Dogs think they’re human. Cats think they’re gods.

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Bear The Stray Who Came To Stay

Below are a family of street cats that we became attached to, who were found living just outside the shop in a stairwell of the apartment building above the shop in downtown Tinky Town. The mother used to sit beside me whilst I had my morning çay so it became inevitable that we shared our breakfast and thereafter she used to sit at the shop door in the morning loudly reminding me it was meal time. One day I followed her and discovered her delightful kittens living under the apartments hidden from view. She was an excellent mum and I used to look forward to seeing them every day when we would ensure that they were all well fed. Sadly, shortly after these pictures were taken they were found dead having been poisoned. It is an incredibly hard life for all street animals in Turkey and sadly ignorance and ill-treatment are all too common place. Fortunately, as you can see from the pictures above, my family rescue pets live an idyllic life and we would have it no other way. One thing I am sure of is that the world would be a sadder and less joyful place without animals in it.

86 thoughts on “Dogs think they’re human. Cats think they’re gods.

    • I sobbed buckets – I’d arranged with a local vet to get the mother cat treatment for the skin cancer on her ears when the kittens were weaned and I think I could have found homes for the kittens with some of our customers, but unfortunately as you know Turkey is not a country renowned for its animal welfare

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  1. thats awful that they did that 😦 and such a horid way to die the poor things 😦 and surely these cats would help keep down the rats and mice they are helping by keeping the shops from vermin, it makes me sad and angry to think of what happened to them thank you for writing this and wonderful to see your lovely cats 🙂 have a lovely evening 🙂

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  3. My aunt has an apartment in Turkey, and there are always a lot of stray cats around the complex because they know that they will be looked after. Same goes for dogs, although they stop at the entrance to the complex as if they know it is cat territory!

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  5. I have a friend here who was caring for a feral colony. I lost count how many she was feeding, ate least twenty, and they all lived in her back yard, many wouldn’t come near her, but, knew they were safe there. Last I heard, she had to move, so don’t know what happened with the colony. If ever there was a need in this world, is to spay and neuter cats and dogs, and to abolish puppy mills and adopt from shelters (or the streets). Yes, we have dominion over dogs, but cats have dominion over us, haha. – Kaye

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  6. That makes me so sad… and ANGRY. There are ignorant people like that here, too. People who are shitty to cats for no reason. Your cats are beautiful. I had three, but my older girl passed away in June. Still have the other two but I miss my Neeners. Man, if I were you and I found out who poisoned those cats… Well, they’d either get an anonymous ass-whooping or I’d bake them a cake (with lots of Ex-Lax.)

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  7. I already had you marked as one of those wondrous people you come across in [virtual] life, but this post cements your status as a star 🙂 To not only like cats, or be a ‘cat lover’ as they say, but to truly care for those who are less fortunate, well, because too many people think they don’t matter or was the case here, disposable, just one person like you makes a huge difference in the catty world. Sadly same-same in Sydney Australia, were some residents care for ‘local’ cat populations, others think poison is the answer. As happened in a recent case, an electrcity company didn’t want the cats around their sub-station and didn’t have the time to wait for the process of re-homing, spaying etc which had be gradually occuring with the assistance of the local Cat Protection Society. Absolute heartless, souless, immoral bastards. But back to the good, that’s what counts – wonderful post, and thanks for sharing your kitties’ photos and good lives. Living in a tiny, cat unsuitable apartment, we’re sadly kitty befeft so love sharing other’s 🙂

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  8. I totally agree that this world would be a very depressing place without our furry friends! I’m so sorry to hear you lost that sweet little family too; they were adorable.

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  9. So sorry to hear this. We took in a stray puppy a couple of years ago and he has (we think) recently been poisoned (see my next post). It makes me so angry. I really miss the little fella.
    Dorinda

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    • It’s good that you have had some positive experiences and whilst they are some Turkish people in Altinkum that are concerned with animal welfare sadly they are in the minority. I deplore the practice of the bars providing a refuge for puppies whilst they are young to encourage holidaymakers into the bar and yet kick them out on the streets once the season is over.

