I'm afraid I have been using my group on Facebook more and more, and of course not all of you have Facebook accounts. So I will now fill you in on what has happened since my last post, mostly copying my Facebook updates.
4th August 2015.
Narin gave birth to 10 pups.
9th August 2015
Sadly two of Narin's pups have died. It's hard to keep them cool in this heat and finding somewhere suitable for them. My husband also thinks people may have been handling the pups even though he had put up a sign saying not to do so.
He popped home at 6 this morning and collected one of our kennels which he hopes will provide shelter from the heat.
8th August 2015.
Narin and her remaining 8 pups are doing OK so far. Since the birth her protector Paşa has stayed away from the house during the day, mostly because Narin is very protective of her pups and growls when he goes near them. But he is safe and happy. The guy who is adopting him works in the beach area and Paşa is spending every day with him.
11th August 2015
Mr A discovered that all the pups had ticks and fleas and as they are so young he needed to get advice about whether there was a suitable product to treat them. Fortunately he was able to get treatment from a reputable vet in Bodrum and all pups were treated. The ticks dropped off and were burnt. He also collected further tick and flea treatment for Narin.
And here they are enjoying "breakfast"
16th August 2015
I noticed over the past couple of days that the dog owned by the shepherd who passes our house twice a day is looking a bit thin. The shepherd has a couple of dogs but they are very poor people and I doubt they can afford more than scraps for the dogs. He treats them well otherwise. They are never chained up, like so many others here.
So imagine his absolute delight when I gave him a 15kg sack of dog food just now. So many thankyous and a happy smile.
As a result of this post on Facebook I received a donation from someone who wished to remain anonymous who wanted to pay for the shepherds dogs food for the foreseeable future.
Thankyou for this very kind gesture and a huge thankyou to all of you who have donated. Without your support we would find it hard to keep doing what we do.
20th August 2015
The pups are now two weeks old and Mr A collected worm tablets from the Bodrum vet for them. They will be wormed again in 2 weeks time. Then every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks old, every month until 6 months, and then every 3 months as for adult dogs. (We will supply the new owners with sufficient tablets to keep them going for a few months)
Since Mr A took on the responsibility for these dogs he has been attempting to find homes for them all once the season ends. Paşa has his new owner. Narin also has hers. She may go with a few of the pups, but other colleagues have expressed an interest in taking one pup each. Hopefully this will work out well.
My main concern was to get Narin spayed as soon as possible. Yesterday I still hadn't any idea how many boys and how many girls were in the litter. I would have liked to have had any girls spayed too but thought that the season would end before we had chance to do this.
There was some discussion on my Facebook group yesterday about this. I have read lots of articles about pups being spayed as early as 8 weeks. Everyone has different opinions on this issue and I have usually had mine spayed at around 5 months.
However, circumstances here are different. The earlier we can get a pup spayed the better chance they have of being re-homed, and at least no chance of them reproducing even more unwanted pups.
I have had an offer of help from a group of friends in Bitez. They happen to know that the Bodrum vet has successfully spayed pups at 8 weeks old. And these friends have offered to help cover the cost of spaying Narin and the female pups.
Last night Mr A checked and there are 4 girls and 4 boys.
We will get the 4 girls and Narin spayed at the beginning of October. Thankyou so much to my Bitez friends. This is such a marvellous offer and I am so relieved that we can give these pups the best start possible.
Further updates in due course.