Sunday, December 28, 2008

Season's Greetings

Season's Greetings!

Our Featured Dog today is "Roxy". You may remember Roxy as the senior girl that spent her birthday in the Albuquerque NM shelter. She has been in her new home now for about a month and is doing really well. Roxy might not be as old as the shelter said she was b/c she is quite spunky and loves to wrestle with her Anatolian brother. Isn't she a pretty girl? Whatta face.

URGENT DOGS: Tank is in northern CA, Placerville area, and is in urgent need of a foster or adoptive home ASAP. His owner's can no longer keep him and he may end up in the shelter if we don't move him quickly. Tank is appx 3.5 yrs old, people friendly, good with kids, other dogs and cats. You can see his picture here:

TRANSPORTS: We are trying to move "Cooper" from a boarding kennel in Pryor, OK to his foster home in Polvadera NM. This transport will run the weekend of 1/3-1/4. It will be traveling thru OK, TX, and NM. If you might be able to help, please contact NASRN Transport Coordinator, Beth Goldowitz

FUN VIDEOS: Two cute videos. The first is of Coby, aka Cody, one of the two dogs that narrowly escaped being put down @ the Madera CA shelter not long ago. His foster mom took this video of him shortly after they arrived home from transport.

Sunny sent this next video in this morning. It is really cute and looks like a lot of fun

Sunday, December 21, 2008

FEATURED PICTURE: This is "Amdo" (left) with his new sister, Baki. Amdo was given up by his family when they moved out of the country. He spent quite awhile in foster care, patiently waiting for his new family. He was adopted about a month ago and is doing great. He and Baki have become fast friends are are exploring the new snow together.

UPDATES: It's rather quiet right now......... Cody, one of the dogs from the Madera CA kill shelter traveled to his new foster home yesterday.

From here on out, Cody will be known as "Coby". His foster mom, Heather reports he weathered the transport fairly well and is a very sweet boy. Stay tuned for updates and new pics.
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Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Friday, December 19, 2008


Santa's handsome helper is "LG" (Life's Good). LG and some of his siblings were dumped in a shelter last year b/c their owner had too many dogs. When he came to Carol Bauman's home as a foster dog, he was terrified of everyone and everything. LG had spent most of his life in a little pen w/basically no human interaction. He's come a long way since then.....Carol has treated him for Lyme disease and heartworms too. Thanks to Carol, LG has a loving home now and is learning that life outside that little pen is not so scary after all.

TRANSPORT: Thanks to Juliana and some very kind & generous drivers, Cody will be traveling to Winchester, CA to his foster home w/Heather S and family! Cody is one of the Madera CA dogs that barely escaped a death sentence at the shelter on Monday.

WARM WISHES go out to Diane Thiel, one of our foster moms. Please keep Diane and her family in your thoughts as her son begins his second tour in Iraq.

NORTHERN CA: "URGENT" We have another dog in a northern CA shelter that is in urgent need of a foster home. Stay tuned for more info. Her name is "Holly".

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

December 17, 2008

FEATURED DOG: This is "Merlin". Merlin was dumped in a Florida shelter last year. Being an older dog, he wasn't considered very adoptable. Merlin hitched a ride all the way up to Ohio where he was adopted by his foster mom, Jody Shaw. Merlin is a handsome guy, isn't he? Gotta love these older dogs..... I think Anatolians just get better as they get older.
Looks like winter is here in many parts of the country! Even though our big guys & gals are hearty dogs and have a thick undercoat, they do still need a place to get out of the wind, rain or snow. A nice thick bed of dry hay or straw or a raised bed off the cold ground will help keep them cozy if they sleep outside. The senior dogs and young pups are always more sensitive to cold/hot temps so please be sure to give extra care the the older guys/gals and the babies too.

UPDATE: Cody & Scooby are out of the shelter and in their foster home. Well, Cody is in his temporary foster and is waiting for a ride to his longer term foster in Riverside area.

TRANSPORT: Anyone along the route between Fresno, CA and Riverside CA.?? If you aren't busy this weekend and might want to help w/Cody's transport, be sure to send a note to our Transport Director, Juliana Lipe

GET WELL WISHES!! Sending big hugs and get well wishes to ......

"Alex" (Ingram) We hope you're feeling better after your knee surgery!
"Annie" (Moore) Hoping you're feeling better after your recent surgery after suffering from bloat/twisted stomach.
URGENT: We do have another urgent dog in a kill shelter. She is a pretty white Akbash Dog in Weatherford, TX. Her kill date is Friday, December 19th. We're looking for a foster home for her, even if it's short term. We can board her after Christmas but the kennel is full until then!
If anyone is able to help, please contact Tammy Ardolf

Monday, December 15, 2008

UPDATE: Madera CA dogs are SAFE!!

UPDATE: Scooby and Cody, the two dogs at the Madera CA shelter who were slated for euthansia this morning, are now officially on hold for rescue so they are safe! We're busy working on arrangements to get them out of the shelter and into foster care.

