Happy Christmas And New Year

By |2019-12-21T16:58:12+03:00December 21st, 2019|dog rescue, gocek animal rescue, rescue, shelter, vet|

Dear Friends,

My human friend Peter has been telling me all about a thing called Christmas. Apparently there is a  human called Father Christmas (Saint Nicholas) who originally came from a place called Patara which is 98 kilometres away from us here in Gocek. Now this Father Christmas is a very special person because he brings something called presents to everyone in a place called ‘The World’ on a very special night called Christmas Eve. Imagine that, he must be very busy or that must be an especially long night.

Anyway my human friend Peter said that if you write Father Christmas a letter telling him what presents you need then if you are lucky the Father Christmas will bring them to you on the special night.

So here is my letter that I have sent to Father Christmas.

“Dear Father Christmas,

My name is Akkus and I am a dog from a place called Tasbasi near Gocek in Turkey (near Patara). Dogs are hairy things with four legs and a tail and we bark but love all of our human friends more than ourselves. Unfortunately some of us have been badly treated and 250 of us are all living together in a nice place called a shelter. My human friends said that if I wrote you a list of things we need you might be able to help us out, so here goes.

  • Medicines.
  • Nice dry kennels for us to sleep in when it’s raining hard and the ground is all wet.
  • Money for Aynur our vet friend for when we get sore tummies, she has to eat too.
  • Food for when we get hungry tummies.
  • Money for things that need fixing like our well that broke the other day and we had no water.
  • No more natural disasters like floods or firestorms.
  • A nice new home living with kind human friends.
  • No more humans being cruel to animals.

I hope that there are not too many things on the list and that you can help us out at Christmas time.

Love from Akkus

PS My human friend Peter said to tell you that we have all been very good dogs and none of us are naughty”

Lets hope it works dear friends and let me just wish you and all of our human friends a Very Happy Christmas and Happy New Year from all of the dogs in our shelter.

Love From Akkus

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This week a new human friend comes to visit me from far far away

By |2019-10-23T19:14:04+03:00October 23rd, 2019|dog rescue, gocek animal rescue, rescue, shelter, vet|

Volkan and me together

Volkan helping at the airport

Hello my friends, I have been having a great time with a new friend called Volkan who came to visit me and all of my dog friends from a place called Holland. I have heard of Holland before because lots of my dog friends get told they are going to something called new homes in the place called Holland. Volkan tells me Holland is great and he has lived there all of his life. I don’t think that I will go to Holland  because I am very old and I have lived here happily in the shelter for a long time.

Volkan told me a nice but sad story. He once had a Turkish dog called Dunya who he took to Holland from the streets of Turkey and Dunya lived with him for all of his life and made Volkan very happy. Regrettably one day poor Dunya suddenly passed away which made Volkan very sad. Volkan missed Dunya very much and one night he had a dream in which Dunya was asking for his help so when Volkan awoke he decided he was going to find a way of helping dogs like Dunya in Turkey.

Volkan found out about our shelter on something called the internet and sent us something called an email asking if he could come to help my friends and I. Everyone said ‘yes of course’ so he flew in a noisy thing called a plane a great distance and here he is with us at the shelter.

Volkan spends his days with us dogs here in the shelter cleaning and tidying and taking us for walks. One day he helped to catch a poor Mummy dog who was lost with her two puppies. He also spent one evening helping Sina and Grace taking dogs to the airport. Volkan is a great friend to us and after he has to go back to Holland to do something called work he has promised to come back to help us again in the Spring.

What a nice man!


Rescued Puppy 1

Volkan the rescuer

Rescued Puppy 2

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An Everyday Story From Our Shelter

By |2019-09-30T15:56:09+03:00September 30th, 2019|dog rescue, gocek animal rescue, rescue, shelter, vet|

This my friends, is a story that is very familiar to us all, week in and week out, at the shelter. It is a story of how bad my human friends can be but also the goodness that comes from many of them and helps all of us dogs to continue to have faith in them as our friends.

