Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Today's Puppy Fix

They are all spending a few hours exploring things, wrestling and chasing each other in the main yard each day.
I look forward to my puppy fix!


Find da mommy
There's a mommy dog in this picture somewhere. Either that or it looks like the Canteen has a big lunch lineup!
I don't think Coco dropped her change. :D

Canteen driver, Zor, thinks it's time to get up.
Coco is determined, and really gets down to earth when she knows what she wants!

Batman moves on out while in the background Spot, 'T' and 'J' check something out as a team.

'T' looking for more things to conquer. 'J' takes a rest.

Neil has a little chat with 'T'.

Darth Ruya
Darth can't resist Ruya's tail dangling down as she rests on the glider chair with me.

Neil again. He seems to like being in pics!

Coco looks up from her nap.

A close up shows Coco chewing her cud! ;)


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

Oh, poor saintly Zor must be beyond ready for those pups to be weaned. Coco's eyes look greener than in the last entry - so pretty!   

Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // December 03, 2006

Hmmm... part alpaca?


Monday, November 27, 2006

Coco's Eyes - Watching Them Turn . . .

Pretty eyes!

Coco's eyes seem to be changing color so fast. In concentric layers from the outside in, a dark grayish outside ring, then moving inward there are pale flecks, like flames of amber, then inward still, a sort of lighter gray and and then blue surrounding the pupil. It's kind of fun watching how her eye colors change!

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Blogger ZaltanaAnatolians sent us a woof // November 27, 2006

Very interesting and very pretty   

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!   

Puppies - Assorted Pics 5 through 6 Week Old

Sun Nov 26, the pups will be seven weeks old. I'm still catching up on the backlog and am actually making headway. Yay, me! These pics are from a collection covering the end of their fifth and going to the end of their sixth weeks. :)

Coco snooze
A five week old Coco, snoozing.

Coco's eyes are turning grayish. They have a faint amber (yellowish) tinge that is increasing around the iris which gives them a sage or moss coloring in some photos. As a liver colored ASD, the transitions in eye color will continue through her first year.

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Cuddly Coco - this pic shows how fuzzy she can look. :)

Neil at five weeks. Sporting the ever popular 'wet look' -- thanks to helping to fill the water bowl.

Darth at 5 weeks. Snoozing after a meal. Does he look roly poly or what?!

Batman 5 weeks - very mellow guy.

Mr T playing with tug toy
Mr T playing with a suspended tug toy.

Starting their sixth week, I let them out to explore part of the yard for a few hours every day.

The pics below are from the first time they had a chance to explore outside their contained puppy area.

Neil & Darth
Neil in front - Darth behind him.

Darth coming forward.

Spot & Neil
Spot & Neil

J & Coco
J & Coco

Synchronized yawning?
Synchronized yawning . . . Ruya yawns, so does Coco.
Spot in the middle and Neil in foreground

Neil again.

Adult girls, Zor (furthest back) and Ruya (forward) on the left.
Puppies from 12 o'clock to the front are Spot, Coco and Neil.
On the right, Boone watches over all his babies.


. . . new camera - pics follow.

Ruya with pups
Ruya being mobbed by her siblings.
With pic above and those that follow, I'm trying out a new camera. This one is a Kodak EasyShare Z650.
It has a very different feel to it than my other digital cameras.

Above pic: Bottom right, you can see Ruya's feet in the forground, still mobbed by puppies. Are those are hind feet up in surrender? :)
Zor being mobbed by puppies for a snack. Boone in the background, head hidden behind Zor -- missed the shot I really wanted while fumbling for the new button locations.

What I wanted - Zor was laying down and Boone standing just behind her. The pups were approaching them. Only took a few seconds for me to lose the shot completely. :)

Above pretty much captures some of the chaos these darling little abductors have created in our lives here! Boone has actually been chased by his kids from time to time. He enjoys watching over them but doesn't want the whole pack closing in on him at once. Can't blame him. :)

'J' puppy - nicknamed for the capital J on her chest.

This new camera has 10x optical zoom with something called Schneider-Kreuznach Variogon. Don't ask. I had to look it up too.
I only took a few pictures because I had little idea if anything was coming out right and the camera seemed to be very busy focusing on things and adjusting this and that or some other thing within. Everything looked fuzzy in the viewfinder til I started to figure out how to use the buttons.

I wasn't even sure if above puppy was still in the picture when I took this one. Turned out okay.

Coco looking rough coated in a picture from the distance! This coat texture detail doesn't show up very well in distance shots from the other cameras. I'm starting to like this camera!

