You are not the only one. Everyone has them. I have had one practically every day since I have arrived here. But today is not about me. It is about my Hurley dog. Hurley is a cross bichon / poodle. Probably not the best designed dog for the Turkish lifestyle. Regardless he is part of this family and is given a lot of love and affection from not just us but now his extended family here.
Here is a photo of my Hurley dog on any given day. Looking a little shaggy, a little dishevelled and a little like he has been lost on a deserted island after a plane crashed and was chased by polar bears. Wait! Hold on a minute. That is Hurley from the TV show Lost (which was who he was named after due to the fact that Daughter watches way too much television). But they do look remarkably similar do they not?
Before leaving on his journey to Turkey I had Hurley sent to the kuafor for a tidy up – does he not look fantastic! A doggy day spa in Australia is a pampering for your doggy baby. He is shampooed, mani/pedi and if you say you want an inch off all over – that is what you get!
But in Turkey it is obviously a little bit different.
I had asked The Turkey (typo but now that it is written I think it should stay) to take Hurley for a tidy up as he spends his days running around in the mud on the roads and farms and, of course, we are having building work done so there is concrete and dust and, well, he just downright smelled! So after some telephone calls The Turk and Hurley went to Mezitli (the “fancy” part of Mersin) for his doggy day spa. Should I have gone? Perhaps. Will I go next time? For sure!
Here is my Hurley dog having a really bad hair day in all its glory.
My beautiful boy has been butchered! I should mention that it is getting colder as every day goes by and that of an evening it can get downright chilly. So Hurley has now taken to jumping into bed with us and grabbing the blanket to make his own “nest” to keep warm.
I might need to buy him a jacket.