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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Nathan Winograd Chat Transcript at

Have you read "Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America" yet?

The more you know, the better your understanding of WHY AB 1634 and similar legislation does not work.

The chat took place, Feb 1, 2008
The transcript is available now.
Thank you Rescue Network Org! (part of

Please go to the site to read the whole thing... :)

Nathan Winograd
Author of "Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America"
February 1, 2008 (chat)

PHKeeper: On behalf of Jeff Barringer and all of us at, I sincerely wish to thank Nathan Winograd for being our part of our 10th annual Chat Week! Nathan Winograd's 2007 book "Redemption: The Myth of Pet Overpopulation and the No Kill Revolution in America" set off a firestorm of controversy -- and inspired an army of animal lovers across the country, calling for serious reform of the American shelter system and an end to the use of killing as a tool of animal population control.

Nathan is here this evening to help us understand exactly what the No Kill Revolution is and how you can look at groundspring efforts to reform your community into No Kill. If you have a question for Nathan, please type a "?" in the room. You will be called on in order. Please do not speak openly in the room. Do not private message the hosts or our guest. Nathan when you have completed your answer, please type GA so we know to Go Ahead. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, furkids of all ages, I present Nathan Winograd.

continued at the site---

No on California AB 1634
"California Healthy Pets Act"
Choosing a 'feel good' perky name for a bill perpetuates the GRAND deception

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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.   

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Anatolian Shepherd Male Available - California

Thor needs a new home.

Thor lived in the country. His original owner in Arizona had a one-to-one relationship with his dog. The owner became seriously ill and has since passed on. During the time of this unfortunate terminal illness, Thor's world was devoted to his owner, and also to the limitations of his owner's closing world. After the owner passed on, Thor needed to be rehomed -- but had become accustomed to isolation from his first home.

A home for him was found in California (Oakland area) after his first owner died. It looked like it would work out, but a problem developed when Thor, used to quiet isolation, seemed to view his new owner's home as an area that should be kept isolated as well. This situation isn't working out now because the place where he lives has renters that need free access to the housing and yard. Since Thor prefers the renters to stay out - this has become a problem.

The ideal home for him now would probably be with a single adult with no children, who has time for a one-to-one relationship with a loyal dog. Thor is currently living in Oakland, California.
Please contact Kathy Gerlach at her email or phone for more information.

Ph: (707)252-8196

Edit: 1 Oct 2007- Also, you can contact Michael, who is Thor's current owner. cell# - (510) 816-9693

The pictures below show him with some young friends, so you know he is kind and biddable. Due to his 'only dog' background and the social natures of children (who may bring friends to visit), it would be best to have a new home with a single adult - no kids. If you know someone that might fit the bill, tell them about Thor.




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Anonymous Tina Leese sent us a woof // September 30, 2007

I fostered Thor in Arizona and he is a wonderful, big hearted dog who is a pleasure to be around. He's fun loving, loves to travel and is very well mannered.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // October 01, 2007

Tina, thanks for visiting. So great you were able to help him for a while and developed an understanding of him. I sure hope he gets his forever home soon. He really seems like a great dog. Just a little set in his ways.   

Monday, September 03, 2007

Order your Anatolan Shepherd Dog Calendars

It's time to get in your orders for your Anatolian Shepherd Dog Calendars if you haven't already pre-ordered.

Every year, Holly orders some extras for people who forget to preorder but we always end up short on calendars for those who forgot to order or didn't know! :(

The best way to ensure you can get your Calendars is to hurry up now, and Order!

The club making the calendars makes no profit, all proceeds go to rescue.


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Friday, June 22, 2007

Missing Dog Turns Up For Sale on Web Site

Not all rescues are legitimate. Many are taking advantage of social engineering. It is often difficult to point out this out to many who have adopted emotive stances about all forms of rescue. In some cases (likely not the example below), rescue in some form has become big business.

