It’s that time of year when the Anatolian Shepherd dog show rolls around. This was my 3rd year and 4th show attended & I’m more in love with these dogs than ever. It’s been amazing getting to know the dogs & their owners and to see the community grow.
There were lots of new dogs this year and many familiar faces. It was interesting to see some of the more recent litters and their temperaments. So many of the younger dogs were so friendly and wanting of attention, be it human or other dogs. I’m not saying the older Anatolians aren’t that way, but I guess they are more set in their way.
I’ve never really been around younger Anatolians though, and from what I’ve read & know of the breed, they are the years when you really have to shape them into the dog you want them to be. Socialise them heavily if you want them to be a pet, or get them used to animals if they are to be guardians. It was just strange walking past so many dogs who were all “Pat me, pay me attention“.
This is the beautiful Zazu, who you may remember that I got to show last year. He’s grown even more and is as handsome as ever. I’m so excited because he’s going to a new home and I just know he’s going to love it there. Sadly this year there has been several tragic losses of some beautiful dogs who are so very much missed.
I got to babysit and show Dragon, who I also babysat with Zazu early last year. She is such a gorgeous girl and I admit to having such a soft spot for her. I love that even though I can’t have a dog right now, I still have the opportunity to go to events and form bonds with these amazing dogs.
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