Thank you all so much for cross posting and a big huge thank you to our Foster Moms!!
Whew! That was a close one, I'm getting too old for this kind of excitement. :-)

Sunday, December 14, 2008

No Vacancy

"NO VACANCY"..........I feel like that's the sign hanging over our heads right now but it doesn't stop the flow of dogs knocking at the door, needing help to escape euthanasia.

Usually, if we're in a life or death situation and a dog needs out "right now", we would find a place to board him/her. Being the holiday season, it's next to impossible to find a kennel with any space.

Our featured dog this morning is "Cody". He and his brother are in a shelter in Madera California.

He is slated to be killed tomorrow morning unless we're able to find a foster for him.

We "have" had one offer to foster Cody and his brother, but that offer is from Washington and I'm not sure if we can find a place for them to stay while we work out transport, and, I'm not even sure if we can get a transport filled that quickly.

So, right now, his fate is still unknown.

UPDATES.......... not a lot of updates, actually. Most of our urgent dogs are still in urgent need of fosters.

Ellie in CA, the cute girl with the cropped ears, did manage to find a foster home this past week, so that's good news.

A cute pup named Hollywood was adopted by his foster family this week also.

I guess that's about all. Please think PAWSitive thoughts for Cody and Scooby in the Madera CA shelter. Feel free to cross post their plight today. We only have until Monday morning at 8 am to come up with something.

Here are their Petfinder links:


TODAY AND TOMORROW ARE THE LAST DAYS FOR OUR ESSENCIA FUNDRAISER. See information below! Essencia makes high quality, luxurious hand made personal care products. Hurry hurry to get your order in before it's too late!. :-)

Just in time for holiday giving, NASRN's latest fundraising opportunity comes to us from ESSENCIA, a company specializing in personal care products created exclusively from high quality botanical ingredients. This unique line of handmade soaps, lotions, creams, balms, scrubs and salts, along with gift baskets and holiday candles and scents, has been carefully formulated, handcrafted and packaged for your use and enjoyment.

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Here's how it works: Log on to and make your selections. After making your purchase, enter NASRN in the discount code box at checkout. You will receive a 15% discount applied to your purchase total, prior to tax and shipping. You may use the code as many times as you'd like between November 22nd and December 15th, 2008. NASRN will receive a donation equal to 25% of your purchase, excluding tax and shipping, at the close of the offer on December 15h. Do your holiday shopping at a discount at AND benefit our NASRN rescue dogs, too!

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Monday Morning

Good morning! I hope you all had a great weekend.

Let's see, what's going on today...........

Our featured dog today is "Bear". In 2003, Bear was adopted by Linda Palmateer in MD. Sadly, Linda lost her big Bear much too soon in 2006. Bear was a magnificent dog and he is deeply missed. On our Rainbow Bridge page, Linda writes, in part:

I think Bear sometimes thought he was a little dog. He would try and sit in my lap while I watched TV. If I sat on the floor his big ol’ head was resting in my lap. If I was on one side of the room he would belly crawl over to me, just so that he could be as close as possible. If I sat on the loveseat he would put his head on the cushion, looking adoringly up at me with those ancient and wise looking yellow/green eyes. I would then scratch his nubbies, the name we gave his cropped ears. I love him and miss him so much.

You can see all of the memorials on our Rainbow Bridge page here. Be sure to have kleenex:

URGENT DOGS: We still have many dogs in urgent need of foster or adoptive homes.
Cooper in Pryor OK and Blondie & Clyde in Waco TX are the most urgent right now.
All 3 of these dogs are good with other dogs and are friendly with people. If anyone might be able to offer help to one of them, please drop me a note. We will always do our best to help w/transport within an appx range of 1,000 miles.

You can see all of our urgent needs dogs here:

NEW URGENT DOG: Kelly is a 3 yo female Anatolian Shepherd Dog. She was purchased as a working dog but that is not working out as her owner had hoped. "This working dog is not working out", I guess you could say.
She is good with adult animals but chases babies.
Kelly is very people oriented so she would probably do best in a home where she isn't asked to live 24/7 with the livestock.
Right now, we are looking for a foster home for her so we can spay, vet and evaluate her. She is in Clarkesville, GA. You can see her picture here:

UPDATE: "Ellie" in CA will be taken off the urgent list today. She has a foster home to go to next weekend. With any luck, things will work out well and this will be Ellie's "forever" home.

TRANSPORT: Loki traveled to his foster home this weekend, the trip went off without a hitch! By all reports, Loki was a good traveler and was a good will ambassador for the breed. We hope he will settle nicely into his foster home quickly.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Tis the Season (to dump a dog!)

Some things never change.......unfortunately. Every year around the holidays we always have a marked jump in dogs landing in shelters or owners wanting to relinquish their dogs. I'm not sure why, but it happens each and every year. This year is no different.

So, it's been a busy week with many dogs in shelters needing fosters. It's also a very frustrating week b/c all of our foster homes are full so we're faced with the dilemma of finding a place to put these dogs before the shelter kills them.

