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, May 30, 2006

Anatolian Blogroll - New bloggers!

We've gotten some new Bloggers who are now members of the Anatolian blogroll! Our blogroll currently features the little icon on the left that activates when pages have been updated. They are now listed anywhere that the blogroll is featured (like on the sidebar of several Anatolian blogrolls) so you can check out the latest updates.

Huri Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - in UK who currently has a litter available. Check out their beautiful dogs.

Hisar Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - also in UK. I've blogged some pictures of Hazine (Jazzy) and her small human pal. Now her human slave can blog about Hazine's antics. Check out their site too!

Last and not least is Kiramet anatolianpaimenkoirat - Where Semavi Kale Kadim (name meaning: celestial ancient fortress) rules from his side of the world. He is a littermate brother to my Ruya who watches everything on this blog, from the lower left corner.

She's stealing all MY ;) good pictures of Kadim! So here's one recent pic of this handsome prince, then you must GO and check out all the critters that live or have lived with Kadim's human slave in Finland. She's mentioned that he has had a recent role in a Finnish TV broadcast about the conservation efforts which use LGDs, or something like that. It hasn't been aired yet, but when it does I hope we get to see some pics or something from the show!

Looking bored!
Kadim patiently putting up with it all!

Huri Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - UK
Hisar Anatolian Shepherd Dogs - UK.
Kiramet anatolianpaimenkoirat - Finland


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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // May 30, 2006

Luckely I know that you are just proud that Kadim has such a finnish human slave   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // May 30, 2006

You've got that right, Anja! :)   

Blogger Kiramet sent us a woof // May 31, 2006

LOL! He's MINE, all mine, precious...

LOTR was a big hit (well, still is) back when I was anxiously waiting for everything to be organized so that Kadim could start his long journey from Sacramento via San Francisco Int Airport via Schiphol Int Airport in Holland via Helsinki Int Airport to our farm in Degerby, Finland... and the words of Gollum in LOTR kept repeating in my mind: He's MINE, all mine, precious...

BTW, Anja was of !great! help arranging so that Kadim received special attention while stopping briefly at Schiphol. Anja kept us updated every step of the way. And the staff at the Animal Hotel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol was super!

And thanks to Janice for sending me such a special boy!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // May 31, 2006

Yes, he is PRECIOUS!! And what would we have done without Anja?! Thank you Anja! :D   

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Bozkir Canavari: The Steppe Monster

Bozkir Çanavari: The Steppe Monster is the latest of articles available online, written by Guvener Isik in the ASDI newsletter (Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International, Inc., Choban Chatter ).

It is an authorized English translation of a chapter from the Turkish dog book, Turk Çoban Köpegi Kangal by Dogan Kartay. Thank you Dogan Kartay and Guvener Isik for doing this work!

This chapter explains a little about the mystery and intrigue behind some of the wolf/shepherd dog hybrids of Turkey, the parents of which "can be karabas, akbas or crosses of these two. The possibility of the survival of the cubs from the Çanavar parents is greater in the steppes."

It has been generally understood that wolf crosses have occasionally been used in the breeding of some of the shepherd's dogs, so this makes for some fascinating reading for Turkish dog fans! The robust health and the original diversity of these dogs, the hardships and the cultures behind them can be really appreciated here. Warnings about character of the cubs/puppies are mentioned as well. (lest anyone think that wolf/dog hybrids come without risk)

Here's another bit from the article...
Male Wolf and female Kangal pairs are bred under the control of the villagers of Yesildag region that is in the west of Beysehir Lake, which is located, further north of Toros Mountains.
location of Yesildag, Turkey

I'm really into maps, so I'm always referencing areas when specific regions are mentioned. This helps put a lot of what is said about Turkish shepherd dogs into clearer perspective. The Toros Mountains is the Turkish name for the Taurus Mountains and the region mentioned above can be seen here just at the northern edges of the Toros Mountains and between Konya (east) and Isparta (west) just south of Lake Beysehir...Map of Yesildag TR

Here's a photo of a twisting, winding road to Yesildag going around Lake Beysehir.

Road to Yesildag
Courtesy Lux's World

Here's a fascinating satellite map which helps put the rough terrain into a little more perspective. Pink spot is approximately Yesildag.

The region by USDA satellite

Boone and squeaky toy

Boone ponders a squeaky toy that is not a Steppe Monster.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2006

The Sims 2 - Pets are coming!

My Sim painting his imaginary Anatolian
My Sim painting his imaginary Anatolian

UPDATE: Friday, July 21, 2006 - It's OFFICIAL!
Preorder The Sims 2 Pets at the EA Store!