In what other animal selling endeavor can people pump out critters for sale with no health guarantees, no health or temperament testing, no genetic or medical knowledge, no follow up, behavior consultations nor training assistance ...AND be looked upon in ignorant gratitude and favor by the masses who have no clue.
Couple finds missing dog up for sale on Web site

June 21, 2007

MEDFORD, N.Y. — A couple’s discovery of their missing dog for sale on a pet adoption Web site led police to a Long Island home where more than 50 dogs were living in squalid conditions, authorities said.

The dogs, some sickly and underfed, were removed from the Medford home Wednesday night and taken to a shelter to be examined by veterinarians, authorities said.

“The house was in horrible condition,” said Roy Gross, chief of the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “It was covered in feces and urine. It was hot, very hot in there.”

Three people at the house were arrested: Karen Schleich, 45; David Bernacchi, 44; and Kristin Beauchesne, 25.

Schleich and Bernacchi, the home’s residents, were charged with animal cruelty, police said. Schleich was also charged with criminal possession of stolen property, while Beauchesne was charged with grand larceny.

It was not known if Schleich and Bernacchi had attorneys. Sgt. Michael Cosgrove of the Suffolk County Police Department said Beauchesne had an attorney, but he could not immediately provide a name.

The three claimed they were animal rescuers and posted advertisements for dogs on various pet adoption Web sites, Cosgrove said.

Bernacchi ran a dog rescue organization called Lucky Fund. Its mission is “to help and place as many dogs as possible with new and loving families,” according to the Lucky Fund Web site.

A couple searching for their Shih Tzu found their newly shaven dog advertised for sale for $350 on one site, he said. They reported their discovery to police, whose investigation led to the Medford home, Cosgrove said.

Beauchesne was seen taking the Shih Tzu from the street and later telling an officer who stopped to question her about the missing animal that the dog had escaped from her backyard, police said.

It turned out that Beauchesne worked with Schleich and Bernacchi, and had given the dog to them, Cosgrove said.

The three remained in custody.


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Blogger Anatolian Indy sent us a woof // June 22, 2007

That is scary. The biggest reason my dogs are microchipped is so they can't be sold for research.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // June 22, 2007

I'm not sure that's a guarantee really. :(

Many things going on now are just surreal!

Saying it again, you have such a beautiful blog. Love your pics!!   

Anonymous jan sent us a woof // June 23, 2007

Deplorable people. I have a lot of friends in animal control/rescue and their biggest gripe is that lawmakers keep passing more and more feel good type laws supposedly to protect animals without allocating money to enforce the laws.   

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Experienced LGD Anatolian Needs New Home

Samson is not a rescue but he needs a new home. A working home would be wonderful but a loving home is a must!

He is an 8 year old experienced Anatolian livestock guardian dog. His flock and other Anatolian buddies have been sold because his owners are retired and have been scaling down. He is available for placement (sale). Please contact Duane Kenny for more information. Phone number is 509-674-5365 & cell number is 509-630-0874, if the home number is busy (they have dial up).

Samson's registrations are ASDW.

Sey of Sivas (imp)
sireMasallah Saki Bandit

Masallah Catana
Ardueser's Samson

Gentleman Kaan (imp)
damStonebrook's Sadie

Brent's Messina Alanya

Look at that handsome face!

Magnificent coat.


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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // March 14, 2008

The first number on this ad is out of service, the second number is wrong and the email address given gets sent back as undeliverable. Too bad I was interested in finding more out about Samson. Perhaps his owner can correct the information?   

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

I posted this on the owner's request about a year and a half ago after which there were some changes as you noted.

But this month, March 2008, I just got an update, this time from Samson's new owner. Sounds like he is busy working with a new flock that is kidding right now. We might get some photo updates when the craziness of the new babies settles down a bit. :) Thanks for visiting!   

Sunday, June 25, 2006

Stuart update

Stuart with Michael Chapman

Stuart just hasn't been your average rehome. He is sometimes worried, confused or unsettled when some unfamiliar events occur, or new levels of trust are asked of him in his new partnership - things that most other Anatolians take for granted, he tends to be wary of. He is making progress, slowly but surely.

