How did I come to bring Whisky home to my house? Well on Sunday 30th of April the Kaş Animal Friends Charity organised a walk for the dogs in the shelter so that volunteers could take one or two dogs each for a day out. The walk was up the dirt road from the main Mediterranean coastal road to the ancient Lycian city of Kyaneai. I was one of the volunteers and took my own (ex shelter) dog Wolfie and was “issued” with a little black dog called Piskie.
We had a good walk uphill to the city and a nice lunch of döner chicken and various salad dishes and a couple of drinks. I took some food and water for the dogs in my backpack.
Piskie seemed to be a nervous little thing, pulled at the lead a lot but was going in the right direction so I didn’t mind too much. We stopped a couple of times en-route and I gave them some water but Piskie didn’t drink much. While we were at the city she wouldn’t eat anything, just had a little water and was continuously trying to pull away so I decided to leave early and take her back down to where we had parked the cars by the main road.
The walk down from Kyaneai always seems a lot longer than the walk up, I’ve been there a few times but we eventually got to the car and I took the dogs back to my place intending to take Piskie back to the dog sanctuary after about an hour or so when I judged that the others would be returning.
Well once back at my place it became more obvious to me that Piskie was nearly catatonic with stress and fear. I realised that far from being a nice day out she had not enjoyed the walk at all and in fact was terrified most of the time. I decided that I’d let her live with me and learn to have a pleasant stress free life.
Yeah I might be a big softie but until I came to Turkey I had never really been in a position to make much of a difference. Animals have a hard enough time at the hands of humans, particularly cats and dogs. For the first time in my life I find myself in the lucky position of having the space for a few animals to live a relatively nice life with food, shelter, love and respect. Five dogs and three cats live with me, all rescued one way or another. Who knows how long it will last? But it will be for as long as I can.r .org) –>