this mission was unsuccessful. The Muhtar said it was impossible to get hold of the dogs because they tried to bite him. I find it difficult to believe this to be honest. These dogs are scared and pretty submissive. I think it was more to do with the Muhtar's handling of the dogs than anything else. He clearly doesn't have Mr A's touch.
I went down to the village as usual on Friday to feed the dogs and there were none there. I searched for some time but could not find one dog. I left food and water in the usual places, but I feared the worst. Maybe they had been disposed of.
I returned again on Saturday morning. Still no dogs, but the food was gone. Although this didn't necessarily mean it had been eaten by the dogs. It could have been swept away by the men in the teahouse. Who knows?
Also on Saturday, two new kennels arrived for my three youngest, Chas, Dave and Melek. We had already bought one, which all three used when they first arrived....so tiny they took up a small space in the corner. They have of course grown at a rapid rate and one kennel is only suitable for one dog. The wooden kennel (formerly a chicken coop which Mr A made) is also not big enough for the three pups, and because it's wood they have been chewing it and it is almost demolished!
So I ordered two more plastic kennels from Mehmet the vet. He delivered them to me late yesterday afternoon. He is only charging me what it cost him, he is making no profit, and not even allowing the expense of driving out to the village to deliver them. He is also prepared to wait for payment, as we actually can't afford to pay for them at the moment. If anyone would like to donate towards the cost, it would be very much appreciated. They cost 220 lira each, which is around £60 each. Needless to say, the dogs are delighted with them....and they are pretty much chew-proof!
The 3 kennels, sheltered from the sun
Chas, Melek and Dave
Dave, Chas and Melek (with Monty in the background)
This morning I went to catch the bus into Milas at 10.30. Again I took more food and this time was relieved to find two of the pups and three larger dogs waiting in the village. I fed and watered them, then got on the bus. Two of the dogs sat next to the bus and watched me until the bus left...bless them...they know I'm their friend.
I had a phone call from Mr A this evening to say that even though the Muhtar had failed to capture any more dogs, he (and also Mr A) had both spoken to the Belediye manager, who has promised to arrange for workers from the shelter to come out and capture the remaining dogs within the next few days. I really hope this happens, but I won't hold my breath. If they don't, Mr A has promised he will get home as soon as he possibly can to resume rounding them up. In the meantime, although I got the usual glares from the men in the teahouse while I was feeding the dogs, I'm hopeful that they won't harm them now that they are aware the problem is being dealt with.
Today I had plans to meet up with a friend from Kusadasi. Fleur and I have communicated for quite a while, first through a Kusadasi forum, then on Facebook, as well as a few phone calls and emails, and she is one my loyal blog followers. We have been planning to meet for ages, and at last we did it today. We agreed to meet outside Kipa supermarket which is easy to find, and as a new Kahve Dunyasi coffee shop has just opened next door, we had drinks and some lunch and stayed there for a couple of hours. As I have now run out of filter coffee, I managed to get the girls to sell me a 500g bag of the filter coffee they use in the shop, which I am delighted about.
We then drove out to the village. Fleur met the dogs, and we chatted some more before she set off back to Kusadasi. She kindly brought a 15kg sack of food for the dogs and a bottle of wine for me. Thankyou so much Fleur. She was just as lovely as I knew she would be. We share the same concerns for the street dogs, and she has rescued many too. She currently has six at her home. She is great company, and we plan to communicate more, and meet up again.
So a happy Sunday, and not a bad end to a difficult week.