Anatolian Shepherd Rescue

Anatolian Shepherd Rescue

by Elaine

(South Africa)

Jack when he was roaming the streets

Jack when he was roaming the streets

Jack when he was roaming the streets

Jack has shown a lovely temperament from the start

This lovely Anatolian Shepherd dog is now in a safe place on a farm with a foster family who have become so fond of him they will probably keep him instead of rehoming him again.

He'd been wandering around our small town whenever he could escape from his miserable life and confines with abusive owners. After having arranged a foster home, we simply spirited him away one day before he could be impounded or harmed in some way.

He was so thin, and very listless. His hindquarters, under the thick fur, were skeletal. The vet diagnosed Ehrlichiosis, which had become chronic.

For more than a week he lay on the cool tiles in the bathroom of his foster home, barely lifting his head. He had to be helped up to go outside.

He was prescribed three weeks of antibiotics, and being a firm believer in homeopathic remedies, I contributed from my own stash various remedies including those for injury, trauma and shock, immune boosting and the Bach Flower Remedy Hornbeam for weariness and moving forward.

From the start it was clear that Jack had a wonderful temperament - surprising in view of the beating and abuse he'd suffered. We had no idea how old he was - he looked like an old man.

We were amazed when the vet told us he was only about a year old. Three weeks later now, and he is a well and happy dog, kind to everybody, and well integrated with the household dogs - a white German Shepherd and a golden Labrador Retriever - the family and friends.

Everyone involved in the rescue is contributing to dog food and veterinary costs. Can you believe that when people phoned the owners to tell them their dog was on the loose in the village, they said "shoot him". That was the husband. His wife, when formally approached about finding an appropriate farm home, said she wouldn't just give him away, she'd paid a lot of money for him and had found a buyer. Who knows where, if he'd lived, he would have landed up.

We pray for a long and happy life for Jack.

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Household Anatolians

by: douglas

Well done for rescuing Jack. I am sure he will be a devoted companion.
I have a 10 monnth old female who is well socialised to people and other dogs, and is an absolute delight.
South Africans are not used to seeing them as pets, and so this urban myth that they should not be household pets does the rounds. In the UK, USA and yes even Turkey they are commonly household pets, seen not infrequently in the parks of London.
However like all big "guard dogs" eg Rottweilers, German Sheperds, Boerbuls etc. owners should take special care to "bring them up well", and yes I agree that none of these guard dog breeds should be for 1st time dog owners.

Anatolian Shepherds are Not Easy to Train

by: Pat

It is good to know Jack's story has a happy ending. The story makes me wonder if Jack's owners became frustrated with the independent nature of this dog breed.

Anatolians are bred to be guard dogs. Specifically, they are used to protect flocks from dangerous predators. Consequently, they are independent thinkers, they don't trust strangers and they are not easy to train.

Having said that, Anatolian Shepherds can definitely be trained. However, their owners must be persistent, even tempered and willing to use positive dog training methods (praise and rewards) rather than harsh methods and beatings.

If you enjoyed Jack's story and you think you would enjoy one of these beautiful dogs, please learn more about the Anatolian Shepherd before deciding. These huge dogs are not the best choice for first-time dog owners, especially those with little experience training a dog.

Thanks again for your story and for the great pictures. Very inspiring!

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