Carpetblog's Beirut Correspondent and I have been tossing around a business idea that we think will really take off: Puppyfarm Lounge and Cafe.
Most expats don't have the space or time to have puppies of their own, but, as the Carpetdogs will attest, they miss their dogs back home and often need to spend some quality dogtime. We also know expats like to drink and eat. Thus was born the Puppyfarm Lounge and Cafe idea. How could any enterprise that features puppies to play with, food made by Breed and The Producer and plenty of booze fail?
We do acknowledge a serious difference in opinion about overall strategy, however. CBC believes the key to success is puppies and wants to toss the puppies out on the street when they get big. I think that non-puppies have an important role to play in Puppyfarm Lounge and Cafe. This dispute will be solved through a duel.
Clearly they had been left there, but the fact is they were old enough to be weaned and whoever had left them made them a little shelter and left them food. The dumper also picked possibly the most puppy-friendly neighborhood in Istanbul. Everyone who walked by stopped to look at them.
Of course, my first impulse was to scoop them up and take them all home, but 10 dogs in the house seemed excessive. So I emailed these pictures to the vet. Dr. Elif said she'd send them around to the other clinics, but didn't sound very optimistic that they would find homes because they were street dogs.
Every morning and evening we walked by to check on the squirming pile of puppies in their little fort. Each time, there were pans of fresh milk and food set out for them. At night they were all nested together to keep warm (fortunately for them it's been relatively warm and dry). Each time, there were also one or two fewer puppies, until this morning, there were no puppies at all!