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Friday, May 15, 2009

Our Anatolian Shepherd - Quincy, and mourning

Today we are mourning the loss of our beautiful, sweet, mixed breed puppy, Pepper.

This past Wednesday, Pepper was involved in an accident that broke her leg. We took her to the vet hospital, and on Thursday had to make a very hard decision. To have her broken leg amputated. The vet thought that it would be the best choice under the circumstances. We left very sad, but convinced. We decided to have her spade at the same time.

This evening, we received a phone call that devistated us. While undergoing surgery, a routine shot was administered, and it caused our otherwise healthy puppy to pass away. The doctor assured us there was nothing we could have done differently, but it still feels like we did something wrong. Anyway, our lives were forever changed by the addition of this sweet life in ours. And we will miss her terribly for a long, long time. Goodbye, sweet baby.

This past February we completed a dream. Or started one. I'm not sure how to quantify that.

We were finally able to find an affordable Anatolian Shepherd for our property. Anatolian Shepherd's are relatively new to the United States and AKC has just recently acknowledged them as a registerable breed. Our's is not papered.

We've started the process of gathering cinder blocks off of craigslist to attempt to build a nice, warm, dry kennel.

Now this is for our peace of mind, because the Anatolian Shepherd could care less if it is nasty outside. They are a rugged dog, bred to protect their "flock," whatever that flock is (sheep, horses, cows, chickens, children, other dogs.) You have to take a lot of extra time with them in order to socialize them properly if you want them to be around other people. We do.

From AKC:
Alert and intelligent, calm and observant. Instinctively protective, he is courageous and highly adaptable. He is very loyal and responsive. Highly territorial, he is a natural guard. Reserve around strangers and off its territory is acceptable. Responsiveness with animation is not characteristic of the breed. Overhandling would be discouraged."

Anyway, here is a picture of our Anatolian Shepherd, Quincy. She is only six months old.


  1. She is verry butifull! if I right, if you posted this six months ago and she was six months old then, then she is about one year old. what does she look like now? can you post new pictures of her? I am verry interested in this breed of dog.

  2. I am so sorry that it has taken me so long to respond to this comment. Shame on me! There are so many changes in my life that I hardly know which way is up anymore.

    Quincy is doing VERY well, and we adore her. She has far surpassed our expectations as a family dog. She is ultra protective of our family, and yet is also ultra loving with us. If you are a stranger, beware! She is not easily convinced that she can trust you.

    She is incredibly beautiful, and we are so happy to have her.