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Friday, April 11, 2008

Looking for Turkish Spike Collars?

My favorite source of Turkish dog collars is Andrea, who has a site over at As shown above, Andrea has more than spike collars available. There are leather collars with kilim accents (no two alike!) as well as heavy duty Turkish leather collars decorated with various accents. Not just collars; there are collectible or practical authentic goodies for people at her site, including traditional woolen cloths used in making Turkish flat bread (sofreh), carpets, contemporary carrying bags as well as authentic costumes from the region and surrounding areas (Silk Turkoman riding costumes, gorgeous!).

Over the years, she's been able to obtain small supplies and quite a variety of regional variations in Turkish spike collars including some examples of collars from Sivas, Aksaray, and Cappadocia. (see her site to see what is available)

Some varieties have hard, sharp spikes three inches long (or more!). Yikes. An old photo below of Aslan briefly modeling such a collar.

These collars make interesting wall hangings or are cool things to bring with you when educating people about what livestock guardian dogs are all about and sharing a little lore about some cultural heritage behind these pastoral dogs. People are unlikely to forget the collars after seeing them!

I don't recommend letting your dog freely wear these collars around people or around the house unless you're quite used to living with a mobile version of an iron maiden in your environment, or are just eccentric enough to enjoy to the thought of a Kato/Clouseau-like existence risking your valuable furnishings, your clothing and your walls when your sweet, loyal, affectionate dog is wearing such a collar and comes up to you for a cookie. :)

Kato vs Agent Clouseau
Too funny. Had to post the clip. haha!!


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Monday, January 07, 2008

Keep 'Em In Collar

Picture is turned sideways for the blog, but this gives a nice four hundred pixel wide shot of the proportions of this collar.

The metal band in the center has a leather collar bolted down on the outside.
The band is actually two half circles for ease of putting around the dog's neck.

The M shaped extensions on this collar prevent the dog from squeezing between pole and/or wire pens, preventing her from going at will from one pen to the next during her training period. Despite the size of these dogs, they are often excellent shape-shifters and powerful enough to cause some types of fencing to give way. Livestock dogs in training need to be supervised during their training period so any problems can be nipped in the bud, so this custom collar method kept her in the desired pens during training.

Another look at the collar.
Also note in the background, one of the types of panels used. This Anatolian's primary job was not with mules and horses. The sheep pens had a variety of different fencing, but the collar was designed to be effective all around the ranch.

A little closer, so you can see the welding detail.

I had gone with Carolyn Domecq to Dennis' ranch do a registration evaluation on this Anatolian a few years ago. I had forgotten my camera so thanks to Carolyn (website), we were able to get these photos of Dennis' handiwork at his ranch!


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Blogger Judy sent us a woof // January 07, 2008

This collar is a great idea. Someone should convince Dennis to produce them for sale. Thanks for showing us!   

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Authentic Spiked Metal Turkish Dog Collars and New Website!

Above: Mid 90s, Aslan, my Anatolian Shepherd Dog modeling a metal Turkish spike collar from the region of Konya. Below Aslan models a collar of the Kayseri type. I collected a few more collars with Andrea's help, but the two shown here came to me years before, from other sources

Since the end of Y2K, Andrea Jacobs has provided us with a reliable and trustworthy source of hard-to-get items such as authentic metal Turkish spike collars.
Not only did she travel to Turkey to obtain them, sometimes during potentially risky times (considering the region) -- sometimes she had to endure delays and other issues in order to get her finds back to the USA. Some of the collars, especially the ones made of iron were very heavy and had the potential of being able to eat the packages that held them!

The news is that she now has a beautiful website on its own domain! Go check it out!

Andrea traveled to different areas around Turkey and was able to provide a variety in collar styles in many of their diverse regional flavors over the years. Her new finds were usually fresh styles which differed from previous stock, which means some of us who collected collars were often impressed with her finds. Some collars came from Cappadocia, others came from Aksaray or Kayseri and more came from other regions.

