Sunday, July 31, 2011

The History of the Ranger Memorial Fundraiser
 July 17, 2007

Written by Shelley Smith, Dogs Only, Inc.  Little Rock Arkansas.

Carleen Conyers, who is the founder and director of NASRN,  lost her personal dog, Ranger, tonight.
 Ranger was 10 years old when he crossed the Rainbow Bridge tonight.

Losing a companion is never easy, especially when you are as bonded as Carleen and Ranger are. Also, Ranger was the primary reason why Carleen started NASRN years ago.

After getting Ranger, Carleen was not able to get the support she needed as a new Anatolian owner. In her search for help she realized there were many others just like her, needing help with day to day issues when there was little or no support available.
So Ranger essentially was instrumental in helping to save hundreds of other Anatolians over the years. Because of both his and Carleen's tenacity, they each had met their match and a bond was formed that would last his lifetime.

 Carleen has kept NASRN going despite all kinds of forces working against saving an Anatolian. She has sacrificed and forged ahead where most would have given up and decided it just wasn't worth it anymore. In memory of Ranger and because summers are the absolute worst time of the year for adoptions and money coming into rescue, in honor of Ranger and Carleen's hard work and effort over the past many years, a Memorial Fund in Ranger's honor has been set up.

 This would relieve a huge burden for Carleen at this time, having the needed funds to get NASRN through the summer while recognizing all of her hard work and efforts to help the hundreds of Anatolians who have come through the program.
There is an anonymous donor who will match 100% of all donations up to $1500.
If we can get just $1500 of donations, that amount will be matched 100% and create a fund of $3000.
That may sound like allot of money but remember, most rescue dogs cost over $500 in vetting alone and the adoption fee is half this.
This means for every adoption, you are in the hole, so without donations, NASRN is unable to survive. Any amount will get us going in the right direction, so please don't think, I can only give $10-20, so it’s not worth it. If enough people give, we can reach our goal.
This will let Carleen know how much we all appreciate everything she does for NASRN.

Please email Shelley

Wednesday, July 27, 2011




All of these wonderful dogs are in URGENT need of
foster or adoptive homes.

Many of them have been in boarding for a long time
and really need to get into a foster or adoptive home.
Anatolians do not do well in kennels.
They become depressed and stop eating.
It also costs us quite a bit to board even though
we have a reduced boarding rate.  It still adds up
when you have a bunch of them being boarded.

Please take a few minutes to look at each of these guys/gals.
All of them have been displaced by circumstances out of their control.

If you might be interested in fostering or adopting, please either email
the adoption coordinator listed on each dog's Petfinder listing. 

Thank you!





Kyz's owner doesnt want her anymore either.

If you might be able to foster or are interested in adopting any of these dogs
please either contact Carleen
 or contact the adoption coordinator listed
on each dog's Petfinder listing for more information

Monday, July 25, 2011


Guthrie is a 13 month old male
Anatolian or Anatolian x Great Pyrenees cross
He was turned into the shelter because his owner said
he wanted to be with people more than his goats.
He didnt want a pet dog so he dumped him in a kill shelter.

Luckily, a very nice person pulled him from the shelter even though
she is in TN on vacation (she lives in Houston).
So she is taking care of Guthrie right now while she is on vacation
but she can only hold on to him for about ten more days.

He is being neutered and vetted this week.
He is about 28 inches at the shoulders but we dont have a weight on him yet.
He is eager to please, intelligent and loving.
He very much wants to be in the house and be a part of the family.
He is good with female dogs, has not been tested with male dogs or cats yet.

We are looking for either a foster or adoptive home ASAP
We will always do our best to help with transport!!
Please email Carleen for more info

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Serena is a sweet, happy, playful and intelligent 9 month old puppy.
Her mother is a pinto Anatolian (pictured below)
and daddy might be the Doberman that mamma was hanging out with
when she was found as a stray, already pregnant.

Serena is the only pup of her litter that hasnt been adopted yet.
She may not look like your typical Anatolian
but she is as sweet as the day is long
and she is an incredibly smart and loving young lady.

Serena LOVES kids.
She is great with other dogs, is housebroken and has good manners indoors.
She is spayed and fully vetted and in good health.

Here is a short video of Miss Serena hanging out with
a couple of her favorite people.


Zoe is a beautiful 3.5 yo spayed female Anatolian Shepherd Dog
She is good with other dogs, housebroken and walks on leash.
She has not been raised with cats so we dont know how she is with them
Check out her Petfinder listing for more info

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Asheville NC
King was picked up as a stray and landed in a shelter.
He is a young boy, appx 12-18 months old.
He's still very puppy-ish and playful.
King is good with other dogs and good with cats too.
He's a very friendly boy with a nice temperament.

