My name is Billy and I am one of Akkus’s many friends at the shelter. I am afraid I have some very sad news about our dear friend Akkus as he recently passed away to the Rainbow Bridge. He was looked after very well by our human friends with good medicine that relieved his pain and kept him calm. He will be sadly missed by us all as he was the oldest dog in the shelter and had been with us for a very long time.
Our Beloved Akkus
Before he passed, Akkus asked me to take on the job of what’s called being the mascot of the shelter. All of my dog and human friends said that this was something called a ‘great honour’ so I am very happy and humble to accept. I should say that I am about three years old and I used to live on the streets of Gocek near here. Unfortunately, I have been told that I was a very naughty dog sometimes as I liked chasing cars and motorbikes and sometimes scared people who did not like me. Despite the fact I had very many friends in Gocek the people in charge of the town said I had to go to the shelter so here I am.
I live in the big garden in the shelter with all my friends and I run free most of the day. Don’t tell my dog friends but I am really the boss around here in the garden. If they are naughty, I box their ears and I help the new dogs to find their way. The best thing for you my friends is that I see most of what is going on so I can tell you lots of stories. Also, because I am in the garden if any of you come to visit, I will be one of the first dogs to greet you and show you around.
Well it’s getting a bit cooler in Gocek now, thank goodness, August was so hot and we have all been very worried because there have been so many fires here but fortunately we are all fine just now at the shelter.
We have been getting some new help around the place during the long summer from three lovely new friends called Dylan Tan, Sam, and Mavi. I have been told that they are something called ‘young’ and I think that is the opposite of something called ‘old’. They are so kind to us, they play with the puppies and older dogs, they groom some of my friends who have got very messy by swimming and rolling around in the dirt, and they take lots of us walking up the mountain and back.
Dylan Tan wants to be a vet when he is older and he says he would like to come and be our vet in Gocek and help fix us when we are broken, I like the sound of that. I am not sure what Sam wants to be but I know he sails boats so perhaps we could go sailing with him one day as us dogs love the sea. Mavi wants to be an artist when she is older so maybe she will paint some nice pictures of us. Will we be able to sit still for long enough I wonder? maybe not.
They are so happy to see us and we to see them, we need more fun young human friends like them as all of the old humans are a bit slow and boring by comparison. Come along and join in the fun if you live near us in the Gocek area and love us dogs. Give my human friends a call or something called an ‘email’ they are very friendly and will tell you how you can join in.
Welcome my friends I have not been able to write my blog on the computer for some time because my paws are getting very creaky these days and I can’t manage the keyboard so well, but more about that later.
This dog is called Karabortlen, one of our new friends that came to us at the shelter quite recently. As you can see from the pictures the poor dog had such terrible mange that his fur was almost completely gone.
He came to our caring vet, Aynur who did a great job with Sina’s help giving him lots of special medicine to start making him into a proper dog with fur again. Although he is now with us in the shelter he is still being given a lot of very expensive medication to make him into a perfect brand new dog. If you could help us with a small donation we would all be so grateful.
Karabortlen is such a lovely dog considering all of the terrible treatment that he received from bad humans, we are all amazed that he is now such an affectionate happy dog that loves to meet us dogs and humans too.
Back to my creaky paws again. I am afraid to say that I am getting quite old now and I cannot do as much as I could. I keep falling over and my bones are very creaky. Don’t worry as all my kind human friends look after me very well and I get pain killers which fix me up pretty well.
It is very hot here at the moment but I can lie in the shade with lots of cool water to drink. I think I prefer the sun to all of the terrible rain that my human friends have had in a place called Europe.
You will remember my friends the story I told you last time of Sevda the poor dog who was so badly stuck in tar that she could not move and had to be rescued and cleaned up by kind humans.
As you know after that terrible experience she spent some time getting better in our shelter then she was lucky enough to fly to Germany in the search for a new home. We have just heard fantastic news that she has now found her forever home with kind humans to look after her for the rest of her life. Isn’t that good?
See her in the video below playing with toys in her new garden, and a picture of her in her new bed, doesn’t she look happy?
By the way I know that a lot of you have asked about the poor tortoises that were stuck in the tar with Sevda. They were all taken to a special hospital to be cared for but sadly two of them were too badly injured to survive. Happily I am pleased to say that the other three are alive and well.
Today’s story starts in a very bad way with a poor friend of mine called Sevda.
Sevda and some tortoise friends of hers were found by lots of human friends stuck in a big pile of sticky black stuff called tar. I don’t know what tar is but my human friends at the shelter say they make something called roads with it. Poor Sevda could not move because the tar was so sticky and she had to be dug out by a big noisy thing called a digger. Then humans were bashing all around her with axes and spades to help her escape. She must have been very very scared. Watch the video below to see how she was dug out.