Usually, any other time of the year, if we get into a bind, we can try to board a dog short term. That is incredibly difficult during a holiday b/c most kennels are full.
I don't have the answer, but I wish I did. We just keep plugging along and hope we're able to figure something out for each of them before their time runs out at the shelter.
On the brighter side..........
TRANSPORTS: Juliana and Beth have outdone themselves this time. They filled a very difficult transport, most of which travels through "no man's land". Not to mention the fact that they filled it in just a few days time! Thanks to Juliana and Beth, along with the very generous transport drivers that are giving up their time and gas, Loki will be traveling to his foster home tomorrow! Special thanks to Diane for opening her home to Loki in his time of need.
FEATURED PICTURE: This is Samson with "his kids". Sam was adopted last year by Kathryn Kerby. He looks quite content, doesn't he? What a great dog you are Sam! He is a true blue Anatolian, that's for sure.

Monday, December 1, 2008

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday last week!

Updates.......some VERY good news! Bonnie, the girl in DFW area that went missing about 3 weeks ago has been found!! Believe it or not, Bonnie actually jumped "in" to someone's yard! Foster dad said he figures, after a couple of weeks on the run, she had enough of it and found a yard to jump into. Luckily, the people were very nice, they even took her to the vet. I'm thrilled to report that Bonnie is now safely home with her foster dad. She's pretty skinny, full of ticks and a bit frazzled over the whole ordeal, but she was extremely glad to see foster dad and made a beeline for the house when they got home.

Another DFW dog, Caleb, is out of the kennel and settling in to his foster home. So far he is doing well and getting along with all of the Basset Hounds. Foster mom reports that Caleb has a fondness for squeaky toys, is playful, good natured and an all around good boy.

ADOPTED: I'm happy to report that "Amdo" in Oregon was adopted over the weekend! Amdo has been in foster care for quite awhile, so we are all happy for him that he now has a family to call his own. Special thanks to his foster mom, Chyril, for taking such good care of him while we were waiting for that special home to come along for him.

URGENT: We are still in desperate need of a foster home for Cooper in Pryor, OK. His temp. foster mom is saying she will take him to the shelter if we cannot find a place for him ASAP. If anyone is interested in fostering him, please let us know! He's about 8-10 mo's old, neutered, vetted, housebroken and good with other dogs. You can see Cooper's picture and read more about him here:

HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER: Don't forget about our "Essencia" Holiday Fundraiser! This is going on until December 15th. Be sure to get your order in. Essencia's products are handmade and are very luxurious. A perfect gift for the holidays for someone you want to pamper a little.....even if that "someone" is yourself :-p
Here's how it works: Log on to and make your selections. After making your purchase, enter NASRN in the discount code box at checkout. You will receive a 15% discount applied to your purchase total, prior to tax and shipping. You may use the code as many times as you'd like between November 22nd and December 15th, 2008. NASRN will receive a donation equal to 25% of your purchase, excluding tax and shipping, at the close of the offer on December 15th.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Featured Picture today is "Ben". Ben was one of the first dogs that NASRN took in. He was seized in an abuse case in New York. His owners kept Ben chained and didn't feed him. When he first came to the shelter he had nothing but gravel in his stomach.
Ben was adopted by Brent Deitrich and family and he became a very loyal guardian dog to the Deitrich family and to their goats. Sadly, Ben passed away earlier this year.....we were never sure of his exact age but our best estimate would put Ben around 12 yrs old when he passed away. I was very sad to hear of Ben's passing but I know the years he spent with the Deitrich family were the very best years of his life.
I know it's not Thanksgiving yet, but right now I am "very" thankful and extremely excited b/c Tammy A. just let me know that she found a foster home for Caleb! Caleb has been sitting in a boarding kennel for about a month now and before that, he was in the shelter for several weeks. I am thrilled that he is going to a foster home! He's going to a super foster home, too. Janna just finished fostering Chase and now she has so generously opened her home to Caleb.

THANK YOU JANNA!!! Janna is a special friend to our dogs as she is also a dedicated transport driver. :-) Our dogs are very lucky to have her as their friend.

Updates..........Wonderful news!! Roxy is doing great in her new home!! She's wrestling with Joe, her new Anatolian brother and seems very happy.

An update on "Raider" (fka Brady, one of the OK Ten pups)~~Raider is growing like a weed and having a great time going to the dog park. He also loves to play with his sister, Sadie, who was also adopted from our group.

Raider's litter mate, Daisy, is the last of the OK Ten that isn't adopted yet. Foster mom Karen says Daisy is a little spit fire. She's definitely the most spunky of the bunch.

I also had a wonderful update from Tami in New York.....Tami has a whole pack of adopted Anatolians......Tami writes....

