Friday, November 21, 2008

an explanation

I know I said I wasn't going to write another blog post before I left, but after a couple of comments on my last post I feel compelled to explain something.  I read back over my last post and realize I made it sound like we would just abandon our cats if nobody wanted them.  That is not true at all.  We are not throwing our cats away.  I would never do that.  I have no desire to throw them out on the street and have them fend for themselves although that is what most Turks have said we should do.  Street cats are abundant here.  We have tried to find them a home.  Unfortunately most Turks do not like to have animals in their homes.  Almost all of the foreigners we know either don't have pets so that they don't offend the Turks they invite into their home or already own their own pets.  Turkey doesn't have animal shelters so that isn't an option.  We do have a back-up plan for our cats, which does not include them fending for themselves in any way.  I was just hoping to find them a permanent home with a loving family before we left.  I will issue a plea on Sunday at church.  I am hoping someone takes pity on them.  If nobody comes forward our vet said he would take them and try to find them a home.  I just didn't want it to be up in the air like that that's all.  I'm sorry if I offended anyone with the callous way I talked about our cats.  Part of me has shut off my feelings as I deal with leaving this place I have called home for almost 7 years now.  It is much easier for me to deal with that way.  So many emotions that I can't even begin to express.  I hope you can understand that.


Sra said...

Dude, anonymous and Wondering Woman need to calm down and not make assumptions about people they don't even know. Sheesh.

I'm a total cat lover, and I did not at all get the impression that you were prepared to abandon your cats.

People read what they want to read sometimes, I think.

Andrea said...

I have been thinking about you and your upcoming travels. We lived in the UK for 8 years (longer than I have been somewhere in a long while), and my heart ached when I left. I still miss it. It took me a while to get used to "the new place", but I feel better now.

I can totally relate to what you are describing. It's bittersweet. I hope that you have a safe, uneventful trip back.

Also, isn't it funny that people who leave assumptions in their comments are always anonymous or don't have a blog? I didn't think you would leave the cats to their own defenses. Sheesh.


Brittany said...

Anyone who has read your blog for any length of time knows you are not the kind of heartless person who would abandon pets while you take off to the USA for bagels.

I absolutely hate when people make assumptions.

Hopefully someone at church will help you out, and yes, hurry home, the bagels are waiting;)

Anonymous said...

Of course not!&Happy bagels to you!

LiteralDan said...

No explanation needed, but leave it to you to throw in some bonus tidbits of interesting information before you leave the country.

Good luck finding them a home, and have a safe trip. When you get settled in, have a cream cheese and strawberry jam bagel for me. Now THAT'S something to celebrate!

Anonymous said...

Oh, no! I'm sure your heart was broken by those comments. I didn't think you were leaving them to fend on their own. I have 4 cats and 1 dog and I understand the 'they're not my babies' comment completely. Anyway, you're seeing that they're taken care of and that's all you can do.

Leaving Turkey after 7 years is heart-wrenching for you. The only cure for that will be the excitement of coming back to the States and eating those bagels! And all the other stuff. Like family and friends in the states and sights and sounds that you've just visited occasionally for the past 7 years becoming familiar and part of your life again. You've had a wonderful experience and you're just starting on another one! Have fun!


Anonymous said...

There is no need to explain yourself to anyone and especially to cowards who comment with no name.
At least when I have something to say I let them know who I am.

Good luck with your cat and have a safe trip.


Anonymous said...

wow. a coward because i don't leave a name or have a blog of my own? i think not. maybe i'm just a concerned animal lover who has been to turkey and seen all of the pitiful strays and was worried that was the route natalie was going. the way the post was written conveyed that to me, but i'm very happy to see it came from a different place and the kitties will be taken care of either way.

Natalie said...

sra - thanks for the support!

andrea - i know you understand. thanks for the comment.

brittany - thank. those comments hit me harder than they would have normally so i appreciate the support.

supersmartkooger - thanks!

mamadallama - yeah...not exactly what i needed to read in the state of mind i have been in. i do understand their concern though. thanks for your support!

#1 - thanks!

anon - i understand your concern. thanks for being understanding.

NO ONE said...

Actually Turks do have shelter. There is a famous one: Belediye Hayvan Bakim Evi..