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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

April, between spring showers...

A picture of happy Coco from today.

L-R: Bella, Ruya and Coco at the gate, alerting at a visitor. (they see James there on the other side headed to the visitor, so they are showing mixed signals)

Molly has gone to her new adoptive home. She seemed to know something was up and seemed a bit stressed about it. We hope to hear good news about how she is settling in. She should be okay soon. She's been such a good girl.

Ruya grinning. She's up on the picnic table, and getting some love. :)

Kirsi sent me some information, completely true of course, about those amazing people in Finland.
Check it out here: :)

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Take time to admire...

I love this slide show which Marvie sent around this time. I just don't tire of seeing the beautiful photography. The philosophical reminders about human expectations is sometimes amusing; sometimes bittersweet, but just about anyone regardless of faith, philosophical leanings or stance can enjoy it. :)

Among other things of beauty, I'm something of an aquarium nut. I used to keep 3 or four different aquariums when I lived in a larger house. I used to imagine some day having a waterfall and koi pond indoors (a sort of atrium) and an aquarium the size of one wall. I've kept many kinds of fish over the years but have never had salt water fish. Anyway, I always enjoy seeing beautiful or interesting aquarium set ups. Today Weburbanist has such a presentation.

Molly. Isn't she pretty? I've had several inquiries for her but some people are just too far away to do a 'trial' to see if she will work out, but inquiries lately have been stepping up. The perfect home for Molly will arrive yet! Molly is a pretty 'akbash' style female that we picked up from Placer County animal control to help her have another chance at finding a forever home.

One more...

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Anonymous Stuart Novis (bronte anatolians) sent us a woof // February 08, 2009

What a lovely looking doggie! A pity I'm across the pond, I think I would have snapped her up straight away! I hope she gets a good home.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // February 08, 2009

Thanks Stuart. She's a very sweet girl. Hugs to yours 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, April 26, 2008

NASRN on MySpace

Above, Ruya (L) with our foster Molly (R) after checking out the corral. They coming up to see if I have cookies and rubs for them. Molly is available to the right home.

Speaking of rescues...
National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue Network (NASRN) now has its own MySpace page. Go visit and if you have a myspace page, sign up as a friend! Kudos to Tammy for her NASRN rescue and networking efforts!

Tammy is working with a foster that needs a home. Meet Tramp, below!

Contact Tammy for more information about "Tramp" and other rescues.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Abducted by a Flu

Past couple of weeks have been rough ones with a most gawd awful flu, worse than any I've ever had in my life. Still out of breath a lot and coughing - symptoms that are unusual for me, but I'm slowing coming back to life and don't feel so much like I've been hit by a truck or as though I've just had another aortic dissection! :(

Molly is doing very well and fitting in with our girls. She and Coco are good playmates.

We made great progress on food. Molly didn't like Kirkland or Costco, nor Diamond's Chicken and Rice at all (these are all probably essentially the same formula by the same maker), but she snarfs up Pedigree Mealtime without any show of pickiness. So she's put on weight and looks really nice.

She's very bouncy and playful, sometimes more than I'd like! When she's excited, she'll dash at me and bounce her front paws playfully off my chest. Now I can't handle that since I have to lean on a walker to stay upright, but her joy is contagious and I don't scold. She is learning more self control and when she remembers herself, she's very gentle indeed. :)

She spends the nights in the Magnum kennel and is allowed out during the day. She is often so excited to be let out, she bounces around with her paws up against the kennel, standing on her hind feet and dancing around. oi! So to start getting a handle on that, I would just turn and look away from her until she put paws back on the ground, then I unlatch the kennel door and let her out. She quickly realized that waiting with feet on the ground gets her the freedom she wants. Then I upped the ante... she would have to sit with her butt on the ground for a few seconds befor she got her freedom. She's a quick study and has this figured out now. I'm pleased. :)

The moment she gets out, she politely sniffs Ruya and Coco, then sprints out to go pee and make a poop. At some point, her body language invites Coco to chase and play. And then they are off! LOL. Ruya sometimes joins them but Ruya tends to stick near me if I seem to need her help. What a sweetie she is.

Now, take a look at the clipper cut pattern on Molly's back.
Isn't that odd? Clipper tracks are still fairly visible right along the spine.

Anyway, as you can see, she is filling out and looks quite nice. :)
My Anatolians are usually kept about this trim so there is a distinct waistline right behind the rib cage.

While being sick has been no fun, I am so glad that the dogs are always such good company. I sometimes would get outside for just a short bit before the chills would knock me down again, and Ruya would sit on the glider with me and snuggle up good and close. :)

On other miscellanea, just say no to the Chinese menu of cooked dog paws and no to their hackers too. Better news is that the mass killing of dogs that was scheduled for dogs of Kashmir, India has been "suspended". I'm skeptical about how they would know which dogs are rabid as rabies usually has to be tested in a lab, using the decapitated head of the animal in question. We have rescue groups in the USA that import pets to be sold from shelters, and occasionally these imported animals are vectors for disease untypical in the American stray dog population, including some dogs that are actually rabid - so obviously it is not so easy to tell. :(


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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 08, 2008

Molly's education is great! It's good that she is quickly learning to settle down for you. And her fun with Coco will hopefully be good for both of you. I'm glad to hear you are on the back end of your flu.


