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Sehzade Meets Fahrunisa

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Sehzade met Fahrunisa on Christmas Eve. The day before, he had met everyone else but I didn't want to overwhelm him so I saved him meeting Nisa until the next day. I had no idea how she would react. It was hilarious! She got so happy and acted like a nut case meeting the new puppy. He wasn't so sure what to think at times but took it in stride and did not once get scared. He stood his ground. Nisa lost her mind but in a happy way. She was wonderful with him after the initial crazy meeting and even gave him her treat. She never does that but she took her treat and left the room to go look for him. She found him laying in the living room and dropped the treat down on the floor right in front of him in her own way saying that he could have it and then she turned around and walked away to get another one for herself. It was an amazing sight and I wish I had gotten that on camera but wasn't able to. Here is their crazy first meeting and Nisa losing her mind in pure joy of a puppy joining our family.

Sehzade Meets Atakan

Posted on April 1, 2012 at 4:55 PM

These pictures were taken the day after Sehzade got home. All dogs got a quick glimpse of him the first night but we did not start formal introductions to the rest of the crew until the next day. He only really got to meet Raven the first night. Raven is in these pictures with Atakan and Sehzade. This is Atakan meeting a new friend. He loves puppies!

He lays down beside Sehzade's crate wanting to meet the new addition.

They finally meet close up and in person.

They finally met and were very comfortable with each other. Look at how happy Atakan is!

Sehzade Meets The Goats

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Sehzade was welcomed home by everyone and settled in nicely. He came home a couple of days after turning 8 weeks old. He had met all of the dogs and has seen the goats and met them through the fence. It was time for him to meet the goats face to face with no fence. These pictures are of him meeting the goats for the first time with no fence. He was 9 1/2 weeks old. He did know goats prior to this from being at his breeder but this was a whole new herd for him to meet. These pictures were taken New Year's Day. He started off the new year with some new friends. He was very well behaved around them and enjoyed meeting some new friends.  


UKC's 2011 #1 Anatolian Shepherd Dog

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 2:40 AM

Welcome Home Sehzade

Posted on March 4, 2012 at 1:35 AM

Mystic Anatolians is pleased to announce and present our new family member Shepherds Rest Mystic Sehzade. He made the long trip from Oregon to Pennsylvania on December 22nd, 2011. The flight left Oregon at 7:25AM that morning and landed in Newark, NJ for a 2 hour and 15 minute layover before boarding a flight into Harrisburg, PA that was due to land at 7:15PM. Things did not go as planned. He made it to Newark but never made it to Harrisburg. We were asking about him and where he was. The worker gave us a big run around saying the flight didn't land yet but we watched it come in and land and wanted to know where the puppy was. The worker was too busy trying to leave and not wanting to deal with us. He dissappeared into the back for several minutes and then came out with his jacket on and stepped out from behind the desk to start walking out. He mumbled something which I didn't hear. The next thing I knew was my phone was ringing with a really odd number which didn't even make a full phone number. I answered it and it was the airline telling me that they never put him on the connecting flight due to size and weight restrictions. I about flipped my lid! I was yelling and yelling, demanding answers. In the meantime my mom who was with me to pick him up was confronting the man trying to leave and I was yelling at both. The man did leave like it was no big deal. Very poor worker! He could have cared less and didn't want bothered. He was only concerned about getting off of work. The airline told me that he would be on the next flight which was not going to land until 10:15PM that evening and that was the last flight of the night coming from Newark. I was telling them off on the phone. I was demanding that he better be on that flight and he better be here that night! He tried to assure me that he would be. I sure gave the airline an ear full. We left the airport instead of sitting there for another 3 hours. I was so upset and hoping that the baby was fine. I was so worried about him and trying to come to terms with driving to NJ that night to pick him up if he was not put on the next flight. We went and tried to waste some time close to the airport instead of traveling the whole way home which was about 40-45 minutes away. We went and got something to eat but I was so wound up and upset over the whole ordeal. I even called his breeder to let her know what was happening. No one was happy about this. She was wonderful and tried to reassure me that he would be fine. We were in communication the entire evening and she was a wonderful support and I thank her for that. We went back to the airport and waited for the new flight to land. It finally did and we went running down to the claim area. We watched everyone unboard the flight and I just waited and waited while watching this one door to open and see that crate coming through. I was really worried because it took forever but that door finally opened and I saw a tiny little crate come out and then the man reached back inside the door and pulled out Sehzade's bigger crate. I went running to him and bent down to look at him. I just burst out crying in joy and relief that he was finally with me and safe. He cuddled right up to the door of the crate and rubbed my fingers like he already knew me and knew that he was home. He was the sweetest little thing. The other crate held a Yorkie puppy who was Sehzade's travel partner going to it's new owners. We picked him up and carried him outside and while I waited for the vehicle to come pick us up, I called his breeder to let her know that he was safely with me. We made the trip home in the pouring rain and once we got home, we got him out of his crate and he just was a love. He would not leave my side and followed me everywhere. We introduced him to Raven and she loved him. He finally got to walk inside of the house and just made himself right at home. It was like he knew that he was here to stay. He has been a great addition to our family and he's a wonderful little guy. Everything worked out in the end but it was so stressful. After everything he went through that day, it never seemed to faze him and he was just being a happy little puppy. He's such a trooper and not much fazes him even to this day. I want to thank Chyril Walker of Shepherds Rest Anatolians for this amazing little man and also for your friendship over the years. Thank you so much! This was a long time dream come true. Here are some pictures of his first night home.


