Housesitting, Housesitting in Turkey

A Street dog called Arab

This isn’t just another story about another dog.

It’s also about people making a difference to animals lives and they the animals, in turn, giving back in their own unique way.

A veteran street dog with invisible scars to prove it, that’s Arab.  His life is somewhat different than other street dogs.  One he is a loner with no pack what so ever and secondly he has his own neighbourhood that feeds him and cares about him.

He is a somewhat shy dog, not one for publicity and was not quite sure what all the fuss was about when I approached trying to capture some photographs.  You see being a street dog he has simple needs, shelter, a bowl of water and some food.  A few good mates,  and sometimes a morning stroll with Tequila [his best friend] and us or her owners.


Though his enthusiasm for a group walk is short lived, and he returns to home base.  He will have a wander later on at his own pace maybe check out his townie mates from his old neighbourhood.  Or perhaps not.  If it’s a hot day, he can be seen laying in the shade by a red car, with one eye open just in case someone new dares to come riding down his street.

In return, this gentle soul with a stiff body no doubt from arthritis wags his tail when he acknowledges those that he knows.  His most significant job is to make everyone aware of new faces with a loud bark if by any chance they look more undesirable than usual then a more rough bark with a growl might be in order.  All this is done from his personal viewpoint.

Even the street cats when seeing he is approaching them ready themselves to gently rub against him. While waiting for their food to be distributed by the locals, which includes us now.

There are many kind people in this world we live in.  

A few live in the street and those who we know.  

They help make a dog’s life worth living.  

Not just any dog.  

He does have a worldly air about him,

an old head on his body.



A local organisation trying to make a difference to as many animals in the Dalyan area:

Be it for a human or animal, every KIND ACT helps!

A street dog called Arab


19 thoughts on “A Street dog called Arab”

  1. What a beautiful Dog Arab is. It breaks my heart to see animals in pain and the unseen pain is the worst. I love that most people are compassionate to animals and their needs, just a shame they have to endure pain from others who do not care. I love your posts Suzanne and that you look after peoples animals as well as their homes whilst they are away 🙂 x

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    1. Thanks Sam 🙂 The feeling is mutual! Arab is such a character and we love it when he comes for walks with us then decides when he has had enough and wanders off to his position on the road, until he sees us return then runs up as if he hasn’t seen us all day. Food also may have something to do with it 🙂 x


  2. How lovely that people care for him. Here we have many what they call Soi Dogs and some are very poorly…There is a lady who comes to feed them and I often buy chicken and rice for them..The local vet also gives medicine to put in their food but there are no such organisatins here the dogs are dependent on human kindness and do tend to run in packs. So far not aggressive not too us anyway but they can be to other lone dogs. Thank you for the follow 🙂

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    1. It is hard to see how mistreated animals are, though most of these people can only just manage to feed themselves. Getting the street animals de-sexed would be the best option. Great that you can help as I every bit helps eh!

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  3. This reads like a prose poem. I love that the cats rub up on him and he’s got a job in the neighborhood. Thank you for having the eyes to capture all kinds of random beauty, Arab included.

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    1. Thanks Melanie 🙂 Yes to have simple needs and be happy, the ultimate plan for many! Not sure about the cuddling bit, though I do have lots of positive chats and pats with them 🙂 Damned hot some days, thank goodness for the wind which is whipping past me as I’m sitting out on the patio!


  4. Awww! I love this so much! I’m glad he’s so gentle, free and loving life. Hopefully everyone that encounters him loves on him too! Thanks for joining #FlyAwayFriday – hope to see you again tomorrow! xo

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