Blogger Judy sent us a woof // March 15, 2008

It's good to see Molly settling in so well, and learning so quickly. She sounds delightful.

Hope you are feeling better. This latest flu really seems to knock people out!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 18, 2008

Ugh, this flu has been the pits! Actually the whole month of May this year has been a difficult one.

Thanks for the well wishes. Energy is springing back (but now we gotta do taxes...sigh)

Here's one for looking forward to a brighter and happier year starting right away!   

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Meet Molly!

Meet Molly :D

A few days ago, Lynn Howe of New Hope Animal Foundation sent an email to let me know there was a possible Anatolian in a Placer County Shelter.
James and I went to look at the dog and decided to foster her.

I decided to call her "Molly" the first night we had her for no particular reason but it is pleasant enough and she responds to it. I have another page right here, with other details and photos specific to Molly. Even if you're not looking for a rescue, be sure to check out 2- Feb 15, scroll down the page and see Molly's haircut!

I'm not certain what breed she is. She is around 26-27 inches high. Definitely appears to be purebred LGD and her character and behavior is right on the money.

Her first day or so after arrival, was spent in the Magnum kennel, getting handled and getting to meet my Anatolians. After that, we let her start mingling and free ranging in the yard. She seemed happy to be cagefree after being in the shelter for what I understand was two weeks. She was walking around, eating grass, checkout scents, curling up and snoozing in the grass. She picked out spots where she could watch activities going on around her; places where she would snooze throughout the day. She hasn't done anything hyper yet and I have yet to see her run to check anything out. This could also be due to social respect to the two Anatolians she is with. LGDs don't usually like strange dogs tearing around their property. So maybe in time she will feel comfortable in that respect.

She has however taken quite happily to the evening routine of sleeping in the Magnum kennel. She beds down for the night in the straw of the big doghouse at around dusk.

Here are some pics I got of her on Friday with Anatolians, Ruya and Coco.

Molly - left front.
Headless sisters- Coco, right. Ruya, behind Molly's tail.

Trio responding to noise by suddenly sprouting heads.

Molly watching minihorses come into the corral next to the red slatted fence.

Her first day of freedom was also Molly's first chance to meet the miniature horses through the fencing. They were down in the other field but when the horses heard me talking to Molly, they came into the corral. That's when Molly raised her head - picture above.

The stallion is bold and came up to the fence to peer into the yard. I like that Molly didn't over stimulate upon seeing minihorses (and a chicken that followed them). Another transient dog we had here sometimes went berserko upon seeing horses. :o

Molly watching the mini-stallion at the gate.

Coco and Ruya both dropped what they were doing by the house, and came over to monitor how Molly reacted to meeting the stallion through the gate. Coco, above pic, is closer to Molly. Molly seems to be more comfortable with Coco at close range, than she is with Ruya. Not sure why, although Ruya is quite a bit bigger. Ruya is the alpha of my pack as well, but she rules with the benevolent firmness that her great granddam always had, never throwing her weight around.

The Anatolians are a couple inches taller at the shoulders.
Molly is full grown.
Here, Ruya and Coco watch carefully.

Closeup - Almost nose-to-nose with Mr. Stud Muffin.

This stallion, btw, has a perverse sense of humor sometimes. He occasionally tries to get a rise out of the dogs by jiggling the gate with his nose, scratching his butt on the fence, or by laying down with his back against the fencing, just inches from the dogs and facing the other way. If you ask me... that is truly evil behavior from a warped and capable mind! If dogs react, he tends to stand just the other side of the fence and stoically studies the dogs as if he were watching TV. You've probably seen it! It's the same way some cats will sit just inches from a fence and watch dogs go ballistic. ;)

Since my crew have gotten a lecture or two about indulging and entertaining this evil horse in this manner over the past year, Ruya and Coco are wise to this now and usually ignore him. (once in a while, they just can't stand it any more, I can hardly blame them)

So it was interesting to watch Molly try to figure him out. I think Molly got her cues from the Anatolians.

Other pics.....
Rear to front- Ruya, Coco & Molly.
You can kinda see it, but Molly's coat has a really bad haircut along the topline and on this side of her body.



Coco- 16 months.

Coco - she went through another collar. This one is chewed up but still serviceable.

Ruya - 5 years old. She's wearing Sabah's collar. Sabah was her great granddam.

I need to get another batch of martingale collars eventually!

Anyway, if you have contacts that might be interested in Molly. Let me know. Be sure to read all of Molly's pages before inquiring.

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

Molly is a beautiful BWD (Big White Dog) - I hope you find her a wonderful home soon. She's a lucky girl to have found you to prepare her for a better future.