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By: J. R. Hutt


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While living in Turkey, I was struck by the large number of dogs roaming the streets, each tagged to indicate vaccinations provided by local authorities. These resilient animals relied on the compassion of locals for food and water, revealing a society polarized between love and disdain for these creatures.

We later became involved with a group of devoted volunteers who journeyed to the hills surrounding Baghdad every Sunday. There, we offered sustenance and shelter to hundreds of abandoned dogs. Astonishingly, these animals – though hardened by life’s adversities – longed for nothing more than a touch of affection. Some were shy, yet many were endlessly loving and never aggressive.

Inspired by true events, this book weaves a heartfelt, fictional tale around Deli, an especially loving dog who lived near my home in Turkey. The story is a touching testament to the enduring spirit and boundless affection of these often-overlooked animals. Discover the real-life magic and emotional depth found in the everyday lives of Turkey’s street dogs, especially our dear Deli.

Born in 1948 in the Midlands, following a grammar school education, J. R. Hutt followed her passion for horses. Working and travelling as a groom throughout Europe and Canada, culminating in running her own business in the Cotswolds, she moved to Spain and married in 1983 where she continued riding and competing, taught English and had two children. She also lived in Iraq and Turkey, but is currently living in England, with frequent visits to Spain and Canada, to see her family. She came to England to care for her mother, which gave her the opportunity to resume writing and painting, both of which she had enjoyed in her youth.

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