Our female Anatolian, Naciye, has a unique and heart-warming story of her own.
Naciye was born in January of 2009 with a partial hind foot. The breeder didn't notice it until her mother had chewed off her tail. Naciye was set to be put down if a home couldn't be found for her. We were already getting a male puppy from this litter and we were more than happy to take Naciye with her brother Zeus. Naciye would not be temperament tested or guardian dog tested. With her, we got what we got.
I knew she needed a special name. Her name, Naciye, is Turkish and it means "saved from hell, deserving heaven".
We've had our trials and tribulations with Naciye. She is very dog aggressive to dogs that she doesn't know. She went through a double-pane window after a stray dog in our yard once and almost cut her paw off doing so. She doesn't accept new people very easily, but once she does, she will be your friend for life. While Naciye has her aggressive moments, she is also one of the sweetest, most gentle, and loving dogs I have ever been around. Even at 120 pounds, she thinks she is a lap dog and will take every opportunity to crawl in your lap. We can't take Naciye to the vet without muzzling her. She will not allow any vet techs to take her away from us. When she cut her paw on the window and badly needed stitches, she had to be sedated before the vet could even look at it. Then we had to carry her to the operating table where they could put her out totally before we could leave her and were back in the room with her before they reversed her anesthesia. When we took both dogs to get spayed and neutered was the first time that the dogs had ever been to the vets office (the other times the farm vet saw them). Before I left, both dogs were knocked out. I was going to wait for them to be done but they told me to go home that they will be just fine and be so out of it after surgery that they won't care who is there with them. I went home and not long after the vet's office called and asked me to come back and get the dogs. They couldn't get anywhere near them. I tried to tell them and they didn't listen. Now they know and we've never had a problem since.
But don't think that Naciye is all bad - if we take her to a dog friendly store - she will let anyone come up to her and pet her.
Even though we had no guarantee with Naciye's temperament, she has turned out to be the best livestock guardian dog we could ask for. She minds so well, that we can take her off lead anywhere on this property and she stays with us. While a lot of LGD's can not be trusted with chickens, they are Naciye's specialty. She loves her birds. She watches for hawks, raccoon, and other predators. She spends her day lounging in front of the chicken house door. The birds either walk around her or over her. I often find young chicks snuggled down on her back for warmth.
Naciye's other downfall is her recent fear of thunderstorms. Not sure why she is suddenly afraid of them, but she is. Last night we had a storm and before it started, we brought the dogs in the basement. This morning, when I went to let them back out, I found Naciye cuddled up with one of our rescue kittens. I have no idea how this kitten ended up in the basement or how long he had been down there. I have no doubt that he was scared to death. But Naciye must have mothered and loved him until he felt comfortable. So finding your 2 pound (if that!) kitten snuggled with your 120 pound Anatolian sure is a sight to warm your heart...
I wouldn't trade Naciye for anything. To have a dog that would give her life for ours or our other animals and still be able to be gentle and loving with a tiny kitten, I'd say that dog is worth her weight in gold.
Rising Phoenix Farm
14093 Madison Pike
Morning View, KY 41063