I wanted to do a follow up on the story I posted about dogs in the streets of the little town of Ilica in the Cesme peninsula in Turkey. So I made a picture video and composed some abstract jazz electronically. I want to make it very clear that I would like these animals to survive and thrive but in the right environment. The streets of a town are not the place for these dogs to live.
Although the street dogs seem friendly and peaceful, yesterday I witnessed a lady walking by a stray dog…a female people call “Pancha”, well known in the neighbourhood…and when the lady tried to give the animal a friendly pet, the dog rose up and aggressively charged at the lady, baring her teeth and growling. The lady backed away quickly. I, who was walking by her, said to the dog, in an authoritarian manner, “down, stop!” and made a shushing noise with my mouth and “Pancha” backed away. Mind you this was a large adult dog, a mix of Labrador and Collie, apparently.
Another incident was on the beach. A younger dog…I think she was still a puppy…came to the sandy area where there were many young children at play and began to pee all over the area of the sand where they were building a castle. Then the dog proceeded to scatter, with all four legs, all the sand, most of it landed on a couple sunbathing nearby. The man challenged the puppy and tried to scare her with a towel but the dog refused to leave. She wanted to play with the children.
This sort of validated the rumour that I had been hearing that people come with children to vacation here in Ilica and Cesme and spend perhaps two or three months and they purchase a puppy for their children. Well, I’ve been told, by the end of the holiday, when it comes time to leave, they get rid of the pet, usually leaving it behind at the beach and quickly driving away. I was sort of doubtful of such things but seeing this puppy on the beach and how she wanted to play with the children made me realise that she was doing what she was used to doing with her prior temporary owners. I felt so sad for the poor puppy. She finally wondered off as another man kicked her when she passed by.
I am not a person given to to pursue a topic to oblivion. I am an artist, I am not an aspiring politician or a social scientist and much less a community activist. But I love life in all its myriad representations and I do not like to see innocent animals mistreated or left to their own devices. When you purchase a pet, you incur a deep and serious responsibility. One should not take lightly being a dog owner. And furthermore, dogs are not toys you purchase for your children and then discard when they become inconvenient.
I hope that people understand and recognise that to truly be an animal lover requires that you strive to provide such animals a proper place to live. Dogs are not like birds or other wild animals. They are not even as independent as cats. They are domesticated animals that depend upon our love and attention. In return they give us unconditional love, more, perhaps than what we might receive from a fellow human.
The people of Ilica love the dogs but it is a love that does not go too far. If their love was genuine…and who am I to judge, I only judge what I see…they would ensure that these dogs are picked up by the local government and be taken to a secure place where they could live happy, healthy lives.
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