A little background on these collars. Traditionally, it's said that the herd guardian had to earn the collar, by virtue of evidence found by the shepherd, that the guardian had killed a predator. The collar would then be placed around the dog's neck to protect it in the case of a serious fight.

The Aksaray style collar on the door knob is one of Andrea's collars.

That's the story anyway, but it isn't necessarily true that the dog necessarily killed a predator. Some dogs are given the collars to help protect the dog from the outset. Some poor shepherds with few goats and sheep, might have only one or two dogs. Maybe he didn't have a dog for a while, and had just gotten one. Can hardly afford to lose the dog now! The loss of a single one of them could mean loss of future potential of the herd.

In the past, herds could be huge! Multiples of dogs ran with the herds. Some shepherds have said as many as a dozen or more dogs would be with the herds that had hundreds of hoofstock. It would then be more likely that a special favorite or a proven one would have the collar if the shepherd had the means to fashion or procure one. The collar on such a dog was a status symbol of its worth. Very poor shepherds sometimes used wooden spikes pushed through layers of leather to make these collars. I don't have a photo of such a collar but that's just some collar lore for ya. :)

Andrea wasn't only about collars, she also presented us with a selection of unique Anatolian, Turkish and Persian items. Some in leather or kilim and other media. She sometimes shared her finds in carpets, runners, and pillows. Some were small gift items, holiday surprises and while other things could be rich with some aspect of cultural value.

Occasionally she had items with nazar boncuğu (nazarlık) on them, either as a symbol as part of the object's design or as beads stitched to the item. Usually referred to as the Evil Eye, the "nazar bonchu" commonly refers to the charm, amulet, or talisman that wards off the effect of bad luck or the bad "evil eye" (or curses/evil intent) by staring it down with the watchful big eye.

This Evil Eye good luck charm symbol in Turkey is quite ubiquitous and often a beautiful cobalt blue. I have a few pieces of glass like the ones on the left. They have small holes at the top, and can be made into jewelry. The problem with jewelry is that I often promptly lose it, so the eighteen year old pieces, I have are tucked away in a box til I figure out what to do with them. :D

As you can see in the round glass pieces and in the triangular felt piece above, it is a simple, stylized, wide open eye symbol. Sometimes this is painted on buildings, put on vehicles, made into wall hangings, or fastened as charms onto children's clothing. The stylized eye stares down bad luck and makes it go away. Keychains are pretty cool, as some of them have multiples of beads with the eye on them. The evil eye looks out for you at all angles! It's not a religious symbol nor highly superstitious these days, but more of an automatic and comfortable presence. Many of us have a horse shoe or four leaf clover around somewhere and when we think of it, we think symbolically of two words: good luck. It's about the same caliber. :)

Related links:
Old website for Andrea - Taking My Time


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Anonymous jan sent us a woof // September 05, 2007

The spiked collars are awesome. The probably don't come in tiny sizes though.

Didn't think so.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // September 06, 2007

Not in Turkey anyway.

The things are not fun to have around on a pet dog. Too easy to get scratched and stabbed when the dog comes up for some hugs!

I have seen toy breed collars that feature "pit bull" style, studded miniature chrome spikes! :)   

Friday, August 24, 2007

All That's Left - part II!

Coco's collar

I'm so behind on web stuff, email and everything else! But just wanted to say, doggies are doing fine. I'll be blogging about them again soon. Stuff has backed up, stress has taken me for quite a ride. Many posts I started (on MY dogs) were never published but need to be re-dated and finally put online. It's always more fun to make a photo blog and what happened was that I was never getting around to taking new pics. :)

Other stuff... I am so wanting to get back to finding time to play The Sims 2, I'm having trouble remembering all the tricks I used to know about the game so I'll probably have to relearn a lot. I am several stuff packs and expansion packs behind and have little clue what they involve and add to the game, aside from Seasons which is giving the game complications of weather and of the leaves on trees turning color (which must look pretty cool but probably needs lots more memory to run). There's a new expansion that lets you do Vacations, called Bon Voyage (boy I can't remember my last real life vacation!). I'm far from tired of the expansion packs that I do have; I've got an idea for using the game for a real life dog related project which I have roughly formulated in my head. (yep, gotta find some productive use of computer games, haha!)

