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Life, ah life!!!!
Just when you think things can never be as bad again, especially after the forest fire, there sometimes comes a ray of sunshine and hope starts again.
In the beginning of October I woke up to incredible pain in my lower back and left leg. I'd had back problems on and off during the last 2 years and knew this to be the start of a hernia (slipped disk). Now it was at its worst the sciatica nerve was now affected. I was taken to hospital for an MRI scan and it showed two disks were affected - immediate operation was necessary - 10 days in hospital - 1 month of bed rest!!!! Who would take care of my cats.
Anyway at present it didn't matter because my health insurance policy wasn't active for another 6 months. No operation, increased pain. Medication and painkillers - hope dies.
Then came the ray of sunshine in the form of Elena and Martine from Germany. They arrived on the 6 October and Bianca from Holland arrived on the 7 October. Charlies Angels had arrived . . .
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We had arranged previously that they would come for a weeks working holiday - it was just a miracle that they were here at the beginning of my crisis.

They took wonderful care of me and the cats and all three girls carried me through tha week wih devotion and dedication, even though the pain couldn't be hidden there was sunshine and laughter all around. They each even took cats and puppies home to re-home.

Best Summer Ever by the volunteer worker Irene from Finland
I heard of Jeannie first when I was looking for a place to do my EU practise in 1999, but cause I didn’t know how to contact her then it just fell through. About a year later I happened to find her website and so I decided to finally get in touch with her. Cause I had decided to take another year break from my studies and cause I love animals and I like living in Turkey, I asked if she needed a volunteer for the summer. And she did!

So, I came and I met Jeannie and her sweethearts. I had two first impressions that I can still recall. First I met Batman, who is a very distinctive and adorable cat gentleman, when you get to know him, but before you do, you can just find him sucking your shirt and not letting you go, which can get you to think other words than gentleman of him. I fell for him immediately and he made me feel very welcome to The Cat shelter. I am so sure that he knew that he got me around his paw! It took rather a long time for me to deny anything from him; I showered the grass, I put the laundry to dry, well I did everything he on my shoulders even though it took twice as much time…

The second impression was that Jeannie really is something special. She got many visitors the day I first started and she still advised me what to do, hosted the visitors, helped the cats and worked hard herself as well. She seemed to be so full of energy! This impression has lasted. I admire her for her energy! It is amazing how much one person can do if she/he is persistent. And with the help from the others one can do even more! Nothing is impossible! I hope we can all put our strength together this summer and find a new place for The Catshelter.

A little by little I started to know the cats and their personalities. I never learned to know all of their names, but then again my name memory has never been so good…It was so lovely to sit down and have the cats around after everything was done. It was just too bad that I usually didn’t have so much time for that cause I had to rush back to Marmaris where I was taking care of one girl in the evenings. Also I loved spending time with the dogs we had! I tried to take them for a walk as often as possible and play with the puppies we had. They are so wise and well trained thanks to Jeannie!

Last summer was one of the bests, but also one of the busiest I’ve ever had. Just cleaning the inside of the house took about 2-3 hours and then there was also the garden, where Jeannie spent a lot of time to get it look as good as it looks. It is such a shame that it will be torn down! Just when the trees and the grass were getting stronger…

Every day something unexpected happened. To mention a few, I recall one morning when I saw from the dolmus an injured dog beside the road. Jeannie went to look for him, but she couldn’t find him anymore. What she did find was a little turtle, who had also been in the accident and who needed love and care. So the Turtle moved to the kitchen to get better. Another morning when I arrived, Jeannie had got 15 cute kittens, who all had quite bad eye infection and who needed regular medication. In a week they had become very playful, curious kittens, who just loved to make a mess.

All these unexpected things that happen take time from the daily routines and they keep Jeannie even busier than she already is. I learned a lot last summer and I know that I still have a lot to learn, but I hope I can help her so that she doesn’t have to do everything by herself and that maybe she could have some time for herself as well. I am grateful that I can work with her and that she has patience to guide me. Since I was a kid one of my biggest dreams has been working with the animals. I’ve always had a lot of pets from rats to cats and my sister still has, but now when I’ve started to study to become Bachelor of the Social Services, I can’t take any cause I just don’t have enough time for them and that wouldn’t be fair for the pets. I would have never believed how hard it is to live without pets when you’ve had them all your life! That’s one reason why I’m so glad of having a chance to spend my summer with Jeannie and her pets. Now I have some pets around me at least in the summer time…

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