"Our "family" is fine and doing very well. Niko is now almost " grown" and is acting like Boz more and more. Boz has become even more relaxed, and is a true love, whose howl keeps all the wolves away....literally. Jeenie is still a barker, but seems to be more quiet when we put a harness on her and tell her to go work.... go figure. She sits and watches the property and stops barking at her own echo. Rena is still the big teddy bear of a dog, and all the cats love her. Old girl Gretchen adores her dad Steve and is his shadow, whenever he's home. Our little cairn dogs are still going at 16 and 13 and of course our last edition....little Pepper, and Niko's little sidekick is always hanging with the boys; All dogs love each other and we are truly a cohesive pack."

It's good to hear that everyone is doing so well! Tami's rescues came from all parts of the country....Boz, fka "Bosco", was dumped at a shelter in TN by a farmer who sold his farm; Jeenie came from a shelter in Louisiana; Rena came from a shelter in Iowa; Gretchen came from a shelter in New York and Niko and his siblings were actually born in a shelter in New York.

I guess that's about all for now.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. Stay safe!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Good morning!

Featured dog.....this is a picture of "Jake", who used to be "Joey". He and his 2 brothers were pulled from a Kentucky kill shelter last year. They were all fostered in OH w/Jody Shaw.

This is Jake w/his new owner, Sherri. He now lives in Florida and is Sherri's constant companion. She takes Jake everywhere she goes....road trips, the beach, you name it, he's there! Jake had been adopted by someone else last year and that lasted less than 24 hours. Jake chewed up part of their couch so they drove him back to Ohio. I guess Jake must have known that Sherri was waiting for him. They look like they are best buddies :-)

Updates..........Roxy is out of the boarding kennel and in her new home!!! YAY!! So far she is doing well. First reports have her playing with her new ASD brother and is only mildly interested in the cats. She's learned how to use the doggy door too. We're so happy for Roxy to be in a caring home and getting some TLC that she certainly deserves.

Thank you to all of you that have been worried about her, especially Carol H. :-)

Transports........Juliana reports that Minka and Ramzi, the 2 pups from the GA kill shelter, made it safely to their overnight layover last night. They seem to be weathering the trip fairly well. Ramzi was coughing last week after getting out of the shelter and now it looks as though Minka has picked it up too. Ramzi's been on meds all week and we're going to get more meds for Minka so we're hoping this kennel cough won't turn into anything worse. Keep these two babies in your thoughts, we hope they both feel better soon. looks like the calendars have been arriving in mailboxes this week. If anyone forgot to get their order in on time, we did order about 5 extras. If you want to order one, just drop me an email

Karen D has had her computer at the "doctor" all week so if anyone has been trying to reach her.....she's not ignoring you!

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend~

Saturday, November 22, 2008

See information below! Essencia makes high quality, luxurious hand made personal care products. Hurry hurry to get your order in before it's too late!. :-)

Just in time for holiday giving, NASRN's latest fundraising opportunity comes to us from ESSENCIA, a company specializing in personal care products created exclusively from high quality botanical ingredients. This unique line of handmade soaps, lotions, creams, balms, scrubs and salts, along with gift baskets and holiday candles and scents, has been carefully formulated, handcrafted and packaged for your use and enjoyment.

ESSENCIA is partnering with NASRN to benefit our rescue dogs by donating 25% of total sales of products purchased by members between November 22nd and December 15th. In addition, members may enter a special promotion code to receive an extra 15% off their purchase total (excluding tax and shipping). Shop for products for skin care, bath, baby, and home, as well as a selection of special gifts for everyone on your list!

Here's how it works: Log on to and make your selections. After making your purchase, enter NASRN in the discount code box at checkout. You will receive a 15% discount applied to your purchase total, prior to tax and shipping. You may use the code as many times as you'd like between November 22nd and December 15th, 2008. NASRN will receive a donation equal to 25% of your purchase, excluding tax and shipping, at the close of the offer on December 15h.

Do your holiday shopping at a discount at AND benefit our NASRN rescue dogs, too!

You can also find a link on our website

Friday, November 21, 2008

TGIF! Not like that means anything, people seem to dump their dogs 7 days a week, even on holidays. :-(
There was a discussion the other day on the support group list about introducing Anatolians to babies, so I thought this was a good picture to post today.
Who says you can't have a baby AND keep your dog???

Transport update.....Juliana has Minka and Ramzi's transport filled! They will be on their way to Jody tomorrow! A special thanks to Juliana and all of the transport drivers for making this happen. With the upcoming holiday, they were going to be booted out of the boarding kennel w/nowhere to go. The volunteers say they are both really sweet pups so hopefully they will be adopted soon! A big thanks to Jody for always being there to help the dogs in need.

Urgent dog update.......ROXY, the senior girl dumped @ the shelter days before her 10th birthday is being ADOPTED!!! We are so, so very excited for her. We are hoping that Roxy behaves with the kitties at her home and hope this will turn out to be a great home for her.