Soooooo.... Anyway, you probably are wondering what is the story that goes with the above collar pic.

sigh... If you're a regular reader, you probably already have an idea given the tooth marks in the webbing... ;)

To my dismay, our resident collar bandit(s) has demolished yet another collar. See above, this is was Coco's collar. It's a new one I ordered back in June (didn't get for a month cos the order got lost). I ordered 3 web martigale collars several months ago in the same style but different colors, one each for Ruya, Coco and for Coco's brother, Helmut. Doesn't above remains look a lot like what happened to Ruya's collar?

And that's not all, Ruya's collar (a black one this time) has gone missing again! I suspect that pieces will turn up eventually.

AND Helmut? Oh yep, I put a nice blue collar on him and his is missing too.

Between the three of those guys, I can't keep collars on them! Tags get twisted off and lost too. What to do? I don't want to put tight buckle collars on them for fear that one will get teeth hooked in and there could be a panic that might result in a serious fight if no one is home, but at the rate we're going, this is deja vu. It happened with Ruya and Boone when they were growing up. I think I'll keep collars off the trio for another year or so!

Zor (mama) and Boone (adult male) still have their collars but neither of the two care for the neck grabbing war games that the trio enjoy, so it's just a Coco, Ruya and Helmut thing about war games that involve grabbing collars.

Pictures coming... I haven't taken new ones for quite a while! (but don't hold your breath!) ;)
My first experience with rough coated Anatolians and both Coco and Helmut are turning out to have quite different coats!

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // August 27, 2007

Don't worry, in a couple of years the pups will lose interest in chewing everything in sight. I wish I knew a source for tougher collars but greyhounds are not known for needing them!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // August 28, 2007

A couple years, yeah... sigh
I'll enjoy their youth though!

Ruya grew out of doing it with Boone (same age as she is, 4.5 years). Now she's a puppy again because of the brats.   

Friday, June 15, 2007

Speaking of Collars!

Speaking of collars . . . a recent blog comment from "very_vizsla" aka Karen Friesecke included a link to her custom collar site Doggie Stylish.

I checked it out and just love this gorgeous martingale style collar on this page! Check it out, it's great eye candy.

It'd look wonderful on Ruya while she does Service dog work for me, ya think? Definitely not for every day wear among the savages er... other Anatolians, and certainly not to be worn during war games! :O

Now for something a little more Turkish -

Kayseri style Turkish Spike Collar

Meanwhile, Andrea of Taking My Time has just gotten back from Turkey and has a new shipment of Turkish dog spike collars. Several varieties available! A new featured regional style is the Kayseri style collar above.


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Anonymous dog collar addict sent us a woof // June 24, 2007

damn, that's one scary collar!! looks like something out of a torture magazine!!   

Thursday, June 14, 2007

All That's Left!

. . . of Ruya's collar!

Earlier this month, Ruya lost her collar. I didn't find it til recently and about 8 inches of it is still missing.

Apparently she'd been playing war games with my other ASDs and someone got her collar off. One (or both?) of the seven month old pups then turned it into a chew toy! See the nice puncture marks?! This is a rather old and soft, nylon web collar. This remnant is about 14 inches long.

It is a martingale style collar that used to be an odd lime green color which can partially be seen on the headshot of Ruya posed on the bottom left of this page. I like these martingale type collars because they can be left on loose enough so that the dog can slip out if the dog gets caught on something. And the style of the collar allows it to be effective on a leash -- as it will tighten up and not slip over the head when in use.

Anyway, time to buy a new collar for Ruya. :)

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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Anatolian sized Kilim Collars

Andrea, over at "Taking My Time" has made a small batch of BIG dog sized Kilim collars.
These are absolutely beautiful with sturdy hardware suiting such big dogs.