Please contact Carleen for more info

Sunday, July 17, 2011


Jefferson ended up in a shelter back in November of last year.
He has been in foster care ever since but this weekend
"Jeffie" was transported to his new home in Florida.
He had a long trip with a week's layover in Nashville
but he was a real trooper and took it all in stride.

I don't know if anyone is aware of how many people are involved
in the process of caring for a rescue dog, finding the right home for him/her
and then getting him/her to their new family.
It takes a lot of time and so many people are involved.
Each person is a volunteer who is paid purely by the joy of knowing
that their effort helped this dog get out of the shelter and into a loving home.

I'd like to take a minute to thank all of our "Angels",
 which is what we call our Adoption Coordinators,
for all the time spent looking for just the right home,
not only for Jeffie, but for all of our dogs.

Special thanks to Jeffie's foster mom, Janice,
for taking such good care of him all this time.
A huge thank you to all of the transport drivers
who carried him on his journey and
a very big thank you to Juliana, our tireless
Transport Extraordinaire
for putting this all together.
We would also like to thank Robin at
in Lancassas TN
for being such a gracious hostess to so many of our dogs
on their transport.

And last but not least,
a big thanks to Jeffie's new family for opening
their home to him and for driving such a long way
to pick him up.

Thanks everyone!!
You're awesome!!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Hanna literally pushed her way through a door at a convenience store during a thunderstorm. The shelter has been unable to locate her owners. Hanna is very friendly with people. She s very laid back and enjoys laying in the sun. She is good with kids of all ages, other dogs, and cats. She may has some hip issues which are common for older dogs such as Hana.

She is in urgent need of a foster or adoptive home ASAP. We will help with transport within 1,000 miles.

For more info on Hana please email Dara


Time goes by fast and it's getting to be that time again where we start asking you to take and submit pictures of your Anatolian or Anatolian mix for the 2012 calendar.

We accept pictures of any Anatolian or Anatolian mix, it doesn't have to be a picture of a dog your adopted from our group!

This year the deadline for submitting pictures is AUGUST 15th.

When taking pictures be sure to have your camera set to high resolution and make sure you send the picture in the largest file possible. So many great pictures are excluded because they are not in a large enough file. Pictures in small files will not print well and will be blurry and fuzzy.

Please be sure to send in LARGE file and do not crop or re size. Minimum file size: 1200 x 1600

Pictures are chosen for clarity, centering, pose and, as mentioned before, size for reproducibility/printing.

This is a doggy calendar so please try to not send in pics that have humans included. =)

Please email all pictures to Carleen at
Ive copied/pasted an article below with tips on taking great pictures of your pets.

I'm looking forward to seeing all of the great ASD pics this year!!

TIP #1: Be flash free

Turn off the flash on your camera. You don't need it and it flat-out ruins an image. Freeing yourself from on-camera flash photography is the best thing you can do to create better images. How, you ask, does a person capture their dog in a dark living room at night? The simple answer is: do not take pictures of your do in a dark living room at night.

We're talking about pictures you actually want to display, email to friends or enter in a calendar contest.

Wait for daylight and go outside where flash isn't needed anyway. When you head outside, look for open shade. A great spot is under a tree with just a bit of reflected light coming in an an angle. Direct sunlight causes animals to squint, in addition to washing out their beautiful fur color. Early morning hours or sunset are great times for pet portraits in beautiful light.

TIP # 2: Turn to Treats

If your pet is treat motivated, picture taking time is perfect for bringing out favorite treats. It's best to have a helper who can hold the treat above your pet's nose and drop it to the floor right before you snap the shutter--this will help ensure your pet is looking directly toward the camera when the picture is being taken. A favorite squeaky toy can also do the trick for getting that "tilted head" that is so cute.

If you're looking for action shots. a tennis ball is a terrific prop. Have your "assistant" throw the ball directly in front of your camera a few feet then get ready and get low. As our pet comes rushing toward you, snap the shutter making sure your camera is on a high shutter speed to freeze the action.

Most cameras have a "Shutter Priority" mode meaning you can set the shutter speed manually and the camera will adjust the f-stop. On many cameras it is represented by a "T" on the mode dial. I like 1/1500 of a second or higher when capturing action.

TIP #3: Look Toward The Light
If you have your heart set on taking your pet's picture inside, choose a north facing window. Window light is the best for capturing animals and people during daylight hours. Make sure your flash is off. Have your pet sit as close to the window as possible. Sometimes moving their doggy bed to that spot will help. Play the "treat game" and I think you'll be pleased with the images you take with just the available light.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

UPDATE:   Snowball has an adoption pending!
Age: Approx. 2 Years
Gender: Male Kennel #297

Personality / Description

Look at this big boy! Snowball is a wonderful Great Pyrenees mix with a friendly, happy temperament and such great markings. He needs a family to love and a yard to play in!

