I also mentioned that Mr A had returned home on Friday evening. He had in fact left the job in Gumbet. The reason being the usual one...a boss reluctant to pay.
Much as I would have preferred him to stay in the area, there was nothing else in Bodrum for him, so he decided to return to Kas, near Antalya, and continue to work there until the end of the season. This means that I won't see him until the end of September at the earliest. I'm not happy about this, but he has to earn money, so he has no choice but to go where he knows he will be paid.
I am continuing to feed the dogs down in the village. I am now doing this every other day, to make sure I have enough food for them. I think they are managing to find scraps as well, as they do not appear to be starving.
Sometimes I find them in the school playground, sometimes just outside the centre of the village, but occasionally I don't see them at all. I leave the food where I know they will find it. They are all still very scared. I cannot approach them. They keep their distance until I have left the food and walked away.
One puppy is limping. Another female looks a little unwell. But I can't get close enough to them to do anything about it. If I approach, they run. I have a feeling that they are constantly being chased away from the village. No wonder they are frightened.
I'll continue feeding. It's all I can do until Mr A returns. I need him to organise rounding up and moving any dogs that need treatment to the Milas shelter. Even then, it will be extremely difficult to manage if the dogs just run and hide when anyone approaches. It's very frustrating, but I'm hoping in time I will gain their trust, and be able to at least flea and worm treat them.
My nine dogs at home are all fine. Freddie had a slight ear infection earlier this week, but this has been cleared up with drops. Tommy managed to escape from a window a few days ago, the only window that leads out to the road from the second bedroom. He always jumps on the windowsills to bark at cats, people or sheep outside, but this time, the window was open and he had pushed the mosquito screen which landed outside on the ground, and he was off. He ran up the hill behind the house. I called him just once and he returned immediately. No harm done, but this window will remain shut from now on!
The pups continue to grow and thrive. They are three bundles of mischief. Constantly play-fighting with each other, digging holes everywhere, and generally causing havoc. They also eat far more than my four big dogs now. They are very greedy!
|Dave and Chas|
|Melek and Chas|
|Monty and Chas|
|Mr A's first day in Kas...making friends with dogs as usual!|
The weather has been very hot and humid, but for the first time at around 4am this morning I felt slightly chilly. A very welcome sign that Autumn isn't too far away.
And that's all for now......