I'd been trying to get a photo of Ruya posing in a Kilim collar but here are the results of the best I could do!
If I made her stand back a ways so I could get a nice headshot with the collar, she'd give me a look that would tell the world I beat her terribly to get her to pose. If I made her happy and got her to stand back enough so I could get a great pic, she'd keep looking at me and the pose would hide the collar. I can't WIN! ;)

Kilim Collar

Kilim CollarTake a look at these beautiful collars here. She may still have some that are small enough for medium sized dogs.


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Anonymous Leigh-Ann sent us a woof // July 07, 2006

That is a beautiful collar. I make Dante wear a cheap collar with his name and phone number embroidered on it, as he tries to eat tags if they're hanging.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // July 08, 2006

Our's don't tend to eat the tags so much as tear them off somehow! Numbers on the collars are a great idea. I also like those leather ones with the brass plate fitting, won't catch on things and the dog's always got their info with them.

At any rate, since my dogs prefer being outside and nice things do not last long out there, we keep the Kilim inside and just use it for fancy stuff. :)   

Friday, June 09, 2006

New Turkish Collars at Andrea's Taking My Time

Andrea's website has some snazzy new Western style concho collars and several Turkish buffalo leather collars with metal trim. Among these are a few with FLASHY day-glo/neon pink felt lining -- the very popular and showy Turkish BIG dog collars with the assorted metal bells. (see a similar one below)

Nearly gone now, are the last of her Turkish beaded collars and the custom Kilim and leather dog collars which fit medium sized dogs. Not many left. Lots of eye candy there. :)

I can't resist! These below are not the new collars, but I have a few 2005 pics of Gerlach Beau modeling a couple collars when I last visited him in Napa. They are just 'ok' pics but still nice enough to share because the collars are so impressive. :p

Bells and beads collar
Bells and beads on a felt lined Turkish Collar
The above collar is meant to be showy and is often displayed on prized Turkish stud dogs. This one has nylon instead of buffalo leather strapping.

Spike collar
Beau modeling the Aksaray style Turkish spike collar
This collar is intended to protect the flock guarding dog from getting gripped around the neck if the dog has to face off with a Turkish wolf. Beau doesn't have the collar completely fastened around his neck so it looks loose. These collars fit very snugly.

In the USA, we like to collect these awesome collars as decorations. NOTE the very cautious hand avoiding those spikes! :)

Another pic of this style of collar is here. (not the exact same one)

Andrea's Taking My Time
Gerlach Anatolians - Beau's home.


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Anonymous Leigh-Ann sent us a woof // June 09, 2006

Hello from me and my Anatolian, Dante, in Las Vegas! You've got some gorgeous photos on your blog, and I've definitely enjoyed browsing it. I have a photo of my Anatolian at the bottom of my most recent blog entry. He'll turn 6 on July 4th.   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // June 10, 2006

Thanks Leigh-Ann and Dante for leaving a note when you dropped by. I checked out your blog and remember being there before! Thanks for the better chance to look at Dante.   

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sedat style Turkish spiked collar available

Andrea now has a new addition to the line of Turkish spiked dog collars that she has available.

Sedat style collar
Sedat style Turkish dog collar.

detail of sedat style collar
Click image to enlarge.

Check out Andrea's website for more details on this and other items she has available.


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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Turkish dog collars on sale at Andrea's site

Andrea has got a limited time sale going on right now.

From now until Christmas, her Turkish collars are on Sale!

This includes all her Kilim collars, the beaded EVIL EYE collars (including one type for a horse) and the always impressive, spiked metal dog collars.

Pictured is the Aksaray style collar
Go and check it out!

See a dog wearing one and see other types of collars. Here's Aslan modeling some collars.


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Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Turkish Beaded Dog Collar

A friend shared pictures that shows her young male wearing one of the beautiful beaded collars with bells, leather and felt, from Andrea's site. The handsome model is Old Glory Zoran of Shaman Anatolians. Thanks to Audrey Chalfen for sharing the pictures!



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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // May 18, 2005

Another place to see dog pictures! Hooray!