Please MESSAGE or EMAIL me if you want to save Snowball!

Where to Adopt
Lewisburg Animal Shelter
300 Woodside Ave, LEWISBURG, TN 37091
Snowball has been here since Jul 1, 2011 (12 Days)
Reason being at shelter:

For more information, email:

Monday, July 11, 2011


Ruby is a very sweet girl.  She is friendly and gets along
with other dogs.
Ruby loves kids and is such an easy going 
and good natured girl.
She has nice house manners and will make
an excellent family companion dog.

If you might be able to help her please email Dara

We will always do our best to help with transport within
1000 miles

Pecos and his girl friend, Ruby, were picked up as strays
and are now both in immediate need of foster
or adoptive homes.

Pecos is a really friendly boy and he is getting along
well with all of the other dogs in the yard at the shelter.
He is appx 2-3 yrs old, neutered and vetted.

We will always do our best to help with transport within appx 1000 miles!
Please email Dara for more info

Friday, July 8, 2011


Betty was just saved from death row in a kill shelter.
She is a very sweet, loving girl who definitely deserves a
chance at a better life.

Betty is friendly with people and seems to be good with other dogs.
She is looking for a loving home as a companion dog.

Thursday, July 7, 2011


For any of you out there that work with rescue groups,
beware of this email scam that has been circulating for at least
two years.  They keep changing it up a little here and there
but it's still a scam.

Subject: Mobile Van & Vet Equipment For Free.

From: "Dr. Christie Darryl. D.V.M."
Date: Wed, July 6, 2011 5:56 pm
I am Dr. Christie Darryl (Veterinary Medicine), I own a veterinary Service
where I practice both exotic and companion animal medicine.
We have recently acquired new medical supplies and a new mobile van and
now offering to donate a pre-used " all purpose" mobile van and the
veterinary equipments below.
1 Ultrasound

1 Autoclave
Are you familiar with these? Let me know if these contributions Would be

beneficial to your work?.

Christie Darryl
D.V.M.,Veterinary Medicine
Marietta Georgia

Maggie is a 2 year old spayed female Anatolian Shepherd x Lab cross.
Her owner found her as a little puppy, sitting on the side of a busy road.
She has had to move in with family now and no longer has a fenced yard
for Maggie so she is hoping to find her another home where she is able to
go outside to run and play.

Maggie is good with kids and male dogs.  She has not been tested with female dogs
and she has not grown up with cats so we don't know how she is with either.
Maggie is housebroken, in good health and weighs about 60 lbs.

If you might be interested in giving Miss Maggie a new home
please email Lisa or Carey at

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Vote for NASRN and help us
to win a grant for our rescue dogs!!

Its EASY to do:

Go to: The Animal Rescue Site Shelter Challenge

On the left hand column click on "Register & Get a Gift"

You will be asked for your email address. Then check the box that says:
 "Remind me to click daily with a free e-mail."

You will be sent an email every day that will ask you to
 "Click here to give, its free".

Each time you click, sponsors donate food and care to animal rescue organizations.

AFTER you "Click here to give" a new page will show up and it will say
"Welcome to The Animal Rescue Site $300,000 Shelter+ Challenge of 2011 ". Then you can vote for your shelter of choice.

To vote for our group, type in the whole name of the group
"National Anatolian Shepherd Rescue"
and click on AZ for the state we are based in.

You can vote once a day. The more votes we get, the better our chances are of winning a grant.

Tell your friends and family too!!!

Info on the Shelter Challenge:

How long is the Challenge, and how can we increase our chances?

This voting round begins on July 4, 2011, and ends at midnight (PT) on September 18, 2011. There will be other voting rounds throughout the year - more chances for your organization to win! The more friends you can rally to vote for your favorite rescue organization, the better its chances of winning. Every vote, every day counts - shelters can pull ahead even during the last few days with enough support. Get people involved! Your favorite rescue organization is counting on you!

What kind of grant could my shelter win?

Sixty-nine (69) grants will be awarded for a total of $75,000 to eligible members during the third voting round of the 2011 Challenge. Final prizes will go to the eligible organization with the highest accumulative votes for the duration of the Challenge as specified in the rules.

The Prizes Are:

Grand Prize: One $5,000 grant!

Funny Fluffy Photo Caption Contest: Two $2,000 grants, & two $1,000 grants!

State Winners*: Fifty-one $1,000 state grants

(50 U.S. states and Washington D.C.)

Weekly Winners* Eleven $1,000 grants will be awarded, one for each week of this voting round of the Shelter+ Challenge.

Please spread the word and help our rescue dogs!