Tagged Muharrem Ergul


We will never know how this wonderful german shepherd mix found himself about to be dropped in the forest by the Istanbul Municipality.

We got there in time to rescue him and give him a temporary home at SHKD, the wonderful shelter in Hasdal.

He was one of the first dogs we tried to rehome, our group had not reached a critical mass yet and people were still trying to understand how the process of adoption would work. We were not even sure ourselves.

Years of failed efforts made us loose faith in the viability of rehoming in Turkey. The Lets Adopt experiment in Facebook has proved us that it is viable, although it is difficult and the chances of failure are still high.. of course, when it works it really works!

The winter set in and Timur spent most of it at the shelter.

There were a couple of people interested but in the end things didnt materialize.

It was our friend Banu Oztas the one that gave us the idea of establishing a minimum prerequisite of one dog per home before adopting. Giving a dog in adoption is a big responsibility and pet ownership is a new concept in Turkey so the only way we have to ensure that a dog will be adopted forever and not returned to the shelter after a few weeks is only to consider adoptive families that have a dog currently living in the home. By seeing the way their dog is treated and kept we get a very good idea of how the newcomer will fit into the house.

So… Timur went to live with Banu and her cute little cocker. The two dogs became instant friends… we knew there would be no problems.

And this is how Timur lives today… gone are the cold days of winter and the horrible Municipality people. He is looking forward to continue playing with his Cocker friend and to continue protecting his new family…

Kaju… the not-so-ferocious Rotweiller

A beautiful Rotweiller puppy …
abandoned at a cemetery..
Why would anyone abandon a four month old puppy like this? We know what they did it.. the doggie was not ferocious and scary.. she would not attack.. she would not scare people.. she has the sweetest character we have seen on a very long time.
Of course that was not good for her stupid owner… he wanted something to make him look more macho!. Real men dont abandon puppies on cemeteries.

A message to our Facebook group and Kajus life changed forever.. she now lives in Istanbul, with a wonderful loving couple, another dog and two cats!

Bamby… chance of a lifetime. Adopted in Istanbul

Bamby was found in a municipal shelter. The way puppies are kept in those places defies description but in this case it was more tragic due to the fact that the pup was blind.

Her condition is a death sentence in a municipal shelter where dogs are given food and water sporadically at best. She could not have fought her way with the others in order to get even a tiny scrap of food. She had to get out of there if she was to have a chance.

We named her Bamby.

İts amazing how well a blind puppy adapts. This is due to the way dogs deal with blindness.

For a human, sight is the primary sense. For a dog, the primary sense is smell, followed by hearing. Vision is a dog’s third most important sense—that’s relatively low on the list.

Dogs also possess a skill called cognitive mapping. It’s the same instinct that allows them to find an object they buried weeks ago. That’s really handy for blind dogs. They have the house and garden mapped in their mind, and they can run full speed around the house.

Well for the most part a blind puppy is not that much different from a “sighted” puppy. Most blind puppies are born blind so this is the way the world is to them. They come into the world depending on their other senses from the very start, and those senses very often become even keener. So emphasize their other senses of smell, hearing, taste and touch in your training of your puppy.

If you do have multiple dogs already they can help your blind one. Its not uncommon to hear of sighted dogs leading, looking out for and guiding the blind ones as if they knew they couldn’t see. Many people with multiple dogs find putting bells or noisy tags on the sighted dogs collar helps guide the blind one.

I love all my dogs the same, but the bond you form with one with an impairment is amazing. They trust you enough to run beside you, to step up when you step up. The blind trust they put in you is incredible.

İf you are one of those rare dog owners for whom breed is not important and that does not consider a dog a status symbol but a living being with feelings and need we recomend adopting a handicapped dog.

What Bamy needed was a truly special person. Someone willing to go the extra mile and be a much better person for it. A message to our Facebook group and we found precisely what we were looking for.

Bamby lives now with Aylin and her family in Tarabia. She is a happy pup.

Zoe… just a dog

She left us too soon…
There are those who think we tried to hard.. that she should have been put to sleep earlier, that there were better ways to spend the money or, my favourite, why doing all this for just a dog??
İ found this on the internet… İ could have written it myself:
From time to time, people tell me, “lighten up, it’s just a dog,” or, “that’s a lot of money for just a dog.” They don’t understand the distance traveled, the time spent or the costs involved for “just a dog.”
Some of my proudest moments have come about with “just a dog.” Many hours have passed and my only company was “just adog,” but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by “just a dog” and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of “just a dog” gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it’s “just a dog,” then you will probably understand phrases like “just a friend,” “just a sunrise,” or “just a promise.””Just a dog” brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. “Just a dog” brings out the compassion and patience that make me a better person.
Because of “just a dog” I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and people like me, it’s not “just a dog” but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of he past, and the pure joy of the moment.

“Just a dog” brings out what’s good in me and diverts my thoughts away from myself and the worries of the day.
I hope that someday they can understand that it’s not “just a dog” but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being “just a person”.

So the next time you hear the phrase “just a dog”, just smile, because they “just don’t understand.”

Ciao Zoe.. well meet again one day.

Hunter… the old pointer from Beykoz

Fast forward a few months and we have the fantastic story of Hunter, the old pointer that was dropped at the doors of the Beykoz shelter, emaciated, body covered in injuries and skin reflecting years of neglect and abuse.

From the beginning Yasemin took a special liking to this old dog. He was shy, guarded and reserved. This would be no easy task. His general physical condition was also quite poor.

Think about it.. for most of his life Hunter was used as an instrument for the hunt, a brutal act. When age caught up with him he was discarded and dropped. It took months of hard work to make Hunter trust people again. Hunters future life would depend on the success of his rehabilitation.

After the outset of the events of the Beykoz shelter (www.beykozkillers.wordpress.com) Hunter was one of the few lucky dogs that we could rescue. He was very lucky. The Beykoz Municipality started an extermination campaign and surely he would have been one of the very first ones to die. From Beykoz Hunter went into the home of our of our volonteers where, for 10 days, he enjoyed a warm home, a comfortable bed and as much delicious food as he could eat!

Hunters new life had begun…

We needed to find a good family for Hunter, and we needed to do so fast. A message to the 1500 members of our Facebook group yield inmediate results. Serhat, one of our members was offering him Hunter a final home in the coastal resort of Bodrum. It only took a brief conversation with our new friend to realize that Hunter luck had just changed.

Now it was a question of flying him there… another quick message to members and a few hours later we had 5 different flight volonteers to fly Hunter to his new home by the sea.

This time it was Nilay and her friends the ones who saved the day…

Saturday, May 4th on the first flight from Istanbul Hunter started the journey to his new life..

Today we received some pics of Hunter in Bodrum… here is the old boy.. having a great life!!!! go Hunter!!! Go!!!!!