Oh, my goodness! I am really excited about this! Up until now, my Sims in The Sims 2 have only been able to paint their pet Anatolians or other critters -- and unlike the Sims in the previous version, they couldn't actually own any.

Well, thanks to a brief Sims 2 =teaser= in the midst of a much longer EA games feature clip which was shown at E3 2006, it became apparent last week -- that pets really are at least in the drawing stages for The Sims 2!

I know pet lovers who play Sims are pretty excited about this. The Pets feature from the EA presentation has been very briefly and cautiously expanded on by many Sims 2 fans that were lucky enough to go and see E3. The BIG news for me is that it seems definite that The Sims 2 will be having Pets! As of now, there really is no official word on it. Ah the suspense!

New expansion pack pets?
Oh boy oh boy!! :)

Found yesterday, at left, here's a picure capture (it is fuzzy since it was animated and taken at an angle) from a very brief video preview (a must see!) at
TheSidDog Machinima: E3 2006 Coverage, Day 1 - The Sims 2: Pets.

My Anatolian recolors from The Sims Unleashed
My old Sims Anatolians
I've never been much of a computer gamer aside from the occasional solitaire, tetris or mahjongg game, but when the original series of The Sims was out, my interest in the world of Sims was piqued when I saw an expansion pack called "The Sims Unleashed" on I then found the cutest little pictures showing pet dogs and cats from the game. I still had no idea what the game was about then, nor even what the hey an expansion pack was -- but nevermind I still wanted to experience some of that! Thus I got my start on the The Sims via Unleashed. So much fun. The collection of breeds didn't include Anatolians, but I recolored a few pups so I'd have a flashy red fawn, a regular =and= a white brindle, as well as classic yellow fawn. It turned out that I had arrived on the Sims scene just as a new series called The Sims 2 was being released. Essential game elements are similar but there are way better graphics, beautiful 3D animation AND you really need a great graphics card, plenty of memory and a fast CPU for The Sims 2.

SimMaster Ralph's Spaceport
A SimMaster Ralph creation - SpacePort

"The Sims 2" is a beautiful, flexible and creative game, and for many people who can find the time, rather "addictive". You can direct, build and challenge yourself in so many ways. You don't even have to play the game per se if you like building beautiful, strange or futuristic houses that Sims (and their pets) could live in or perhaps you like creating fashionable Sim people with custom clothing designs.

I'm sure I'm going to have the Pets version and will be finding some way to make some of my Sim doggies as Anatolian.

UPDATE: 17 July 2006 - Apparently there is going to be a sort Sim pet Generator or "Create A Pet" option where certain types of premade breeds of different species will be selectable to combine into customized pets. See ongoing specific pet related updates and pics at Pet page. It may be easier to make my own Anatolian Shepherd Dog (and other pets) than I previously imagined!

UPDATE: 30 Sep 2007 - This page gets a lot of hits for the SpacePort by SimMaster Ralph. Those readers who would like a Captain Jack Sparrow download good for any installed game of The Sims 2 might be interested in my other Sims 2 postings for other comments and downloads, also listed below as a 'label'.

Related Links:
Snooty Sims (check this for lots of Sims 2 related news)
E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
EA at E3 Media Center
SimMaster Ralph's SpacePort
The Sims 2 Home
Order it at EA

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Blogger Diane sent us a woof // May 24, 2006

And you know that someone at MTS2 will be happy to make a custom Anatolian (or a greyhound!) with infinite recolors :)   

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

I can't wait!!! :)   

Saturday, May 20, 2006

They are never here with us long enough . . .

Beka and friends
Beka and friends

A beautiful Semavi girl, Beka, went to sleep and passed on to the Rainbow Bridge over this Mother's Day weekend. She was 12 years old. Her registered name was Semavi Bereket Sevinç ("Beka").

A gorgeous red fawn, daughter of import Aslan of Murted and out of my Semavi Burali ("Bertha"), she was born May 3, 1994.

It was an especially memorable litter because it was the one with two Moms!

Both mother Bertha and grandma Sabah were in the litterbox, giving milk and raising the litter of nine fawn babies.

Sabah didn't have a litter of her own at the time, but she began lactating within a couple days of the litter's birth and insisted on helping her daughter raise the new babies.

Sabah is the white adult female to the right, and Bertha is the spotted female at the top.

Beka lived out her whole life in a wonderful home with a family that has always made their small number of dogs an important part of their family life. When they had to move, they took great care, choosing areas suitable for their pets and adapting to whatever their dogs handed to them. They kept in touch with me over the years and shared stories about their and Beka's life. (Isn't the Internet great?!)

I want to thank Jonathan Kessler and Beth Moscov and their family, for the wonderful life they shared with her. Here are a few special photographs that I have of Beka.

