Spring dog.   7 comments

Spring is with us again and we’ve just had the almond blossom decorating the village. There are thousands of almond trees in the village and great drifts of white and pink could be seen from my house. They only look a kind of muddy grey until you get closer so here’s a picture to show you what it’s like, one of mine in close-up and in the background an example of what the rest of the village looks like.

Almond Blossom
All of the other trees are budding or bursting their buds, it’s great to see all this growth in spring, easy to understand why so many people used to worship the spring Gods. On the other hand all the weeds are growing at an alarming rate, I’m going to have to get out the strimmer pretty soon.

For the last few days I’ve had a visitor, Aslan, my neighbour’s dog, he’s been sleeping on my front step on a big cushion I gave him. He has been very unwell and I’ve been trying to nurse him back to health. I gave him worming tablets, eye drops, antiseptic on two of his paws and some stuff get rid of fleas and ticks. He is very much brighter today and has a bowl of chicken soup this afternoon in addition to breakfast and dinner that I give him anyway. He needs building up since the worms sapped all of his strength and every time he shakes himself clouds of dried skin fly all over the place.


My dogs usually play with him but won’t go near him at the moment. After I gave him the chicken soup he followed me down the garden when I went to check on the fruit tree buds then he had a roll around in the long grass and made a nest to have a sleep in the warm sun. He’s not a pretty or handsome dog, in fact he doesn’t look very nice at all especially with that spiked collar my neighbour insists that he wears, but he is a big softie really.

Posted March 12, 2013 by cukurbagli in Uncategorized

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  1. Hi Chris, when I was living in North Cyprus, in the village of Karmi, high on top of a mountain, I had an old Almond tree in my front yard. When blossom time came, the bees also came and the sound they made was like that of a humming dynamo. Amazing.

    In general, I notices, village Turks are not into dogs. They tolerate them, but the care they provide is minimal. There is not pampering. They hate to hurt or injure or kill them but neglect is okay. In small towns and farms and villages, veterinarian care is probably hard to get and not cheap. This reminds me of how dogs fare in Pakistan, particularly feral or pariah dogs that roam the streets and forage and belong to no one.
    There is no County Dog-Catcher in Pakistan. At least I never saw one. It is still a poor, Third World country and the sort of attitudes that are the norm in advanced Western countries, will be a while catching on. Wealth and higher standards of living and universal education, creates the sort of humanitarian attitudes that are needed for the proper care of domestic pets and wild creatures as well.

  2. Chris, he is a handsome dog and once you help him get rid of the parasite (fleas, ticks, worms) he will live a happy, normal life. Thanks for looking after the mutt. JQ

  3. Yes Javaid, the bees are out in force and taking pollen from any flower that is open, lots of humming heard when standing still in the garden.

  4. He’ll be fine soon I hope.

  5. When we stayed in Cukurbag a couple of years ago, Aslan was with us every day. He is a lovely handsome boy. So glad you have treated him for parasites. He should come on in leaps and bounds now. It’s lovely to see him again.

  6. Chris, great photos as usual, I hope your neighbours appreciate your care of “their” dog.

    The history of dogs in Turkey and especially the (in)famous street dogs of Istanbul goes back a long way. It appears that many conservative Muslim people will treat dogs kindly and feed them but not allow them in their homes. For reasons, if asked, they would find difficult to explain. Cultural custom and a hazy understanding of their own religion are all mixed up in the equation.

    Certainly the treatment of dogs in Turkey is better than that of the United States where, in nearly all cities, dogs are rounded up and killed within a few days to a month of their capture if an owner does not claim them.

    Ingrid Mattson who claims to be a Muslim Scholar has many positive things to say about dogs and has one in her own home:
    She writes that some people believe the main reason they do not want a dog in the house is “I wasn’t raised with dogs; I’m not used to them.”

    “The majority (of Muslim umma) consider the saliva of dogs to be impure…(even though) the Qur’an is positive about dogs.”

    “Extreme concern about the uncleanliness of dogs likely arose historically as Islam became more of an urban phenomenon. In medieval cities, as in modern cities in underdeveloped countries, crowding of people and animals leads to the rapid spread of disease and animal control is not a priority. A few run-ins with an aggressive or diseased animal can result in excessive caution, fear and negativity.”

    Wikipedia states:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_animals#Dogs
    “The majority of both Sunni and Shi’a Muslim jurists consider dogs to be ritually unclean (Najis). Outside their ritual uncleanness, individual Islamic fatāwā, or rulings, have expressed that dogs be treated kindly or else be freed.”

  7. Thanks for that enlightening thesis John. They’re all “God’s” creatures and give us a lot of pleasure but I’m not too impressed when snakes, scorpions and spiders the size of my hand come into the house.

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