When she had been dug out she was still stuck in lots of the tar so she was taken to our lovely vet called Aynur who spent a lot of time with her helpers cleaning and freeing poor Sevda. These are some pictures and a video of her being cleaned up.
Once they had fixed her up she looked like she had been pulled through a forest backwards and stuffed in a washing machine but she was free and healthy as this picture shows her with us just afterward in the shelter.
Many weeks passed of her having loving care from my human friends and look what a lovely beautiful dog she turned out to be.
The German association Glücksfelle e.V and their supporting friends, supported Sevda’s treatment by collecting donations for her. Thank you so much on behalf of Sevda and all of her human friends in Gocek to Glucksfelle e.V and friends.
Now the best part of the story begins because Sevda is flying in a big noisy fast thing called an aeroplane to meet her new foster parents in Germany. Isn’t that good? Here is a video of Sevda walking in the airport on her way, she looks as if she has been calmly travelling through airports all her life.
That my friends is how a very unlucky dog turned into a very lucky dog.
Nearly 6 months ago one of my little Beagle friends called Bijou flew to Germany to start a new life with a new Mummy and Daddy.
Not long after she arrived in her new home in St Andreasberg Bijou managed to escape and began an incredible journey across Germany and Holland living on her own sleeping rough and foraging for food and water.
She was spotted many times by many people and the word went out near and far on social media with people posting hundreds of flyers to try and find her.
During this time many people have been involved in the search for her including dedicated teams in Germany (Tieroase Birkenschold e.v. Wagenfeld and Hundesuchhilfe Ostfriesland) and Holland (Honden Zoekgroep Noord Nederland).
The rescue teams got very close to catching her several times with their traps but Bijou managed to escape every time. So many people were desperate for good news about Bijou.
Then a few days ago we had bad news that someone thought Bijou had been hit by a car.
Today, dear human friends, we had the best possible news, Bijou had been caught in Rastede near Oldenburg in Germany. She seems to be well from her photographs but we will know more soon.
Hey human friends. You will remember me telling you about the seven or eight puppies in the forest the other day. Well I could only count seven puppies in the video and we wondered where puppy number eight might be hiding.
Well we think the answer is that she is hiding in the house of my human friends Grace and Peter.
She was found in the forest all on her own by someone who knew nothing about the other seven puppies. We think she wandered away from her family and got lost. When she was found she was taken to the vet who thought she had been wandering in the forest without food for about 10 days. She was in a terrible state covered in ticks and fleas and she was very hungry and thirsty.
Now she is living in a nice warm dry house and she has a dog friend called Findik who she plays with all day and much of the night, only resting for some tasty treats now and again.
Isn’t she pretty? Now all my human friends have to do is catch the other seven and get them safe as soon as they can.
All these puppies are costing us a great deal of that stuff called money. Please help us now by donating if you can.
Hello my friends, you will remember I was telling you last time about how many puppies we had in the shelter and that we have 55 under 8 months old.
Well from today we have 6 more making 61 and you will never guess what has happened now?
Somebody has discovered a family of very young puppies and their mummy living in the forest up the mountain near us.
My human friend Sina has been hunting for them for some time now. Eventually she discovered them and she goes to give them food and water every day. They are very timid and Sina has to be very gentle and patient before they will come out from the trees and bushes.
It will take some time and be quite difficult for my human friends to catch them so that we can care for them at the shelter.
Sina thinks there are eight of them but I can only count seven in the video, what do you think?
My human friends tell me that the world (whatever that is) is having a big problem with something called a virus. I don’t know what a virus is but apparently it makes humans sick and lots of them have had to go and see their human vets to get better.
One of the things that us dogs in the shelter have noticed is that there are a lot more dogs and particularly puppies around here than there used to be. This virus thing has stopped lots of my friends going to new mummies and daddies in places called Germany and Holland because the aeroplanes have not been flying.
If I tell you that our shelter was built for 170 dogs and now we have 310 and of the 310 we have 55 puppies under 8 months old.
These puppies may look very nice and cuddly and sweet, which they are of course, but they do take a lot more care from us dogs and humans.
They have to have special rooms to live in so that they are safe and they have to have special food which has a strange name called ‘very expensive’. We are always falling over them and they go to the toilet far too often which takes a lot of cleaning and polishing to make things nice for us all. Because they are babies they get sick more often and have to go and see Aynur the vet to get better. They cannot drink our well water so they have to have special bottled water like my human friends do.
The humans tell me that all these extra dogs and especially the puppies are costing us a lot more of something called money which is apparently very important to keep the shelter going but I have no idea what a ‘money’ is?
My human friends have asked me to ask you all if you can give the shelter some of this money stuff to help us through this difficult time at my shelter. Please help, here is something called a ‘donate button’ and you have to press it to help us out.
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.
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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