Other urgent dogs remain in need of foster or adoptions. See all of them here:

Karen D mailed most of the calendars out earlier this week. I will be sending out e mails to the few people that still need to send in their pyts. I hope everyone likes their calendars, they should be arriving soon.
Hope you all have a great weekend. Happy Tails :-)

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Good Morning :-)

Yesterday was a good day...........we received a notice about a beautiful Akbash girl @ a kill shelter in Merced CA. Having no open fosters, we didn't know what to do. Merced is known to have a nasty strain of URI that goes around, in fact one of our babies died from it last year, right after he was pulled. So we knew she was not safe. Karen D had someone in CA asking about her foster pup so she took a chance and called this person to see if she might be interested in helping "Sonja" instead. Next thing I knew, Karen called and said the woman was in her car and driving 3 hrs to get to the shelter before they closed. I received word last night that Sonja was out of the shelter and headed for her new home in northern CA.

Speaking of Karen D.......our 2009 calendars will be shipping to you this week! Karen was stuffing envelopes last night! I'm excited, can't wait to see them.

Our featured picture today is "Max". Max is Hank's brother; Hank was featured the other day w/his little girl, hanging out in her playhouse. Isn't Max handsome? I love his smile. Max weighs almost 70 pounds @ 5 months old. Hard to believe these guys fit in the palm of Linda L's hand this summer when she was bottle feeding them!
Adoptions........It looks like Elvis has been adopted by his foster family, The Harts in Rockford IL. Jim Hart is our fundraising chairman. He and his family adopted Nala last year. We're all happy for Elvis, he's going to have a great life with Jim and his family :-)

Well, I think that's all I have for now. Hope you all have a great day.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Happy Monday :-)

Let's see what's going on today........not a whole lot, really. A few things worth mentioning......

Transports....Juliana is working on a run to move the 2 new pups in Georgia, Ramzi & his sister, Minka, to foster care in OH. Keep an eye out for the transport updates! If you might be able to help be sure to send a note to Juliana. These two babies "must" travel this weekend b/c the kennel does not have room for them over the holiday.

New dogs.....we have a new listing today for a very pretty 1 y/o female in western WA state. Her name is Dawn. I will be posting her to the lists soon.

Updates......Schnee in TX is now in his foster home. His owners fell on hard financial times and couldn't afford to care for him properly anymore. It was a tearful good bye when his foster mom picked him up. Very sad times for a lot of people right now. We're very happy that we are able to help Schnee. He's being vetted today and after he puts a little weight on he will be neutered. We will be sure to send updates to his family so they know he's being well cared for.

Adoptions..... Talk about being in the right place at the right time.... Anna (see picture at top) somehow found herself alone, out in the country. She wandered up to a farm but was not welcome there. Despite being given the cold shoulder, she continued to hang around. One of our regular transport drivers just happened to be in the area and recognized Anna as being an Anatolian.

She immediately got ahold of Jody Shaw. Long story short, Anna was transported to Jody's for foster care and within a couple of weeks she was adopted by Kim Poisson.
Anna has fit in like she was tailor made! She gets along with everyone, including Kim's goats. Kim reports that Anna does a "head count" every day, giving each goat a sniff and a lick, making sure they are all accounted for. Sounds like Miss Anna has found the home she was looking for.

Well, I think that's about all I have today. Hope everyone had a great weekend.

PS: Calendars are printed and on their way to Karen D!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Good morning!
HELP!!.....This pretty girl in the picture is known only as "Mamma Dog" right now. She is half Anatolian and half Pyrenees. Shelley Smith in Little Rock rescued Mamma and her 3 girl pups. All of them are looking for foster or adoption! If anyone is able to help Mamma or one of the girls please let us know!

Updates........Karen is working on a possible adoption for our senior girl, Roxy, in New Mexico! Keep your paws crossed that this works out for her, she seems so sad in the boarding kennel.

The two new pups, Ramzi and Minka, in Georgia, are safely out of the shelter and into a boarding kennel. They're going to be trying to make their way to Jody in OH next weekend. Stay tuned for transport details.

THANK YOU Jody :-)

Remember little Jonah in Wyoming, the pup with the tear duct problem? Karen W, his foster mom, reports that he is gaining weight and starting to act like a real puppy. He still has the tear duct problem and he is still battling a horrible URI but he's on different antibiotics now and they seem to be helping.
Keep up the good thoughts for Jonah! He's making progress but still has a long way to go.

Urgent dogs........We still have Caleb in boarding with no foster or adoption on the horizon, unfortunately.

Cooper's temp foster is extremely anxious to move him, too, but we don't have anywhere for him to go either :-(
As mentioned earlier, we still need fosters for the Arkansas girls, too!
Don't check out our Cafe Press store A percentage of each sale goes to NASRN to help the dogs.
Hope you all have a great weekend.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Holiday Shopping Reminder

Just wanted to remind everyone if they're doing any of their holiday shopping online, don't forget to shop through the NASRN website and help the dogs without spending any extra money!

If you go to our website scroll to the bottom of the will find a link to and also to

If you access Amazon from the link on our site, they will donate a percentage of your sale to NASRN.

Here's what you do for If you're not already a member, just click on this link to go directly to the sign up form.