A much younger Beka at a show

Beka at home

A mature Beka girl

Beka and her goats

Beka, you were such a good girl. You are loved and will be missed...

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // May 20, 2006

I am Beka's mom. this is what I wrote the day she was born:

Beka was an Anatolian Shepherd Dog. These dogs are from Turkey and are a rare breed. They are more known now as there was one in a movie a few years ago but I forget which one.

Anatalions are flock protection dogs. They aren't shepherds. In fact, when you need to use herding dogs, you need to take the anatolians out of the herd as they will kill the herding dogs, imagining that the herding dogs are trying to hurt the flock. These dogs sort of become a sheep (or whatever you have them living with). As my hubby puts it, they are like the "biggest, baddest, sheep around". The kinda walk around with the herd and hang out but if a wolf or other predator shows up, they become ferocious, but only doing what it takes to get the predator away. They don't leave the herd as that could leave the herd open to other predators.

Anatolians are so good at what they do, that they are now being used in Africa in the cheetah conservation project to protect the cheetahs. Pretty cool.

Now more personal, we got Beka at 8 weeks old, as a tiny puppy of about 35lbs. Yep, tiny at 35lbs. As an adult, Beka hovered around 125lbs. She wasn't fat. I may be short but it is still a large dog that I can pet without bending over. That was Beka.

As a true working dog, with a working dog ethic, she really didn't like playing or cuddling that much. She was happiest when she was near her flock (the family and our animals) and we were having fun. She loved new babies and my grandbaby was a joy to her. I am glad she met baby Nikki before she died. We got Beka when Sara was about 5 years old. They have a special bond. Sort of grew up together.

One story about Beka occured when Sam was born. Beka had this "big, goofy, dog" grin. Sam was born at home and so visitors came to the house. I was usually parked on the couch holding the baby. And Beka was usually sitting beside me on the floor. This put her body between me and the front door. It took us a while to realized that she was keeping the new baby safe because she always had her big, goofy, dog grin on. But she was always there when people came over. When it was just family, she was okay hanging out in other places.

Over the last few years, there have been a lot of coyote attacks near us. Almost everyone has lost an animal. Because of Beka, who wakes us up each time, we are the only ones who have not lost something. And we have the most animals by far. We even had a coyote with it's jaws on one of our chickens but it let go and ran because Beka warned us in time. And that chicken survived.

Beka was an incredible dog. I will miss her terribly.   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // May 21, 2006

whoops. I wrote that the day she died, not the day she was born. I don't know how to edit my post though.   

Blogger Joan Sinden sent us a woof // May 21, 2006

Your post title says it all. There is no emotion like the death of a companion animal and no one can understand it until they've experienced it themself. 12 years is a blessing for such a large girl and I'm sure it must be because she had such a good life and good genes. Anatolians look like gorgeous dogs - we have very few of them in this part of the world so I've never met one - I'm sure Beka was one in a million.   

Friday, May 19, 2006

My Nerd Score

Thanks to Great Mistress Of Chaos, in Capetown, Africa at her blog - I saw this fun test and hoped it would be really short and quick. No disappointment there, but oh my, the result?! :)

Your Score Summary

Overall, you scored as follows:


3% scored higher (more nerdy), and 97% scored lower (less nerdy).

What does this mean?
Your nerdiness is: All hail the monstrous nerd.
You are by far the SUPREME NERD GOD!!!

I am nerdier than 97% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Kids and Anatolians - UK

I've gotten some new and precious pics from Hisar Anatolians in UK.

Hazine (also called "Jazzy") and her buddy!

A pair of ferocious lions!

Aren't they photogenic! Some other pictures I posted recently are here.


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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Safety of Internet Search Engines - Google, Yahoo, MSN, Ask....

When you do a search on a search engine, you normally don't worry much about getting your computer infected for merely clicking on a site in the search result and merely glancing at it. However infection vectors have become very sophisticated and exploit known and unpatched bugs in popular software.

The Safety of Internet Search Engines is a brief summary by Mary Landesman at of a report by McAfee regarding the safety of Search Engine use.
. . . the researchers point out that with an estimated 5.7 billion searches conducted in the US per month, that "even a 5% incidence of red/yellow sites would mean 285 million clicks to these sites every month from search engines." This makes search-scanning services such as the recently debuted Scandoo all the more attractive.

Check out the link above and check out Scandoo. You may want to bookmark Scandoo and begin using it for all your searches. It is not a new search engine, it is a realtime link evaluator of search results from Engines that you probably already use. From Scandoo, you pick the engine you want to search.


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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Turkish Working Dogs - Coyote

Kim Gray at Lost Armadillo Ranch writes:
The coyotes come up every so often, Kori and Grace had been barking nonstop, my husband was out of town, so I grabbed the camera and headed out for a "shot". Grace turned to look at me, as if to say "don't you see it?