This is one of our new dogs called Dostum which means ‘your friend’ in Turkish. He was dumped as if he were a piece of rubbish in a most terrible condition. He was covered in what are called ticks and fleas which we are told can kill us dogs in a very horrible way.

Dostum was probably only fed on something called stale bread if he was lucky. My friends and I don’t know what stale bread is but apparently bad humans give it to their dogs all of the time. Can you believe that?

Anyway Sina took Dostum to our very kind friend Aynur the vet, who fixes us when we have pains in our tummies and stops us getting things called things called coughs and diseases. Aynur was very shocked at how bad Dostum was so she gave him what is called a ‘big shave’ and got rid of all the nasty ticks and fleas. She also fixed some bad wounds that he had on his body. He looks a bit different now but at least he is eating. Aynur says he has something called anaemia and has to be on something called a drip until he is better.

Dostum is now doing  much better and a very kind human who came and saw how badly treated he had been has very kindly offered him a nice new home with some other dogs who have also had a bad time.

Now for an everyday story in our lives at the shelter that started so badly, isn’t that a nice ending?


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Happy Friends

By |2019-03-24T12:13:25+03:00March 20th, 2019|shelter, vet|


We have some very happy news at the shelter. We heard today that two of our best friends have flown to Germany and are enjoying a very happy life in a new home. Marti and Puffin are both big very handsome dogs and lots of the girl dogs here thought they looked very nice.

Poor Marti had quite a sad time before he came to live with us here in the shelter, he was living outside in a mountain village near the shelter. His owners did not love him and they told my human friends at the shelter to come and capture him because they would shoot poor Marti with a horrible thing called a gun. They said he was stealing eggs but we know this was not true because our human friends saw that all of the chickens were inside hen houses which were locked up. The horrible people probably just didn’t want poor Marti any more.

It took our human friends quite a long time to catch Marti as he was scared and kept running up the mountain to escape. When Marti got to the shelter he was very very frightened and although he made lots of friends here he was always quite shy.

Puffin had a sad story too.

Anyway the nice humans who are looking after Marti and Puffin now sent us this wonderful wonderful video of Marti and Puffin playing together. Look how happy they are, they look like silly puppies not great big boys. All of us at the shelter  are all so pleased for them.



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Ouch Ouch Ouch!

By |2019-03-11T11:48:42+03:00March 11th, 2019|shelter, vet|

Guess what happened today? We all got something called vaccinated!

Nearly all of our human friends were here! Murat, Imdat, Selman, Sina, Peter and an extra special surprise we saw Aynur and Sila the kind humans who make our tummies better when they ache.

‘Vaccinated’ stops us having tummies that ache so we are very happy about that. According to Aynur she vaccinated 162 of us dogs today; unbelievable!

Only problem is that when you get ‘vaccinated’ it hurts 🙁 ouch!


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Oh no his ears fallen off !!!

By |2019-03-02T14:35:16+03:00February 23rd, 2019|shelter, vet|

Its been terrible! Today we had a big upset. One of my friends called Drake got into a fight and guess what? His ear nearly fell off. There was such a fuss all of my friends in the shelter were running around and barking like crazy because they were so upset. Selman stopped the fight, picked up poor Drake and rushed with him to show Sina and the other men who look after us. They were shocked, ‘what shall we do?’ they said. Imdat said ‘lets try superglue’. ‘Maybe not’ said Sina. ‘Lets get a sewing machine’ said Murat. ‘Maybe not’ said Sina. ‘I know we’ll ask Aynur the vet’ said Sina. Aynur said ‘bring Drake to me’.

Well a couple of hours later Sina came back with Drake and it was a miracle. According to Sina Aynur sewed Drake’s ear back on and its nearly as good as new. Drakes really happy his ear is fixed now and has promised he is going to stay out of trouble from now on. Mind you it’s quite a mystery because Drake is such a kind, gentle, loving dog that we are all a bit puzzled as to how it all happened. Still with 230 of us all together we argue and fight sometimes but probably a lot less than 230 humans would do.


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