If you download the "shopping window", you will always know when you're shopping at a merchant that is affiliated with

For example, priceline and expedia are both igive merchants. If you download the igive shopping window, each time you go to expedia or priceline, the little window pops up and tells you that they will donate a % of your sale to NASRN.

It's really easy!

For Amazon, all you have to do is make sure you enter the Amazon site from the link on our website
There is also a link for our Cafe Press store where you can purchase Anatolian Shepherd merchandise like t shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, etc.

I hope I haven't confused everyone :-) E mail me if you have any questions!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Good afternoon!

Let's see, what's going on today....... we're still working on trying to find a place for Roxi, the senior female in New Mexico. The kennel owner took a picture for us, look how pretty she is! She looks very sad though and looks like she could use a bath and a good brushing. Poor girl. It's so sad when the older dogs are abandoned like this.

Adoptions..... nothing much going on today. Karen and I are working on a couple of promising applications but nothing definite yet.

I forgot to mention the other day that Carol Baumann has made it official that she is adopting "LG" <"Life's Good"> the dog she has been fostering for so long. LG's previous owner dumped quite a few dogs at the local shelter awhile back. We took in 4 of them . I think LG and Zeke were in the worst shape, both behaviorally and physically. Carol and the Ingram's have both put in a lot of effort to get both boys back on their feet and they are both in much better shape, mentally, as well.

New dogs..... possibly two new dogs outside of Atlanta, a young brother/sister pair. Stay tuned for more possibly more info.
Updates....... here is a picture of "Hank", who was recently adopted. He's hanging out with his new new best-est friend in her play house.
I just received some new picture of Prince and Erol, two of the OK Ten dogs that were in such bad shape. I will post them tomorrow.

Transports...... Juliana's magic wand was waived and the puppy transport for this weekend has been filled! A big thank you to the drivers, and to Harry for taking on EIGHT PUPPIES at one time and never complaining even once :-)
Also, thank you, Catherine, who is fostering one of these cute girls. Wonder what Bear is gonna think about that? Or does he not know yet?

That's all for now. Please be sure to let me know if you have anything that you'd like me to post in the adoption that I missed, an update on an adopted dog, a new picture, etc etc.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Good Morning!

Let's see, what is going on this week.......well, we had a "false alarm", thinking a foster home had opened up for Caleb, one of our TX dogs that is in boarding. It sounded like a good match but the applicants changed their minds about adding a new dog right now. So Caleb is still looking for a foster or adoption.

Other Urgent dogs.......Roxi is still in boarding. We are going to have to find a place to move her by the 26th of this month bc the kennel is full for the holiday. We can bring her back on the 1st if we have to but will need to find a different spot for her, at least for those 4 days. The kennel owner says Roxi is a very sweet girl , we're hoping he can send us some better pictures for her listing on the website.

Schnee in TX has a foster! Yay!!

No change on the other urgent dogs

Transports......Elvis has arrived in Illinois! He is now with Jim Hart and family, getting acquainted with the new people and dogs, etc. Elvis charmed all of his transport drivers, many of which had never met an Anatolian before.

This weekend, Juliana is working on a short transport from Salisbury NC to Clemson SC, transporting a 6 m/o ASD pup. If anyone is in that area and wants to help, please contact Juliana when she sends out the transport request!

Adoptions........It's official! Chase is being adopted by a wonderful couple in Longview, TX. He's going to have lots of room to run and his very own private pond to splash around in.

Dr. Pat in Houston updated me on her adoptions......she's been very busy!

Bubba, who is now "Aspen" is with his new family in Michigan.

Aceyla and Havva, both saved from Houston area kill shelters, were adopted by a family that had previously adopted a male Anatolian named Quinn. Quinn and his 2 new girlfriends have a 10 acre "yard" to call their own and are having a great time together.

"Budmeister", the senior dog dumped at a kill shelter by his owner, has become Dr. Pat's official guardian and mascot at her vet clinic. He's won the hearts of all the staff and seems quite content with his new "job".

Great job, Dr. Pat! Aceyla, Havva and Buddy all faced certain euthanasia if she had not stepped in to help them.

Updates....... the Arkansas 4 are really in serious need of foster homes. I hope to have them listed on the website in the next day or so. Mamma dog is gorgeous. Stay tuned for pics.

Our featured picture today is of "Ein" aka Einstein. Jan Duncan took him in to foster a couple of weeks ago. Apparently Ein is an avid gardener.

Well, thats all for now.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Good morning, Anatolian lovers :-) I hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

Let's see, what is going on ...... Karen D. received the proof copy of our calendar and reports that it looks great and doesn't need any changes. I sent the order in yesterday. With any luck, we should have them in hand and ready to mail by the end of the month.

