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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Semavi Vasi Masoud

Masoud in May 2008
This is Masoud from May this year. He is about 1.5 years old in the photo. Isn't he handsome?

He is a rough coated littermate brother to Helmut and Marlowe. We originally called him Neil as his baby name.
Baby Masoud, who was once called Neil
Here he is at 6 weeks. Maybe these pics will also help others doing breed ID and trying to guess how old a puppy looks as he is through the various growth stages?

As happened, I had never had a rough coat in the previous near twenty years with Anatolians, then boom, I have four out of seven! Coco, the chocolate sister, and these three rough coated brothers, Masoud, Helmut and Marlowe! Both parents are standard medium coats as are three littermates. I've posted pics on Jasmine and Bella previously. I still need photo updates on one boy, Lincoln. :) So far, I think they are turning out awesome and everyone loves the temperaments. Fingers crossed on the hip films to come after their we celebrate their second birthdays in October.

Daisy and Gabe
No Anatolian in this pic. I got this lovely 2006 photo from Vera, showing her son Gabriel, with a pretty bloodhound named Daisy. Such a handsome couple! I think Daisy is about two years old in the photo.

Masoud at 3 months with Daisy in 2007
Now here are Masoud at 3 months with his new friend Daisy in 2007. Looks like he's already catching up with her in this pic!

Masoud and Gabriel
Here's Masoud at 5 months, with Gabriel.

Masoud about 18 months with Daisy in May 2008
And here is a pic of Masoud at about 1.5 years with Daisy. Did she shrink?!

Vera writes:
Masoud is doing excellent! What a sweet boy he is, a really wonderful personality. He is really tall and has just filled out. For a long time he was really thin and gangly, with this enormous handsome head. In the last couple of months he really changed into his adulthood. He loves being up on the property, and it really is great seeing him do his thing. He truly is a guardian in every way. I will remind our vet about the upcoming x-rays.

We're hoping to get the whole litter cleared for hip soundness. (our previous litter of 2003 OFA screens are here). Hip dysplasia is a potential problem in large breed dogs. Boone, the father of the litter is a new dog for my bloodline, and while he tested clear, that information is not good enough as a stand alone. There hasn't been a lot of history in tracking the hip soundness in his line and occasionally a pairing of otherwise good dogs produces more than their share of hip problems, and this can indicate some genetic issues. We're all hoping for the best that this combination of traits from my girl Semavi Kadinsi Zor (the mom) and Old Glory Boone (Dad), will help us in making the right choices for the future of our breed.

Hip dysplasia can sometimes have no symptoms til the dog approaches or passes middle age, but in some cases can be so severe, that puppies are put to sleep before they reach 7 months. :(

Many dysplastic dogs are not screened, are bred anyway and produce litters containing puppies whose hip joints are located outside of the hip socket. Not good. We believe that every pet owner that loves their breed can help reduce hip dysplasia by sharing an interest in supporting the future health of their breed. This can mean participating with the breeder by hip screening, even the pets, so that if the parents have unfortunate propensity to pass on dysplasia, that future choices regarding the line can be considered with as much information as possible. To read more about how using this information can help our dogs, see this article at OFA. (Collecting and utilizing phenotypic data to minimize disease: A breeder’s practical guide - PDF)

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Blogger Shoujofan sent us a woof // September 20, 2008

Lovely dogs. I did not know this breed. It's really beautiful.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // September 20, 2008

Thank you. We think so too. :)   

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Helmut comes to visit!

Ruya with Lisa
In August, Geno, Lisa and Helmut came to visit from So. California.
In the pic above, you see Ruya on the glider with Lisa. In the background, you can see Helmut sniffing around and marking his spots. That's Coco's tail right at the far right. Coco and Helmut are siblings. Last time he was here, Helmut was a year old and still squatting, but at this point he was lifting his leg. My little boy, growing up! :D

Anticipating the visit, James and I figured the girls would be excited enough to see their brother again and that it could get complicated, so we decided to keep Boone out back (separate), just in case Boone wanted to make a comment about his harem while his son was visiting. Based on what our foster dog Molly had to say about the attention she was getting from Helmut (back off you nosey boy!), it turned out to be a good choice!

Additionally, Bella had just come back to us the day before and we were all getting reacquainted. Bella was reintegrating into the social order and still trying to assert how many stars she should have should she be allowed to assume rank of General, but it was for the most part going quite smoothly. She seems to adore her sibling sis, Coco, (they used to be arch enemies at one point at 3 months age), but she's now a bit more standoffish to her older sister, Ruya. It's amazing, even after nearly 1.5 years apart (for Bella), that all these siblings seemed to recognize each other very quickly and settled down. It all worked out rather well. :)

Ruya with one month old Bella
pic by Dave Koerner
This is big sister Ruya, protectively watching over little Bella. Bella isn't so little any more. :)

Helmut, with Coco and Bella at one month
pic by Dave Koerner
Here are Coco, Bella and Helmut at one month. It's kind of amazing to study their baby pics and see how they all were back then and how they are now.

