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Ken and EllisKen and Ellis met in Dalyan, Turkey in 2006 where they became friends and soon partners when Ken moved from Gokbel - a small village in the mountains outside of Dalyan, to Candir. Ellis had lived there for several years and had purchased a 1100 square meter building plot in the village on which she had intended to build a large house on in which her parents could also live. Those plans fell through when her parents bought an old farm in France near the Belgian border. It was to this farm in northern France they would move in 2009 to assist her parents.

Three and a half years later they moved to a cattle ranch in Texas that Ken's niece and her husband own. This was after he had suffered a heart attack and spent much of 2012 in and out of the hospital undergoing a triple by-pass operation and 4 arterial stent procedures. Ellis is from the Netherlands and in the United States they had to initiate residency applications for Ellis to have legal status. After months and months of jumping through hoops and spending thousands of dollars they both came to the conclusion that they really did not want to even live in the United States. So they sent a letter to the bureau of Immigration and Naturalization canceling their application, booked tickets to Holland and then onto Turkey. It was the only place that seemed like home to both of them.

Ken and EllisTimo is a little dog that blocked the road in front of Ellis one day on her way to the rowboats to cross over to Dalyan. He had sat in the road and looked at her with such a forlorn look that he won her over on the spot. A woman in the yard at that spot on the road confirmed it was a pup from her dog and that Ellis could take him home. At the time he was only a month or two old and looked like a miniature Kangal - which is a huge sheparding dog common to Central Anatolia - one that generally strikes fear into most people because of his size. Timo did grow a little bit, but by no means did he develop into anything remotely the size or ferocity of a Kangal. But we suspect he did enjoy having strangers think he would grow into one of the immense dogs and he also enjoys jumping into the plastic beer crate attached to Ellis's motorcycle where he sits like some sort of priviledged royalty in his private coach as she drives through Dalyan. He also enjoys going out on the boat used for volunteers to clean plastic and other trash out of the river, the delta reed-beds and at Iztuzu Beach once each week on Thurdays.


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