Coyote in field
Coyote in the nearby fields

Grace knows coyote is in the field!
Grace: "Mom, don't you see the coyote?!"

Click pix to enlarge.


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Friday, May 05, 2006

Queen of the Hill - Semavi Kale Nadide

2006 picture of Nadide watching over her mini-horses.

A high vantage point and a good guardian.
Nadide is Semavi Kale Nadide, nicknamed Zoey. She is a littermate to my Ruya.

Another pic of Nadide from a 2005 picture watching over her horses.

When she was a puppy of 8 months, for several nights she started alarm barking because she sensed that something was wrong in the neighborhood. Her owners didn't know at first what the matter was.

No one knew there was a lion out there checking out the baby horses as well as the neighboring pets, goats and other livestock. Because Nadide raised the alarm and kept the lion away, all of Zoey's critters remained safe, but the neighbors who did not have livestock guardian dogs (LGDs) suffered some livestock losses before Fish and Game came out tracked down the lion.

Photo courtesy of Nadide's neighbor and California Fish & Game

Paw of the captured lion next to an adult's hand above.

Lions that develop a taste for hunting and preying on pets and animals right in backyards of humans may also be dangerous enough to be stalking small children. They lose their innate caution of being in human populated areas. These cats usually cannot be captured and responsibly put into another area since they may actually seek out more easy prey among human homes, a source of easy pickings - especially if the territory where they are released, belongs to a stronger lion.

Some more pics of Nadide and links to her littermates are here.


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Blogger Ron Southern sent us a woof // May 05, 2006

Eeeg! Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my!   

Blogger Judy sent us a woof // May 06, 2006

Wonderful pictures and a great story. We so often have no idea what our dogs are barking at, but usually they have good reason. Good job, Nadide!   

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Ravenwood Farm Tails

Ravenwood Farm Tails is new member of the Anatolian Blogroll. Check out the beautiful mountain farm scenery!

There's a sweet collection of dogs, including working LGDs and their livestock to be seen. If you haven't been there before, do read the archives when you have time. Lots of photos!

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Monday, May 01, 2006

Anatolian Blogrolling - Dog Blogging

I've been playing with a "blog roller" which lets the reader know at a glance when listed blogs are updated. I have set up an Anatolian Blogroll and have been experimenting with implementing it to help our Anatolian Shepherd Dog community grow.

The script for the one I chose allows me to add a little attention getting icon to the list of blogs which will show up whenever blogs on the listing have been updated within the past two days. A few blogging engines may not activate the icon properly but for the most part it works great. It's got some familiar (to me) faces on it, three of my dogs (Zor, Ruya & Boone) and Shaman's Ten Bears, who is the familar mascot for our Anatolian Ring as well.

If all the servers are working right, you'll see the icon in action anywhere someone is using the Anatolian Blogroll code. It can be inserted into sidebars, regular webpages, examples are in my sidebar and page. The code involves javascript so I couldn't put it on a blog posting itself, although I'm attempting to embed it as an object here. You'd be able to see it in Firefox browser, and it works just fine in a sidebar or regular web page. My current sidebar uses a version of this blogroll in a transparent iframe.

Blogrolling Code for Anatolian Shepherd Dog Blogroll

Copy the code (Ctrl+C) and paste it (Ctrl+V) into your Blogger sidebar or webpage.

If other members of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog community have a blog that at least occasionally features Anatolian related postings, let me know, and I'll add you to the blogroll. A comment on my blog with a link to your blog is perfect as other visitors can see your comment and link as well. I can then visit and see your blog at work.


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Blogger Tazkwok sent us a woof // May 01, 2006

How many dogs do you have?? One of my baby turtles is sick, and I am so stressed right now. Do you know anything about turtles? My turtles have fungi on their shells. Totally disgusting!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // May 01, 2006

Taz, I left an answer on your blog for the Turtle problem. I didn't really have answers for you but gave a few links and ideas. Your turtles maybe need more sunshine in a safe place and their water should probably be kept a little bit acidic. Both sun and a lower pH are helpful against fungus in otherwise healthy critters.

I have three dogs right now. Two that are 3 years and one that is 8 years.   

Blogger Tazkwok sent us a woof // May 02, 2006

Thank you for the link. You have been a great help to me. Guess what? My turtles are doing a little bit better today. I have been so stressed in the past few days! I only got like four hours of sleep each night. I kept waking up thinking about my turtles.I am a father in distressed!   

Blogger Semavi Lady sent us a woof // May 03, 2006

Taz, glad things are looking up. I hope they are out of trouble now.

When they grow up, you can tell them about all the gray hairs they gave to you! :)