Boncuk and Pecan nuts about their new home in the UK

Boncuk and Pecan were two of four little darlings found with their mother and two siblings struggling to survive on the streets of a remote Turkish village.

The seven of them were in terrible condition when animal welfare volunteers found them and took them to the safety of the shelter.

They had survived by scavenging amongst the dustbins of the village and drinking from dirty water, and it showed.

Lovely rescue puppy Boncuk hiding under a kennel in the shelter

Their bellies were full of worms, they were flea ridden, emaciated and absolutely terrified.

The shelter was no place for them as they were too young to have the vaccinations needed to help keep them safe.

It was then that they came to the attention of Animal Friends of Turkey and we were happy to step in to help.

When we first saw them it was immediately obvious that these young pups were total strangers to the kindness of humans.

They were extremely timid and spent most of their time cowering under kennels when people came near.

Gorgeous Boncuk with her piercing blue eyes needs oodles of TLC

They were removed from the shelter and went straight into foster care where the job of getting them house trained and used to people began.

Fortunately a new home was found for the Mum and two of the pups leaving four of the puppies with new homes to find.

The four remaining puppies were named Boss, Boncuk, Pecan and Findik. Boss is a male and the definite leader of the clan while the other three are all girls.

Boncuk and Pecan of the four were by far the closest and were often inseparable when they went into foster care.

Thankfully we were able to find someone in the UK who was prepared to offer them both a new home together.

We could not have been more please

They thrived in foster care where they were certainly very mischievous in the early days with the odd bed chewed up and the odd hole dug in the garden.

Pecan is far happier away from the streets

However, they soon settled and started to learn the rules that come with living in a house with a family.

They still carry some of the learning that they took in their early life living as feral dogs on the streets.

Boss is still very protective of his food while Boncuk is still very timid.

Pecan needs constant reassurance and Findik has given herself the job of being the house guardian, barking whenever she hears someone approaching.

Gorgeous Boncuk as she was in the shelter

They are still scared of meeting new people although they are getting better and better as each week passes.

At first they would stay well clear of new people while now they stand back but will slowly venture forward to investigate.

However they soon grew in confidence and that will continue now they are safe in their new forever homes in the UK.

Pecan will be ready to travel to her new home in the UK in early 2020

Fortunately they were still very young and so they were just the right age to learn through care and training.

The rewards that await those prepared to put in the work with our dogs are enormous as these four will surely blossom and grow in confidence, and in turn they will return that love and affection in spades.

After all, that is just what dogs do.

Boncuk and Boss (foreground) together in the shelter

If you feel you could be that special someone who can give offer one of our dogs the patient, loving care they need then please check out what’s involved in taking on one of our rescue dogs then please click this link to read our Dog Adoption Policy guidelines

A home check is always made and while there is no adoption fee required, we do ask for a donation with all our dogs to help towards our costs.

If after reading all this you want to register your interest in one of our dogs then please complete and submit our Dog Adoption Registration form.