Then it's time for the many hours work at the shelter, once the fierce heat has gone out of the sun. At this time of year it's too hot to let them out during the day and also they make too much noise, causing complaints. So they are beside themselves with excitement when we get there! At least 5 hours solid back breaking work for 2 people ensues, ( so how does S possibly manage it alone?). I am an expert poo picker by now, thank goodness for modern grabbers!
Meanwhile S hoses and lets dogs out in rotation, calms fights and gives hugs . Then I help her with food and watering, in the dark by now but with some much welcome lighting , recently installed by Mr.S.
Last night there was the extra job of applying tick medicine to some pups and fitting some Scalibor collars. All the time the dogs are desperate to play with you or have some affection. Thats when they are not going crazy at the shepherd dogs roaming loose outside, setting off a cacophany of barking.....the corrugated iron fencing that you lovely supporters are enabling us to buy will be so helpful in preventing our dogs from seeng them constantly.
Finally, after another quick hose down, we can say goodnight to our trusting charges and to each other. Back at my hotel in the centre of the town, the other residents who are still up, late night drinking , have no inkling of how I have spent my evening! Unless they look at my muddy , torn clothes, or get so close that they cannot avoid the distinct, strong smell of eau de canine.