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  10. oh no, what a sad story! 😦 we have the same issue in our garden in spain with street cats who get attached to humans, and in the end poisoned… makes me angry! thanks for giving them a nice life!

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  11. I read your post over a couple of times – your thoughtful discussion of our fellow creatures was poignant and full of compassion. The way we treat animals signifies who were are as a person and as a community. We determine the course of human history by how we embrace all of the world’s inhabitants. Albert Schweitzer said “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” Thank you…

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  12. So dad gum sad! I’m a kitty person. One of our three is a rescue. We have an issue with cruel people dumping dogs near our home, we’re out in the country. We’ve rescued 2 of them and found homes for them and now just in the last 2 weeks there is another. I have a hard time not being nice to them and they seem to know it so they come. We own 2 dogs-one a rescue. I just don’t understand people who can’t do the right thing. It’s just not that hard! Love reading your blog except this post made me so sad.

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    • We live in a very disposable society that’s for sure whether its animals or children, some people will never have a sense of responsibility. How fortunate for those dogs that they found you! I was told by a wise volunteer at an animal shelter that you don’t select the animals, they choose you and I know she’s right. Thank you for reading and as you know I enjoy yours!

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  13. I had heard about those crazy ones poisoning dogs, sometimes even the municipalities take role in it!!! 😦 It looks to me like my people are getting more and more crazy every other day… and please don’t misunderstand me but, what kind of a psycho neighbourhood you have over there… Where I used to live in Istanbul, we had some people refreshing ready food corners for street animals every 2-3 days, and I was telling my dog not to put his nose in his friends’ food when we were hanging around… Sad, so sad…

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    • It’s all very sad and the council do gather up some of the dogs for neutering and tagging as they don’t want any bad press of any holiday maker being attacked by a street dog but at the end of the season some of them are culled. You and another blogger have commented that it is different in Istanbul and I wonder if it’s different here because of it being a large holiday resort but frankly that it no excuse for cruelty

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  14. I have lived with cats, dogs and a bird for years and years. All adopted (except the Bird) from either rescue or the pound. Your story was so sweet and sad. I wish more people would just learn to care for these sweet and loving creatures, even if they don’t take them into their homes. Spay, neuter is so easy keep the population down.

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  15. I am a complete sucker for animals. In fact, when I was a kid, besides trying to “save” all the birds, squirrels and snakes my cat Sabrina would bring home half dead, I was terribly guilty of finding animals, collar or no, and bringing them home to see if I could keep them. When my son asked me what animal I would be if I could, I told him, “A cat. Actually my cat, since he’s spoiled rotten!” 🙂

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  16. What beautiful cats! I feel like spaying/neutering is more of a US/UK thing. A lot of countries don’t enforce it which is why you wind up with a million stray cats and dogs roaming the streets. I remember visiting Athens in Greece and was shocked at all the stray dogs just chilling amongst the Greek ruins! It’s not so much “ignorance,” it’s a cultural thing and it’s hard to change people’s attitudes. I also visited a Native American reservation here in the US and was amazed at how many stray dogs there were. It’s sad to see because you can’t save all the animals.

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  17. So sad those kittens died to from poisoning…. Wild animals have lack of prosperity in 3 rd world countries. So does my country. Thanks for liking my post, too! How’s life in turkey so far?

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  18. Absolutely loved this post! I was also very sad to read the poor kittens died. I love cats. Yes, they definitely know they’re royalty! Thanks for reading my blog, and I will check in with yours often!

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  19. How heartless for anyone to poison poor defenseless cats and kittens. I’m too angry and sad to even form proper sentences. I hate it when humans think they can decide the fate of animals – like they are the cause of their existence in the first place. Shows how shallow and completely uncaring we can be as humans. Poor little cats :(. I want to cry. 😦

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