Thursday, May 31, 2012



Meet Vahsi.  He is an Anatolian Shepherd mix puppy.  His DOB is 3/6/12.  He may be mixed with Great Pyrenees.

Vahsi is a very confident boy and will do best in a home with a dog savvy owner.  He gets along with the other dogs in his foster home but we recommend he go to a home with no other male dogs.  He is a little rough and bossy with the small dogs so he may be better with medium to large dogs.  He has been introduced to cats and birds and, so far, he is a little scared and has a healthy respect for them.

Vahsi is almost completely housebroken.  He is crate trained and knows how to sit politely to wait for his food.   He will be a large sized dog when he is fully grown.  He is appx 25 lbs right now.  As with all puppies he will require consistent training and patience.

For more info on Vahsi E MAIL US

Wednesday, May 30, 2012



Winnie is a beautiful young adult female Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  She is approximately 1 to 2 years old.
Winnie was picked up as a stray and was not been reclaimed at the shelter so she is in urgent need of either a foster or adoptive home.
Winnie is very sweet and friendly.  She is good with other dogs!

For more info please EMAIL STEPHANIE

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

Sunday, May 27, 2012



Hey everyone, my name is Duke.  I am an 18 month old Anatolian Shepherd Dog and this is my story.....

Last September my owners found out that I had heartworms.  Soon thereafter I started losing a lot of weight and my back feet felt really strange.  I kept licking them all the time but no one really thought much of it at first.  Then my back feet started to turn a funny color and look odd so my owners took me to the doctor.  The vet told them that my feet were dying due to lack of blood supply.  I thought to myself, "That can't be good."  And I was right.

I went to several different doctors and they finally found out that the heartworms were not in my heart but were instead in the arteries of my back legs and they had pretty much shut off the blood supply to my feet.
I'm not well versed in the language of humans but I definitely knew this did not sound good.
And again, I was right.

The doctors did emergency surgery and removed about 50 heartworms from my feet and legs.  They also found a big blood clot in my femoral artery and removed that as well. They did maggot therapy to eat the dead tissue but after all of these efforts my feet and toes were too far gone and had to be removed.
I was hoping that my lack of understanding of human words had caused me to interpret that whole conversation incorrectly.  Unfortunately, though, again, I was right.

So in November they amputated both of my back feet.  Since then I have spent most of my time at several different vet hospitals recovering from my surgery.  It has not been a lot of fun, let me tell you.
 I was in a cage most of the time and I was not too happy having all those people messing with my bandages and making me do things I didn't want to do.

The humans decided to put these fake feet on me and I tried my best to walk in those things but it just didn't work out.  Plus it hurt really bad and they made big sores on my stumps.  Yes, that's what I call my back legs now.  They are my stumps.

I guess you could say I was not a happy camper and the doctors at the vet hospital thought it would be better for me to be back home.
That would be all fine and dandy but my owners didn't think they could give me the care I needed.
So.....long awkward pause here......  what's going to happen to me??   No one knew what to do.  Then someone suggested they contact a rescue group and, long story short, I ended up hitching a ride to Little Rock Arkansas.

The one neat thing about when I was at the vet hospital in Tennessee was I met this really nice man named Russ.  He has made arrangements for me to get a custom cart and special liners that I wear on my stumps.  This allows me to be able to run around outside with the other dogs at my foster home and I can sniff around and go potty or whatever.  I also get to have a short walk around the block while my decubitus ulcers heal on my stumps.

I've got a really cool lady living with me.  She has this awesome bed that I lounge around on and she has an amazing yard with all kinds of exciting things for me to sniff around in.  There are other dogs here, too, which is fun.  Most of them are ok but one is kind of crabby and she doesn't like me much.

I have these liners that my friend Russ got for me and My Lady puts on my stumps then she takes me on walks.  It is so much fun, way better than that cage at the hospital.  And those sores I told you about before, they're getting better.  One is almost gone now and the others are getting better day by day.

I had four sores when I first got here and now I only have two left that haven't healed yet.  I'm going for some special laser therapy several times a week and that helps them get better faster.  I also get daily bandage changes.....sometimes three or four times a day.  That's because I like to take a look under the bandages when I'm not supposed to.  For some reason the humans are the only ones allowed to take my bandages off and they tell me I'm supposed to wait for them and not do it myself. Not sure what that's all about but whatever!  Grown ups have a lot of rules, am I right?