Daddy Boone
This is Boone. He is daddy to Coco, Bella and Helmut.

Coco with Lisa
Now, here is Coco on the glider with Lisa. She really dug Lisa!
Lisa was stuck on the glider for the whole visit with all the dogs milling around her.

Geno takes great pics!

Coco with Lisa, and Bella in front
Another pic of Coco just enjoying hogging all of Lisa's attention. That's Bella standing in front. She was a bit more aloof for the day and adapted pretty well to the commotion.

Molly in August
Here is Molly. She is a mystery girl, possibly an 'akbash'. We picked up from Animal Control. Eventually we hope that she gets a perfect home. She was the only one of the girls that got much attention and flirting from Helmut. It was cute to watch, but she made it pretty obvious she wasn't interested in that MUCH attention from him. ;) As you can see, she looks very pretty, relaxed and easy going. Her paws are muddy because her idea of getting a drink of water when she is happy and playful, is to stand with her front feet in the bucket while she drinks. This behavior makes the water muddy for everyone else, alas.

Geno surrounded by Anatolians
Now here is Geno. Left to right are Molly, Coco, Helmut and Bella.
If Helmut deliberately wanted to look totally goofy in a pic, he could hardly have picked a better way to stand and stick his tongue out. Sheesh.

Lisa with four Anatolians
One more glider pic showing four dogs around Lisa. That's Coco eating up all the attention. Bella prowling in the foreground. In the background is Molly trying to get away from a persistent but very flirty Helmut.

It was so nice to get a chance to meet Lisa. And so good to see Geno and Helmut again!

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // September 05, 2008

i am Turkish living in FL, and anatolians are the best dogs, in my opinion. i would like to have one pure bred;however, i go out of town occasionally and dont like the idea of leving it to someone else's care. i love the pictures in the blog, they are so lovely...   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // September 06, 2008

Thank you! I think these are awesome dogs too! Come by again! :)   

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Just like her mom... Semavi Vasi Bella

Semavi Vasi Bella ("Bella") is back with us for a while.
She was the girl who was biscotti puppy.
She gives us so many doubletakes!! Her head and expression and much of her personality is just like her mom.

Momma Zor, below:
Semavi Kadinsi Zor
Zor's muzzle is a little gray at this angle, but the similarities in head and expression just blow me away. :)

Zor with Bella
Here are the two of them. Mama Zor with little 'Spot', now known as Bella, straddling her paws.

Bella in August 2008
Here is Bella again. Pretty girl!

Coco and Bella Aug 2008
And here are Bella with her sister Coco, our chocolate rough coat. Bella is just a little taller than Coco now.

You'd never have guessed Bella would 'catch up' so much if you saw this pic of Coco and Bella playing at 6 weeks of age.
6weeks Coco and Bella

Isn't that amazing?!

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // August 31, 2008

Bella is a very pretty dog!


Saturday, March 22, 2008

Helmut at June Mountain

Helmut taking off with his family for a June Mountain (California) ski vacation this March.

He was a grinning California beach boy last month and a happy snow doggie a month later! :)

Helmut at June Mountain
Helmut sporting his doggie backpack in the snow.

Helmut at June Mountain
Enjoying a good run!

Helmut at June Mountain

I asked Geno if he got bowled over but he said Helmut never bowls him over, he's so agile.
I'd probably still want to duck or something! eep!

Helmut at June Mountain
These big dogs really love snow!!

Helmut at June Mountain
Powder faced, Helmut.
I absolutely LOVE this pic!
Isn't he cute?! :D

Thanks Geno!

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Blogger Judy sent us a woof // March 24, 2008

What a wonderful life Helmut has! A well-rounded dog-of-all-seasons. It's so much fun to see how the litter is growing. Thanks for sharing -


Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 29, 2008

Helmut seems like a natural in the snow. I'm glad to see he is still doing well. You raised a good pup there, Janice.


Blogger doubleh sent us a woof // April 06, 2008

He is so happy.. what joyous pictures!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // April 06, 2008

Thanks everyone. :)

I think he's such a cool dog!   

Saturday, October 06, 2007

The Semavi Brats at Eleven Months - Comparative Musings

Coco. Her chocolate color looks deeper in this light.

Pics below compare the siblings with each other.

Helmut, looking ever sooooo handsome!

