NEW OWNER REPORTS:
After looking into various options we decided to try getting an
LGD. I was leaning towards the Anatolian Shepard after having met
someone who had one. I was impressed at how he watched us when
visiting. He didn't bark or act up, just silently and steadily
We wanted to get if possible a trained ASD. We did also want a
puppy to raise up for the yard/house area. In our attempts to
located someone who had ASDs, we found Alan who only lived
about 20 mins from us and thus we acquired Daisy.
I can not say enough about Daisy. She has totally amazed
me! We introduced her to the cows and in about a day and a half
she was out full time with them. She bonded immediately with the
calves. Our two full size Jerseys gave her some "lip" so to speak
and she finally put them in their place. On the most part they
now respect her. Naturally during all this intro time my questions and
concerns where numerous and I sent Alan many pms regarding what was
going on. The answer was always Daisy is doing what she is suppose to
This am we had our first calf born here. Daisy stayed by the mom
the entire time. She helped mom clean up the calf, helped take care of
the after birth and watched over them as the calf got her strength and
started to nurse.
Mom and calf moved out to our pasture with Daisy along side.
Daisy has been keeping the big cows away from the baby as it learns to
walk and move about.
I can not say enough or praise Daisy
enough! She is absolutely all I could ever ask for! She and
I have bonded too and when I go out to feed she comes running, wagging
her tail and says hello then right back to her job.
I am totally sold on the Anatolian and especially on Alan's dogs
(obviously prejudice LOL). His knowledge and expertise have
helped teach me what to expect and how to handle a variety of issues
that come up during the learning (mostly my learning) process!
Our pup is not from Alan as I got him before I knew Alan so am hoping
he will turn out even half as good as Daisy! We are in the
process of cking on adding another to the pasture due to the pitbull
situation - two can handle a pit better than one! We are investigating
a GP that is a rescue and has been evaluated as an LGD. She will
have to do a lot to even come close to Daisy!
To anyone thinking about adding a LGD I can't tell you how great they
are! Daisy is one amazing dog!
She's doing great, just getting bigger everytime we
turn around! She weighed in at about 123 pounds a month ago, and it's a
good thing she doesn't know how powerful she is, or she'd jump the
fence! She loves playing on the trampoline and trips to the river
(She's quite a swimmer) Annie loves people, especially little people,
and gets along with the cats, chickens, and guinea hens very well. We
are enjoying her a lot, and there are pictures attached. :) Happy