 When I first got here I had to take six different medicines so they could try and make me live in a cage most of the time.  Now I only have to take three medicines and each week I'm taking less.  My Lady said the plan is for me to not have to take any more medication by the time my ulcers heal.

  Then I will get some new and better shoes that will be custom made for my stumps.  I overheard some of the humans talking and they said these special people made a shoe for an elephant at the zoo too!  Can you believe that?  An elephant with a shoe?  Get outta here!  Well at least Im not as big as an elephant so surely they can figure something out for my stumps.

 I'm so happy and excited now because things just keep getting better and better.  I had given up all hope when I was living in that dumb old cage.  Plus they kept giving me something called Anna-Stee-Zha.  Not sure what it is but it made me sleepy and they gave it to me every three days when they wanted to change my bandages.  Boy, I did NOT like that at all.

Now that Im with My Lady, I let her do whatever she wants with my bandages because I know she is helping my stumps heal.  I just want to say, for the record, that I really am a very good boy.  When I was at the vet hospital I just wanted to check things out and try to help them with my stumps.  My Lady doesn't mind me helping but those other people did not like it at all.

  Anyway, the point of all this is that I am looking for a place to call my own and a person or family to call my own too.  My Lady is amazing and she takes great care of me but she said I deserve someone that can give me all their love and attention.

If I had to picture in my mind's eye what would be my perfect home it would be....... someone that doesn't mind that I'm missing two feet.   I still get around pretty darn good for a two-footed dog.  I do have a cart being sent to me but right now I walk on my stumps (with my boots on) and I have to say, I have quite a bit of fun just like this.  I'm loving life!

In that perfect home it would be ok if they had another dog, too.  I wouldn't mind that at all.  But I'd be ok if they didn't have another dog too.  Either way is fine.
I'm still a normal teen ager and I like to sniff around and explore the world as much as I can so it would be great if I could find a human that liked to go on walks with me when I'm in an investigative mood.
Just remember, I am still an Anatolian Shepherd dog and I do like to bark.  My Lady says I have a loud bark.  But hey, it's in my nature and I'm just trying to protect what I've got good going on here.

 So, hey, that's my story!  Stay tuned, though, because life has just begun and I plan on making each new day count.  Check back in for more updates on me.

If anyone has questions about adoption, or to hear more about how awesome I am,

Take care and I will TTYS
Best Wishes,
The Duke

Friday, May 25, 2012



This handsome lad is Elliott.  He was pulled from a kill shelter where he had been picked up as a stray and impounded.  He is now looking for an adoptive home.

Elliott is about six months old, his DOB is appx November 20, 2011.
He is extremely skinny right now and only weighs 53 pounds.
 He stands 24 inches tall at the shoulder.

Some of Elliott's good points are:
  • Good with other dogs!
  • Housebroken!
  • Knows how to use doggy door!
  • Knows some basic commands!
  • Is extremely sweet and friendly!
  • Very smart!
  • Did I say how sweet he is?!
 "This is MY stick!  There are many like it but this one is MINE!"

  • Elliott is heartworm negative and current on shots.  
  • He will be neutered before being adopted.
  • He is currently in need of a foster or adoptive home
  • TRANSPORT help is available!
  • For more info on adopting Elliott PLEASE EMAIL JANNA  

Thursday, May 24, 2012



This is Trapper.  He is a 4 year old neutered male Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  We found Trapper on death row in an Austin TX shelter way back in October of 2011.
We did not have an open foster at that time so Trapper went to a boarding kennel.   
He has been in boarding most of the time since October.  He is going on almost 8 months now of languishing in a kennel.

He absolutely loves and adores people but he prefers to be the only dog in the house.  Look at this face with his sad, pleading, soulful amber eyes.  He loves to be brushed, he loves to have attention and be petted.  He loves to just follow you around or lay at your feet.   But he isn't fond of other dogs so he needs to be the only dog in the home.

Surely there MUST be a dog-less family out there just looking for a handsome guy like this!!