Neil and Mom
Nice detail. Every blade of grass and his coat shows up well with this shot. Compare to the shots with Neil from the Kodak EasyShare C330 above. James found the camera at a local Walmart sale. Not bad. :)

Other pup stuff: The boys all have their nether packages which started coming in on week 5. They are all also demonstrating some bite inhibition, not chomping quite so hard on their playmates or human victim. The girls are pretty social. Most social is Spot, then Coco, and finally 'J' in the current rankings for seeking social activity. Neil is the most social and adventurous of the boys, followed by Darth and T. Batman seems to be the most mellow although he gets up and about when I'm least likely to be ready with camera.

On the coats, Spot and 'J' (of the girls), have the smoothest of the medium coats. Next level up for coat length and increased plush appearance for a medium coat is 'T', who will probably have a coat like his big sister, Ruya. Coco and Darth have rough coats of about the same degree of increased intermediate texture. And finally Neil and Batman have definite rough and rugged looking coat and perhaps will have more in the way of feathering as adults than will Coco and Darth.

Mental note: Don't take this new camera for a swim in the puppy dish!

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Anonymous Anonymous sent us a woof // November 25, 2006

Wow, that camera takes great pictures!!
Okay, now let's see if I can post this comment successfully....   

Friday, November 24, 2006

Such a Simple Idea!

When the pups were five weeks old, we kept trying to get some pics showing how Spot and J, similar sized medium coat fawn pups, looked when standing next to Coco, who is a liver girl, turning rough coat.

Simple idea! But turn it over to two human klutzes and this is what you get. . .

I tried getting some unposed shots, showing Coco with one or both her sisters playing together. but the effect wasn't quite what I was looking for. . .

Spot & Coco
WATCH OUT, it's Coco-Zilla!
Coco munching on Spot's back.

They kept moving around and extra puppies kept getting into the shot. Sometimes their mom would stick her head into the shot and give a pup a kiss, which would usually result in various odd photos that didn't accomplish the objective.

So I thought, why not have James line them up on a chair and I'll just take a buncha pics. What could be easier than that?!

Well, here's how that turned out!

Chair pics
This is 'J' and Coco - almost 6 weeks old
Coco's taking up most of the chair and is trying to get her rear leg back onto the chair seat.
She is big compared to Spot and 'J' but because she is closer to the camera, it's a bit distorted.
James is trying to arrange the puppies to sit straight and front, so that I can get a picture of them sitting neatly to show their differences in height and bone.
In this picture, Coco is about 15.5 pounds. 'J' in the picture was 10.5 pounds.
Spot, the smallest girl in the first picture was 10 pounds -- all weighed the same day.

Chair pics
A bit distorted! Too distorted to be realistic in comparing their sizes! :)

A little better since they are both almost the same distance to the camera, but this is out of focus. The autofocus went for the shirt sleeves.

Okay, this one didn't work out either. Coco wanted to get comfy. "Hey, I'm a big puppy, I need the whole chair to myself!"
'J' was getting annoyed at all the repositioning and wanted to play with Coco, so she's attempting to chomp her sister.

So here's how it ended.
Coco jumped down and went off to get a nap.

I have a lot of photos that turned out funny like this.

Great thing about digital cameras is that you can keep snapping away.
With the old 35mm SLR cameras I had, developing and printing of experimental shots I couldn't see til after finishing and developing the roll of film usually resulted in fewer useable pictures when taking candid shots. :)

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

More Puppy stuff from November 10 2006

Okay, I'm really behind on everything lately but I'm working on it!
This is a continuation of week five with the puppies, so go back here and read if you missed it, then come back here.

Ready now?

Here are some photos from the puppies' fifth week dated November 10th, sent to us by the Koerners after their visit. They get all the credit for these great pics. I did was crop them down to take advantage of the high resolution detail in some of the pictures.

There are soooooo many photos but here are a few samples of scattered shots and some extra stuff thrown in. :)

Ruya and Darth
Darth and Ruya

Ruya loves Dave and Karolyn, and she loves "her" puppies too. Here she is laying in the straw in the puppy area.

Pretty roomy in here!
Ruya with one of the girls, showing how much room there is in the little doghouse in the Batcave.

In the above pic, see that gray blob on the right with a tail stepping out the front?
That's Batman stepping out of the Batcave

Batman and Coco
The front end of Batman, outside the Batcave, with Coco, of course.

Ruya, the lapdog, and Karolyn
Ruya demonstrating how to be a lapdog even when the victim Karolyn isn't using a chair


Can I sit there too?
Spot wants to get on Karolyn's lap too!

T and Neil
Mr T (on step) talks to Neil, probably about the popularity of the Batcave

This old house
Popular spot indeed. Ruya and Spot inside. Batman on the step. Darth playing with Neil off to the side.