Urgent dogs......Caleb and Roxi are both still in boarding and both still need fosters :-(

Updates.....Shelley S. sent me a wonderful update over the weekend on "Hope & Faith". Some of you will remember Hope & Faith as 2 pups that were bought at an auction in MO several yrs ago for $25 a piece. They came from a puppymill breeder and were too sickly for the puppy broker aka Hunte Corporation, to be interested. Hope has a heart defect and was not expected to live very long. I remember talking with Shelley back then, we were afraid to have her spayed, fearing she wouldn't live thru the surgery Well, they turned 4 yrs old this summer and are both doing great. They're living the good life in southern California now, and have a very devoted family who takes great care of them. See a picture of Faith from when she was a puppy (right hand corner).
HELP!!!.......On a less cheerful note, the 3 ASD Pyrs that Shelley had picked up last week in Arkansas are in desperate need of fosters. 2 are pretty tame but the other two really need to be w/someone who is dog savvy and is able to work with an unsocialized dog. We're hoping to split them up b/c they feed off each other and get into that 'pack mentality' right now when they're together. Anyone up for a project? looks like Hank is being adopted! Hank is one of 3 brothers that we took in at the age of 2 wks old last summer. Linda Lauterbach bottle fed them while we looked for a foster home. They are all big boys now, weighing about 60 pounds at 4 months old. Hanks brother, Bubba, flew to Michigan and his other brother, Max, is now living in Houston, I believe.
"Chase", another one of our TX dogs, went on a home visit yesterday and we are hopeful that this is a good match. The couple recently lost their 12 yo ASD and miss him very much. Keep your fingers and paws crossed for Chase, we think this might be a really good home for him.
Transport news.........Beth waved her magic wand and filled Elvis' transport from Arkansas to Illinois this weekend. Elvis is now on his way to Jim Hart's in Rockford IL. Elvis' family gave him to us b/c they are having a baby soon. Elvis has charmed all of the transport drivers so far. See his picture in the left hand corner. This is Elvis @ his overnight stop last night. Whatta handsome guy he is. The drivers have been wonderful with him, he's gotten such great care, he looks like he is taking it all in stride. I hope Elvis and Jim's adopted ASD, Nala, hit it off and become great buddies.

Well I guess that's about all for now. I hope everyone has a great Sunday.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Happy Monday, Everyone!

Let's see, what's going on this week......well, Shelley had the 4 Arkansas girls picked up yesterday. The pups have not been socialized much and one of them has had a stroke in the past. Mamma dog is pretty nice and more social than the 3 pups. They were all spayed today so we will give them a little time to recuperate and settle down and maybe we can get a better evaluation on them. Why in the world people have dogs but never handle them is beyond me.

We have a couple of dogs that we really need to move soon but we don't have anywhere for them to go. Poor Schnee (sha-nay), see his picture in the corner. His family lost their jobs and are having trouble affording dog food. He has some hot spots that need vet care but they dont have the money for that either. He's in Giddings, TX. Schnee's picture is in the left hand corner of this page.

Still no foster for Roxi, the senior girl in NM.
Chase in TX is the most popular boy this week, I think we've had about 5 apps on him within the last few days! Keep your fingers crossed that one of them is the right one.
Another one of Jody's pups is being adopted! She's flying all the way from OH to Oregon to her new home.

Well, I placed our order for the calendars this morning. We had 170 orders and I ordered a few extra, just incase. Will see the proof in about a week so I will let you all know how it looks.
I'll be away for the rest of the week, will check back with all of you over the weekend. :-)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

I hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Please think good thoughts for little Jonah (in the picture). He's about 6 months old and was found by some oil field workers near Rock Springs WY. He was starving and sick and had a bad eye infection. His poor little belly was swollen from not having any food. Karen Wegner took him home and has been nursing him back to health. Unfortunately, Karen just found out that one of Jonah's eyes is not producing tears. The vet is going to try to flush the tear ducts and hope that helps, but if not, we're not sure what baby Jonah's fate might be.

So please think good thoughts for this sweet little guy!

Roxi in New Mexico is at the boarding kennel but she MUST be out before Thanksgiving b/c the kennel is already booked for the holiday. So we have less than a month to come up with a spot for her. The kennel owner says she's a really nice dog. She is next to a Pyrenees and they seem to be ok w/one another. I feel so bad for the older dogs. She should be relaxing on a soft dog bed or sunning herself on the porch, not in a lonely kennel by herself. :-(

We also still have 5 pure bred ASD pups in North Carolina looking for foster or adoption! All girls, they were born in May of this year. Harry is working on getting individual pics for us but he says they all look alike :-)There are some group photos on the website click on "available dogs" and then Southern Region.

We have a little over 150 calendars ordered! We are really excited about that. Not bad for our first year.

I'm not able to place the order until Monday so if there are any last minute orders, just shoot me an e mail and we will put you on the order list.

Juliana and Beth have a transport running next weekend from Fayetteville, AR to Rockford IL. Anyone along that route that wants to meet ELVIS, in person, be sure to drop them a note! Elvis is on his way to his foster home with Jim Hart and family.

We received an update on "Ein", Jan Duncan's new foster boy in Salem OR. Apparently Ein and Clyde (remember Clyde from WY??) are best-est buddies, romping, wrestling and slobbering all over the place. I think this is the happiest Ein has been in a long time. Thanks so much for helping him Jan!