 Calling all dog-less people!!!  Trapper is looking for a chance to fill that empty spot in your life!

Just look at all the wonderful qualities this handsome gentleman possesses......
  • He is loving and affectionate
  • He is housebroken
  • He walks on a leash
  • He knows basic commands
  • He's a great guardian and watch dog
  • He is very loyal and would devote himself to his family
  • He doesnt chew stuff up
  • He doesn't jump fences
  • He doesn't ask for much

Please take a look at this guy's face and if you can think of anyone that might be interested in a big
loveable pooch like this, please send them this blog post.

We will do just about anything in our power to transport him almost anywhere within the lower 48 states or Canada.

For more info on Trapper PLEASE EMAIL JANNA
Visit Trapper's Petfinder Listing HERE

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


This would not have been possible without the help and support of all of our friends.  Thank you all so much for helping to give Raine this opportunity.

So this is the new Ortho Pets brace!  Pretty snazzy!!

She is not overly thrilled about it but, considering all she's been through, she didn't do too bad.  She wants to hop on three legs instead of walking on it but hopefully that will change as she becomes accustomed to it.

The brace is quite sturdy and made very well but it doesn't quite fit exactly the way she needs it to fit
so we will be contacting Ortho Pets to see if some adjustments can be made for a better fit.

Sunday, May 20, 2012


Have you ever asked yourself how you can help a rescue dog?
We are always in need of volunteers!


How can you help?  Here are some of the Volunteer Opportunities available:

Administrative Support Help with data entry needed to maintain adoption profiles, answering emails, etc.

Adoption Counselors  If you are person with good people skills you may be able to help interview and advise potential adopters on-line, on the phone or in person to see if the dog  they are interested in will be a good match.

Adoption Coordinators:  Help applicants find the dog that best suits their needs and then guide them through the adoption process.

Transport; local or "relay runs":  Transport dogs locally to/from vet appointments, from a shelter to boarding, etc, or help on a relay run transport when we move dogs to their foster or adoptive homes.

Transport Coordinators: When dogs are adopted out of their area we have to set up “relay run” transport to get them to their new home or foster home. Transport Coordinators map out the route and seek drivers to fill each “leg” of the transport.  Good organizational skills are a plus.

Special Events: We attend various special events throughout the year. This gives the animals in our care extra adoption options and let's the public know who we are. Volunteers are always needed at these events to help in various ways including setting up booths, speaking with the public, helping to sell merchandise and running activities. Speak with the public about the dogs we have up for adoption, attend to animals during the event, assist with adoptions.

Other opportunities are available as well

Wednesday, May 9, 2012



We have an overload of Anatolian Shepherds in TX needing homes. There's a transporter that runs from TX to the northwest going thru Colorado, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. We rarely have adoptable dogs in that area so this might open up opportunities for more adoptions.



As you can see, Mr. Bear is not fond of the paparazzi and does not like to have his picture taken!
This poor boy is about 8 years old and was turned into the shelter by his elderly owner who was no longer able to care for him.


 Bear is good with other dogs, just wags his tail happily and gives them kisses.  He is friendly with people and is an all around mellow, easy going boy.

Bear would LOVE to have a nice comfy dog bed and someone to scratch behind his ears.   He is looking for either a foster or adoptive home.

We will always do our best to help with transports within appx 1000 miles.
If you live in Colorado, Idaho, Oregon or Washington, transport may also  be available!

For more info on Bear PLEASE EMAIL US



Chico is a 1 year old neutered male Anatolian Shepherd Dog or mix.  He and his brother Bandit were both picked up as strays.
Chico is a pretty playful pup and loves attention. He needs to learn a few manners and we are working on that.

He is on the smaller size but has some growing to do. He is a very friendly boy with all other dogs male and female.
He loves to ride in the car and is a good boy while in the store. Chico will need at least a 5 ft fence and not to be just let outside he likes to be inside with his human companions.
Chico is housebroken, neutered and current on vaccinations.

For more info on Chico please EMAIL US
We will always do our best to help with transport within appx 1,000 miles.


Bandit is a 1 year old Anatolian Shepherd or mix.  He is sweet boy who's a little on the timid side but slowly coming out of his shell. Bandit is an easy going boy who gets along with everyone. Hes a smaller boy who has some growing to do. He currently weighs approx 75lbs. Bandit would love to find his forever home with a good secure fence and family that will love him!!! 