He's a pet quality boy, but we're hoping he will fill out and eventually become nice and solid. Slow growth is typical and this particular boy needs the muscling and bone that naturally comes to a male that isn't neutered. He's much too leggy to neuter now.

Helmut, all gangly and awkward! Angle of me to him is a bit weird in this one, makes him look oddly proportioned.

All gangly Helmut. This shows his length of body better.

Checking the view away from the corral.

Helmut with his sister Coco. His coat is longer, silkier.

Despite the same birthdate... they seem to be growing undercoat at different times. She had little undercoat for a few months -- and that only lasted for only a few months. Helmut had more fuzzy texture to his coat while Coco's coat was rather thin. Now Coco's undercoat is getting dense, while his is silky thin. Coco's coat quality, length and texture compares to her older sister, Ruya. If not for Coco's feathered ears and her silky tail, you might not be able to tell she is longer in coat genetically when she is standing next to Ruya. She and Helmut are homozygous for the recessive rough coat. Both parents and half their littermates were standard coated so each parent donated a rough coat gene to both Coco and Helmut. See littermate Marlowe for his 5 month photos. He has the rough coat as well.

Curly tails
R-L: Coco and Helmut. Right now, the tails are both silky. They have undercoat on the tails, but it is not dense. Nice light diffusers! :)

Sisters. Coco and Ruya. Same mom, different dads. Body hair on both coats have similar feel and texture although Coco's coat is slightly longer. This angle also distorts Ruya as it did Helmut.

Coco is 11 months above. Compare Coco to Ruya when Ruya was about a year old.
Ruya at about a year.

Coco's enchantingly lovely face.

Her grandmother on dad's side (Boone is Dad) was also chocolate. Chocolate is just a 'shade' of black, which just didn't have "all the parts" to make a black as dark as true black. Way over simplifying but the idea is that chocolate is another shade of black. Think of some black breeds you know that have black and also come in chocolate. Labs, Newfoundlands, Springer Spaniels, Flatcoats, American Pit Bull Terriers. Sometimes chocolate is called liver and in some breeds chocolate is also called 'red' (red, red nose pit bull). Some breeds are are entirely made up of chocolate dogs, Chesapeake, Viszla, German Shorthair Pointers and more.

Coco's eye
Those eyes! Since the eyes (and nose-skin and hair) of chocolate dogs, also don't have all the genetic parts "to build" true black, the color of the eyes stay a light amber although they are a crazy blue while the puppy is very young. So monochromatic. It is enchanting!

A bit excited in this pic, Coco.

Coco moving around...
Moving. The lighting in this one has more contrast. This enhances perception of the length of her hair.

Coco at 5 months. Dense undercoat. WAVY texture to her topcoat. It had a harsh feel to it.

Top view of Coco's coat at 5 months. Looks like she had a body wave.

Here's a similar topview of Helmut's coat at 5 months. It was very plushy soft.

Helmut at 5 months. Always gangly! Note that the texture from the side, is comparable to Coco's coat at the same age. It's just the top view where there are a lot of differences. Helmut's coat was softer and plushy, while Coco's coat had waves and harsh texture.

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // October 06, 2007

How many loci are there for coat color? Helmut has a lot more black than I realized, comparing him to Ruya and others with the dark mask. He has funny little dark wings on his back (like Batman!).   

Blogger Judy sent us a woof // October 06, 2007

What beautiful dogs. I love this comparison essay. It's really fun to see littermates as they grow up, how they vary. Thanks for sharing!   

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Noses are for Hiding Treats!

Above is a picture from January. Shows how monochromatic Coco looks now. Eyes, nose, eyerims, mask, ears... :)

She's a very cerebral girl in the way she figures things out sometimes.

On a daily basis, sometimes I hand out small rawhide twistie sticks. She'll come get one and then disappear. Everyone else gets their handout and then suddenly she reappears. She'll have dirt smudged on her nose, like above. I sometimes hand her another rawhide twisty then follow her or watch where she goes.

She'll go to another area of the property and carefully put her prize down and nose some grass over it, straw, weeds and dirt -- to hide it from the others. Then she'll come back to me with her dirt smudged nose and give me another inquisitive look. :) If no more treats are forthcoming, she'll head back to one she just 'hid', grab it and chew it up.

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Blogger ZaltanaAnatolians sent us a woof // March 18, 2007

Cute picture, her coloring is so different. Isn't in interesting that dogs use their paws to dig a hole, but they use their nose to shovel dirt on something they want to hide.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 19, 2007

Come to think of it, I hadn't given much thought about that before! Paws for digging and noses for covering. That's definitely the pattern Coco has with the twisties.