Related Links- Karen Malcor-Chapman:
Home Page:
Arabian Horses:
Miniature Horses:

Previous links related to Stuart

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Blogger Yarilyn sent us a woof // July 18, 2006

I love dogs but sadly I can't have one where I live, my kids love them too, specially german sheppard and golden retriever, right now my kids are enjoying the pictures of your dogs.

Congratulations for your blog.

nice pictures

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Stuart learning the ropes - update

Stuart has been making good progress on the last report I got from his new home early in May. You can see him here, getting to know a lamb. He's was a bit too frisky at the time of this picture to just be put with the fragile baby. But it is nice to know he really seems to have landed his forever home.
Stuart and a lamb
Stuart and a lamb

His new home is in California and he lives with Karen Malcor-Chapman, her family and critters at their beautiful horse ranch. Links to the various sites associated with the ranch are below.

Akin is their other male Anatolian and the one that rules the Anatolian roost there. He is a grand 14 years old. What a magnificent boy!

Karen writes:
These photos were taken by the famous horse photographer Johnny Johnston. The lamb was just a week or so old and on the other side of our property from her mom. She obviously felt safe and secure with Akin as she never tried to get up or away while we were taking the photos!

Here are some beautiful photos of Akin, by Johnny Johnston.

Noble boy
Noble boy

Akin and lamb
Gentle guardian

Akin and lamb
Trusted friend

Related Links- Karen Malcor-Chapman:
Home Page:
Arabian Horses:
Miniature Horses:

Previous links related to Stuart

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Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Update on Stuart

A month ago, we heard about a handsome young Anatolian named Stuart was living in the Sacramento, California area who needing a new home.

He has been adopted and appears to be adjusting to his new home on a beautiful southern California ranch, with horses, sheep, chickens, a menagerie of other critters, including cats and other dogs -- among them, an older Anatolian male that the owners also successfully adopted years ago.

An experienced animal loving home & one that can give him a job to do, sure sounds like what the dog-tor has ordered for Stuart! :)

He's learning some new roles and rules everyday and it sounds like he is going to settle right in. His new owners know that like any rehome, he needs patience, understanding and time for him to get acquainted with his new routines.

Here are a couple photos of him at his new home

Best wishes that this will be his forever home. :)

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Anonymous jan sent us a woof // March 16, 2006

Great looking dog. Glad things worked out and he has people caring for him.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // March 17, 2006

His folks are very positive it's going to work. Thank you! :)   

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Stuart needs a new home - Sacramento Area California

Stuart is a handsome pinto Anatolian boy whose owner in the Sacramento Area needs to find him a new home. Stuart was born on a ranch operation to two working dogs. The ranchers don't consider themselves "breeders" and so it seems best that his current owner handles his rehoming. She is currently screening potential homes for his placement.

I have four photos of him with his owner's comments

I am attaching pictures of Stuart. The first is when he was about 7 months old.

The next is him outside my sliding door on the patio.

The third is me giving him a Christmas present, and the fourth is him starting to open the present.

He opens his own gifts, just the wrapping. Then he brings it to me so that I can "fix it," which is what I tell him when I am going to open the bag of treats (or anything else that he needs help with).

about 7 monthsPolite boy
With Christmas presentsOpening presents

More information from his current owner follows:

Beautiful, affectionate, neutered 2-1/2 year old Anatolian male.
His name is Stuart. He is very lonely and needs companionship.

My work and travel schedule is such that I am unable to provide him with the companionship he deserves (I was gone last year from February to May on my first trip).

He does not dig and never chews. If I tell him something is mine, he leaves it alone.
He can stay in the house all day or the yard. He loves to be touched and brushed. He is a great dog. He likes kids and people and has been socialized.
The pool guy and the landscaper come in the yard without any fuss, I just introduced them the first time they came over.

Owner - (EDIT: info removed Dec 2007)
Fair Oaks, California (Sacramento area)

I'll update this section when when there are updates to share. If you know of good potential forever homes, please contact owner.

02/08/2006 06:22 pm UPDATE: I've added owner's email address above

03/11/2006 11:20 pm UPDATE: Update with pics

19/12/2007 12:49 pm UPDATE: See the final story... :(

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