Bandit is housebroken, neutered and current on vaccinations.

For more info on adopting Bandit please EMAIL US

Tuesday, May 8, 2012



Meet Helena.  She is a beautiful 3 year old spayed female Anatolian Shepherd Dog.  Her owner became gravely ill and was no longer able to care for her so she was turned into the shelter.
Helena is now in need of either a foster or adoptive home.

 Just look at the big smile on this girl's face!  She has a lovely personality, is very friendly with people and is good with other dogs.

Helena is a super sweet dog who will do fine with other dogs and, as with all Anatolians, will need a securely fenced yard to keep her safely home.

We will always do our best to help with transport within appx 1000 miles.
Transport help may also be available to these areas for a fee:
Denver Colorado

For more info on Helena E MAIL US

Saturday, May 5, 2012


The Amazing and Inspiring "Special K"

We were first introduced to Miss Keeta back in 2003 when her owner moved and no longer was able to keep Keeta.  She was 2 years old at that time and was a big bundle of bossiness and beauty.  Keeta was quite a handful for her foster parents.  One time her foster mom said she woke up to a strange scratching noise on the roof of their house.  When she went outside she saw Keeta...... on the roof, trying to look in the big tree that was next to their house.  She had busted through the screen in an upstairs bedroom and hopped out onto the roof.  Maybe there was a squirrel she was after?

Keeta was adopted to what seemed to be a good family, however, 6 years later they contacted us and wanted to give Keeta back to us.  When she was finally back in our care we discovered that she had not been well cared for.  She was filthy dirty, was having incontinence problems and also had what were thought to be hot spots.  Upon further examination and testing it was determined that Keeta had a mast cell cancerous tumor.  The vet gave her six months to live and suggested amputating the leg and doing radiation treatment.

That was thirty months ago.  Two years and six months later, knock on wood, "Special K" is still loving life and still has her bossy pants personality going strong.

Keeta's story would have had a much different outcome had it not been for a very special lady named Mary.
Mary sought advice from a veterinarian by the name of Dr. Charles Loops in North Carolina.  Dr. Loops is a homeopathic veterinarian who specializes in alternative cancer treatments and he soon had put together a treatment plan for Keeta.  Her treatment and remedies are very precise and the regimen is strict and you must administer each treatment in a certain manner and specific time.  

It hasn't been a walk in the park, so to speak..... in fact, its been more like a roller coaster ride.  Keeta has had bad days and  bad weeks to where Mary and Andrew were afraid that things were not looking good. But Dr. Loops has been able to  make changes to her remedies and pretty soon Miss K once again has that bounce in her step and is feeling better.

 Keeta and Zak

Mary describes the last 30 months as a journey of both physical and mental rehabilitation for Keeta.  She feels certain that Keeta has never really had anyone truly love and care for her until now.  But she has been making up for lost time.  She adores children and is very devoted and loving.  She loves to cuddle and just hang out and be a part of the family.

 Keeta at the beach

Miss "Special K" is indeed very special  and she is a very lucky girl to have Mary and Andrew looking out for her and giving her this opportunity to love and be loved.  Even though she is 11 years old don't let that pretty face fool you, though.  Keeta is an old school, true blue Anatolian Shepherd and you "do not" want to mess with her or her family!

Keeta is a true inspiration and reminds us that each day is a gift that should not be taken for granted or squandered away.  

Wednesday, May 2, 2012



Last week Miss Raine spent a few hours at the vet so they could make the casting/molding for her custom brace from Ortho Pets .
The casting was sent back to Ortho Pets and now they will make her custom brace and ship directly to her vet in Jacksonville, FL.  Once Ortho Pets receives the casting it should be shipped in 7-10 days.  
Hopefully within the next few weeks Raine will have her new brace on and will be able to walk again without her ankle bending under.

Some more good news........her blood work came back clear.  No problems were found.  She is starting to eat a little better too and is not looking quite as thin as before.

We are hoping to have some pictures or video of Raine when she has her new brace.  
Thank you all so much for caring about this sweet girl.
Stay tuned for more updates!