Well, I hope you all have a great weekend :-)

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Happy Thursday, everyone.

I can't believe this, but Shelley (Smith) in Little Rock actually found someone to pick up ALL four of the ASD x Pyrs in Arkansas! The owner gave us a deadline of getting them by this weekend---no easy feat to find a place for 4 big dogs within a couple of days.

Whew. Shelley, you're a life saver.

HEY, there are 3 one year old ASD x Pyrs, all female, that are going to be looking for foster homes ASAP after they are picked up.

We hope to have pictures coming soon!!

Surprisingly, we've had a few applications this week that might actually lead to adoptions! Keep your fingers crossed!
We have so many dogs right now, if we could get some adopted, that would free up some foster homes.

Well, thats about all for now. Roxi and Caleb are still in boarding kennels looking for fosters, too!

PS---the pretty Akbash girl smiling in the picture is "Anna", from Colorado, who was recently adopted and is now a California girl :-)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Well, let's see, what's going on today..........

We received word of 4 ASD x Pyrs in n/e Arkansas that are in need of homes right away. Apparently the woman who owns them is having to move in w/her son due to the economy so she is giving up all 4 of her dogs.

Stay tuned for more info.

Caleb went to the boarding kennel yesterday, he is still in need of a foster.

Roxi is supposed to be getting out of the shelter today and going to a boarding kennel also. I feel so bad for the older dogs when they end up in a shelter. Karen D found out that the shelter adopted her to someone in an apartment! No wonder she was barking.

Don't forget to order your 2009 calendar if you haven't done so already.

We will be having a new fundraiser in November with wonderful, all natural health/beauty products. Stay tuned, we will probably start this in early November, in time for buying special holiday gifts.

I know it's still 3 months away, but NASRN will once again be attending the Arizona Animal Festival in Tucson AZ this coming February. (I need to look up the date) This will be our 3rd time and I have to tell you, it is really a lot of fun. Anyone close enough to attend should try to make it out. It's a really big event with many exhibitors and vendors. The weather is usually great here in Feb, too!

We received an interesting note from a man in Chicago that is studying ancient breeds of dogs. He's looking for DNA from pure bred Anatolians to do a study on them. It sounds like a very interesting project. Beth G. has contacted him for more info and to see if we can be of any assistance.

Well, thats all for now, I guess :-)
Featured picture today is an old picture of my daughter and our Anatolian, Ranger, who crossed the bridge last year. We miss you BubbaDog.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

We are listing a new boy today, his name is Caleb. He is being sprung from a shelter in Arlington, TX. No foster for him so he's going to have to go to a boarding kennel. Not an ideal spot but it's better than being put down.
This is a picture of Caleb, isn't he handsome? He's about two yrs old, maybe younger, still tall and gangly in that teen-ager phase. If anyone is interested in fostering or adopting, LMK! He's great with kids, dogs and even ferrets!

Remember yesterday I said that Roxi in NM was adopted? Well the shelter called Karen D today and said the people brought Roxi back. She apparently barks. Really? Wow, thats hard to believe! Imagine that, an Anatolian that barks. So surprising!

So Roxi is back at the shelter and is looking for a foster or adoptive home again. She's good with other dogs in the home, is housebroken and very sweet.

As many of you know, our Fundraising Chairperson, Jim Hart, lost his beloved Gus last night. We're all thinking of you and your family, Jim. So very sorry for your loss, I know Gus was loved very much.

We've had quite a few adoptions over the last couple of months so I'm going to try to list them. Please forgive me if I forget someone and be sure to LMK if I did so I can add them to the list. Also, I know that several of the dogs have been renamed but I'm using the names they had when they were on the website for adoption to keep the confusion down.

OK, here we go:

MAYA in VA adopted by John Todd & Cindy Moffet

DOOGIE in AZ adopted by Mary Kartje & Carey Appleby

NANUK in NM adopted by Holly Hough & Rick Terrazas
DUSTY in OH adopted by Steve and Cathy Hall

TESSI in OH adopted by Daniel & Linda Dougherty

TORRY in OH adopted by Bob & Bethany Peetz

LARRY in OH adopted by Cindy Sidoti

LILY in AZ adopted by Brigitte & Randy Hollowell

PRINCE & EROL adopted by Tina Burkhart & Gene Cates

KAYA in AZ adopted by Clara Beard
BRADY in TX adopted by Josilyn & Kevin Albert

LILY in AZ adopted by Shannon & Chris Cooley

ROSIE in AZ adopted by Sue Lambert & Cory Ray
CHIP in NC adopted by AJ Antwine

TRUDI in TX adopted by Sissy Blossom

BELLE in NC adopted by Justin & Wendy Gisriel

LUCY in CA adopted by Carol Laase

JOEY in SC adopted by Jean Miesfeldt

MAX in TX adopted by Brad Jones

ANNA in CO adopted by Barb Lehman