Bulent picked me up from the Servis bus the other day and told me he had a surprise for me. He could not keep from smiling. I kept trying to guess but was no where near close. We drove around the neighborhood and finally ended up a nearby park. I thought maybe he had set up a romantic picnic.
Until I saw the fuzzy wriggling bodies.
To be precise, seven of them.
A neighborhood street dog had puppies and the den is in the park nearby. The mother is part German Sheppard and from her behavior she may have been an (abused) pet. She is very shy and non confrontational. If you speak to her she wags her tail but if you get get close she runs away.
The puppies are absolutely adorable. They loved to be petted and cuddled. Unlike the last puppies we found.
They hate to be ignored. If they want attention they will clearly state their needs.
They are NOT shy.
If we owned a house with a yard I know Bulent would have wanted to adopt at least two of them.
However, since that is not an option we have been bringing them, and their mother, food and water, as is a teenage boy who lives in the neighborhood. The mother is quite thin – she has been nursing seven pups and has been scavenging for food. Bulent posted photos on a Craigslist-ish type site advertising the puppies. There are many people with large homes who want guard dogs. This would be better than if the dogs were left to scavenge. They would eventually be picked up by the city and vaccinated and be spayed/neutered, but then released back on to the street. The problem is that in Turkey dog-ownership outside of villages is new and dogs are a status symbol. People want purebreds not mutts.
So… if you are in the Ankara area and want a FREE PUPPY who is sweet and trainable, leave a comment. We would love to hook you up with one of these darlings. They need a home.
Look! He likes you already!
I know….no one needs cute animal posts, but I can’t help myself. In Turkey in most areas (except extremely urban areas) there are wild dogs. Wild dogs. They are not coyotes, or wolves, but feral dogs. The reason being that Turkey does not have an SPCA. There are no animal shelters. There are dogs ad cats all over the place. While I don’t know about the cats, I know the dogs are regulated to a certain extent. They are not euthanized just because there are no shelters available.
While there are no animal shelters the dogs are collected by the city, tagged, spayed/neutered, immunized and released. But occasionally, dogs are faster than the dog catchers and then…
The obscenity occurs.
You cannot see them all in this photo, but there are eight ridiculously adorable puppies. They seem to grow at an amazing rate. Even though they are big (ish) they still look soft and edible. You just want to BITE them they are so cute, like the fat rolls on babies’ legs.
While there are packs of wild dogs roaming the area we live, they are surprisingly docile. Many restaurant owners leave out food and home owners leave out at least water. There are many dogs which “live” in certain areas. We know the are always there. They may bark at us if our dog is with us, but are very friendly. I have seen these wild dogs roll over to have their bellies scratched. When you speak to them they respond well. It is almost like having a pet on every corner. While we would love to take these dogs home (or at least some of them) they are big dogs. Many of they are mixed but with a lot of “Kangal” in them. You can see above in the photo there are several tan puppies with black faces. This is the national breed of Turkey. They are by characteristic, guard dogs, and can weigh up to 120 pounds. They also tend to be gentle and friendly, but are not ideal for apartments. But we visit out pets on the corner every chance we get.