|Dursune on the left|
She cared for her old donkey until it died and was very upset, as she also was when she could no longer manage to look after her two cows, and they had to go. She is completely over-run with chickens, but they all look quite healthy.
Last year she had a cat in her yard that gave birth to kittens. Some of them have gone elsewhere, but the mother remains, and a few of the kittens, who are now fully grown. Dursune feeds them scraps, although she doesn't seem to eat much more than scraps herself, so it can be difficult. Every time I go down to the village for bread she asks me to get some for her. She never offers to pay, and I never ask. It's cheap enough and I really don't mind. If I am in Milas I usually bring her a couple of simits back.
She sometimes asks me for food...an onion, a tomato, some cheese, sugar, etc. If I have it I give. She never says thankyou, but it's just how she is. I'm used to it.
I have been giving her chicken bones to feed the cats which they enjoy. The dried dog food I get from my vet consists of very small biscuits, and often on my way down to feed the dogs in the village I come across cats, so I leave them some as well.
This morning Dursune told me she had nothing to feed her cats and asked if I had anything. I gave her a bag of the biscuits and she was delighted.
And as she has no qualms about asking me for anything, I suspect that I will be supplying biscuits for the cats from now on.
I guess I should now edit my blog to include feeding cats as well as dogs, and maybe use this opportunity to ask for donations from any of you cat lovers out there. The more money I can raise, the more dogs and cats I can feed. October will soon be here when I will be starting up the daily feeding programme again for as many street animals as possible, so every little helps. (As usual you will find the Paypal button at the top of my blog....thankyou).