Come to think of it, I've seen my dogs use their noses to push soft things like pillows and blankets away so they can grab a treat or some item they want that gets buried under those. I guess that's sort of like digging. Close up work I guess. And I've seen them use their paws to drag things closer to them or push or bat things (playfully) away, sometimes into holes.

I think they do alternate, but maybe habits are formed based on the substrate and item. Softer things get the nose treatment. :)

Good food for thought. I'll pay attention to that more often.   

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Coco - March 2007

Here's a picture from March 2, 2007 of our rough coated, liver colored Anatolian female, Coco. She is nearly 5 months old in the picture.

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Blogger ZaltanaAnatolians sent us a woof // March 04, 2007

Ahw, she is just too cute with that hair on the ears going in all directions, 5 months already, don't those pups just always grow up too fast   

Friday, December 22, 2006

Biscotti Puppy

This morning, as daylight was seeping into the sky, I was greeted by a puppy surprise. Opening the front door to hand out small rawhide twists to the gang, everyone came running to the door including one puppy that had a large plastic jar for a head! It was a large, empty biscotti bottle which I had used on my walker to help carrying water or treats.

It was our little girl named Spot (who will get a better name soon!). Unfazed by the big contraption on her head, she came galloping happily to the door with Coco and Batman.

I've seen my share of adult Anatolians that pretend that they can't walk any more, nor eat or pee, if wearing an Elizabethan style veterinary collar, but puppies can sure be resilient!

I handed treats to all the others. Then sat at the front door and tried to get her head out of the bottle. Inside the bottle was a bit steamed up and the fur on her head was still dry but starting to get damp from the condensation. She could see out of the now hazy plastic jar and was very patient with my attempts to work one ear out so I could try and slide it over her head. She seemed to understand I was trying to help her. Alas, it was only going on one way and would simply not come off as easily over her blocky wedge shaped head.

We went into the house. James found some strong wire cutters and got the darn thing off of her as she lay on her belly on a nice working surface. So sweet, she remained still the whole time and didn't complain. (I assure you that she does have a mouth on her if she's got something to complain about!) She recovered quickly enough, wagged her tail happily, enjoyed some cuddles and then she took a treat, went back outside to lie down and enjoy it.

Biscotti Spot
Sitting on our 'operating table'.

Biscotti Spot
Assuming the position for cutting the jar off her head.

All of this gives me an idea for her future name.

Cuddly Puppy
Spot with James.

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // December 22, 2006

She probably grew after she got her head in the jar!   

Blogger Peter Chen sent us a woof // December 23, 2006

Hi Semavi Lady,

Sorry if this is a bit off topic, but haven't seen you at the Blogger Help group for some time, and though that this will be a good way to get in touch with you.

You gave a tip on using javascript:top.resizeTo(800,600)
to resize the window to 800x600 screen resolution, and was instrumental in me going from 3 column template back to 2 column (see post Blogger for Dummies is now 3 column.

That was a useful tip you gave for it allow us to check how our blogs are seen in Internet Explorer in small screens. However, I have upgraded to IE7, and looks like your tip does not work in IE7 anymore. I now have no means of checking my blog for IE6 and below viewers. Hope you have more tips for us. Are there other ways of temporarily resizing the window to 800x600 in IE7?

Thanks and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your dogs.

Peter a.k.a. Enviroman
Enviroman Says   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // December 23, 2006

Hi Peter,

The javascript still works in IE7 but rather than type it into the location, I implemented it as a clickable bookmark in IE favorites.

First, you need to make a bookmark. Now rightclick on the bookmark select the properties option - a box will pop up -- select the Web Document TAB and the URL box in that tab.

paste this text into the URL box:

Then go to the general tab, and give it a recognizeable name that the link will be called -- (I call mine:

Click APPLY, then click OK.

Now you have a bookmark. You can make other bookmarks for other window sizes this way too and maybe cluster them into a folder. Hope that helps!

I have really had a very hard time finding time for forums lately. Maybe that will change in the future.

Thanks for visiting. :)   

Blogger Peter Chen sent us a woof // December 24, 2006

Hi Semavi Lady,

Thanks. Tried to look for the bookmark icon on IE7 but could not find it. Anyway, I tried the javascript:top.resizeTo(800,600) trick again and it do work in IE7. Don't know how I came to the conclusion it didn't work. Maybe IE7 is still very new to me.

Peter aka Enviroman
Enviroman Says   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // December 24, 2006

Peter, why not just make a bookmark the normal way. Ctrl-D -- a popup will make a bookmark for the current page. What you do after accepting that bookmark is go to the folder for the bookmark, right click and then edit it, as above.

I also use window resizing bookmarks like this on Firefox.

Hope that helps!