This old house
Naptime. Everyone looks drowzzzzzzy

Ruya in the dog house.
Clockwise, starting with Batman on the step, Neil and Darth (on the bottom), Spot with her head above Darth.

Mom and Dad
Meanwhile, elsewhere in Gotham City.... Mama Zor in the background and noble Daddy Boone in foreground

Sleepy Darth

Headstudy Neil

Mr T arrives at the Batcave with news for Coco and Neil

Magnum kennel
New(ish) Kennel:
Our cheap chain mesh dog runs became demolished over the years due to weaknesses of the chainmesh material, so we bought this setup by Magnum. It has two doors, one of which is always open unless used. Both doors are temporarily held open with baling twine for the pups as part of their puppy area. It can be divided in half with a center panel if the need ever comes up (the giant doghouse would have to be pushed sidways or taken out).

We don't kennel dogs but these things are handy when you have workers around or need to contain a dog for any reason. I'm impressed with the quality of these panels and hope these will be good for a long time to come.

A fun side trip on doghouses now!
That giant doghouse which we have moved in the dog run, is well over 15 years old. It has been a favorite dog house (one of three big ones) for all of our Anatolians over the years. Because of the headroom, it is big enough so that I can get in there with two or more adult Anatolians and be pretty comfy! With fresh straw in the doghouse, we have fun 'making the bed'! Yep, it's true, I love that doghouse too. :)

The original frame was rebuilt this year and James given it three new sides and a new roof. You can see a few of the old boards being used as the front panel of the doghouse above.

The second largest doghouse still needs repairs.
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Zor and Ruya cuddle inside on a rainy day. (old pic by James)

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Zor demonstrates one of many deficiencies. This one also needs a new frame and some new sides due to the wear and tear it has suffered.
(this pic by me)
And finally, the very oldest doghouse of the three big doghouses, the one that Aslan, my former old service dog used to love standing or sleeping or just BARKING on top of and occasionally sleeping inside of, has long since collapsed!

Old frames can only be reboarded, renailed before the wood just gets too old to hold a good nail. Then there's nothing for it but to rebuild it from the ground up . . .

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My favorite old picture of this old doghouse (by Bill McKeon). There's Aslan on top with Disi, next to him. Bertha inside and Sabah with her head sticking out over the retaining wall for the straw. No wonder that house eventually collapsed! It became unsalvageable. I used to get into it and help spread the fresh straw - less headroom than the giant doghouse, but still not bad! With two adult Anatolians to help me, it was a lot of fun! I'd get out of the doghouse with straw in my hair, in my clothes and jeans and just grinning from ear to ear.

The picture wasn't a setup! Actually we had some visitors over and all the dogs came to greet. The exercise pen off to the left had a litter inside - this was 1994 . . . Anyway after "the meet and greet", the conversation got boring to the dogs, but they all wanted to stick around to monitor our guests and make sure nothing evil happened to the pups. Two went inside, two on top. (and one flew over the cuckoo's nest?) ;)

Aslan used to play "King of the Mountain" games up there, and would wrestle with other ASDs on the top board which had to be reinforced several times. It is at least three layers thick in the pic above. It was like the World Wrestling Federation sports going on up there. None of the occupants below would pretend to sleep through it. And the wrestlers didn't play 'dirty'. The object of the game was to keep to the middle of the roof with all four feet. If you got pushed to the edge, you didn't get thrown off but you were the clear winner if still in the middle. Speaking of grinning ear to ear, I wish I had some shots of grinning Aslan, standing up there, the undefeated champion. He will forever be a champion to me. :)

Speaking of wrestling, it's interesting that the dogs seem to understand certain rules. Actually it's kind of like Sumo wrestling. They all have to stay within a certain boundary near the center. A movie I have of Boone and Ruya wrestling using the same rules, can be seen here.

BTW, that orange Volkswagon also had a dented-in, flattened roof. You want to guess why? :rotfl:

:) :) :)

Anyway, back to the present:
Run for Mommy!
After Zor has a meal, she dashes into the puppy area and beelines for her big doghouse.

The puppies then try to pile in after her for quick refreshments. :)

In the above case, Zor only gave a demo of what happens when she makes a dash for her big house. But she told the puppies in rather clear language that both human and puppy could understand, "No ZUUP for YOU!"
Sigh . . . Oh well!

Watching you
This pic!

, I don't know what Dave may have said or done to Darth and Coco to get this expression (above) from them both, but I couldn't resist sharing this shot. LOL

Spot guards, Ruya sleeps, Coco kisses
Here is Spot On Guard, while Ruya sleeps.
Coco kisses Spot, who seems to have fallen asleep on the job.

Well, more pics to come. Thanks so much to the Koerners for sending all the pics for this entry! :D

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