Raven's Goat Experience

Posted on February 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Raven loves the goats but has not been trusted to be with them without a fence between or without a leash when she's with them. I know she adores them and she would never harm them but she could never understand why they would not stand still for her to get near them to check them out so she would get excited and run after them. I didn't want her to accidentally hurt them. She often lays outside and just watches over them with the fence in between. This day she was outside for a while and burned off a lot of her energy and was just laying around relaxing. I really wanted to let the goats out in the big area to be with the dogs but could not get Raven to go back inside. I figured she was worn out and maybe she wouldn't run around or try to chase. She can't normally move too fast since her leg surgeries a couple of years ago and I thought I would be able to catch her if she tried to run and play with them. As soon as she saw the gate come open she jumped up and came prancing over as happy as could be. The goats came out and Raven did not chase! I was so pleased with her. She was so happy and calm around them. They actually allowed her to approach them and allowed her to get very close to touch them. Raven was in heaven! This is the moment she was waiting for. She hung out with them for quite some time and was a perfect girl. She finally got a chance to be free with them and be right with them and able to touch them. The goats even ended up following her around and stayed very close to her. She showed her protective instincts also and went on guard. She loves these goats and was a wonderful girl with them. She was so happy and I love to see her when she's that happy and filled with joy. Here's some pictures of her first time ever being free with the goats. It was a day that we won't ever forget.


Fahrunisa's OFA Ratings

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 6:40 AM

Ballester's Mystic Fahrunisa

OFA Hips: Excellent ANS-1507E24F-VPI

OFA Elbows: Normal ANS-EL396F24-VPI

OFA Thyroid: Normal ANS-TH85/24F-VPI

Fahrunisa's UKC Championship Day

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I had entered Fahrunisa in 2 UKC shows in 1 day which was held September 17th, 2011 in Carlisle, PA. I also decided to take Atakan who is already a UKC Champion. If Nisa won Best of Breed over Atakan, that would give her the final competition win that she needed to become a new UKC Champion. It was really a toss up on who would win. My Mom normally attends dog shows with me for support and help holding dogs. This time I needed more help and needed her to take one of the dogs into the ring along with me. The first show, I handled Nisa and she handled Atakan. Nisa won! She got her final win and became a NEW UKC CHAMPION! We still had one more show to go later in the afternoon. I figured we could trade dogs and I went all out with Atakan to try to beat Nisa who was being handled by my Mom. This was also my Mom's first day ever in the show ring. Nisa won again! That eased our minds that she had that back up win just in case something wasn't written down right. Nisa had beat Atakan who is already a Champion to win her Championship. She did move on to the Guardian Group in both shows and placed Group 2 both times. It was a long tiring day but both dogs did well and the judges really had a tough choice between the 2 of them for Best of Breed. They really liked Atakan too. I'm very proud of both dogs that day and also very proud of my Mom. I could not have done it without her help in the ring. I would like to say Thank You to her. It was a bit hectic that day and we almost didn't make it to the show because we had a big issue at home that morning but everything worked out and we made it to the show on time. I was very proud of both of my babies and all that they have accomplished. Good job to both Nisa and Atakan! To see more info on the show that weekend, please visit the Show Page. Below are 2 pictures of CH Ballester's Mystic Fahrunisa.  


Double Trouble Turns Into Triple Trouble

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 4:35 AM

As some of you may know, Anatolians love to dig. This is one evening that the digging turned out to be pretty fun. Raven started the hole. Kazara went out to join her and acted like she was a part of it. Later after laughing about Double Trouble, I walked outside to find Fahrunisa joining in making it a Triple Trouble night. There was a lot of laughs and the dogs had fun. Here are some pictures that I was able to capture. Enjoy!

Oh no! She caught me again!

I'll ignore her and maybe she won't say anything.

Don't worry sis! I'll join in too.

Maybe she won't know who did it.

I'm not so sure. I'm a little tired and she'll see the dirt on my nose and tongue.

Okay. I'll act like I'm tired too.

No fooling me girls! I know who the guilty one is!

Let's both try to look guilty.

Do you think she knows?

I don't care! We are a team and we stick together!

Yep! I'm pretty sure she knows.

I walk outside a little later and find this.




What do you want now? I was busy!

Oh! She has the camera. Hi Mommy! See my nose?

I'll sit pretty so you can take a picture of my dirty nose.

What do you mean? No digging?

Haha! I don't believe you! You have got to be joking.

You're not! Are you serious?

I hear what you are saying but that doesn't mean that I'm going to listen!

I'll show you!

Who gets the last laugh? Me! Haha! 

Fahrunisa's UKC Best In Show Weekend 2011

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 1:45 AM

Ballester's Mystic Fahrunisa was shown in a couple UKC shows during the weekend of July 30th & July 31st, 2011 in Mechanicsburg, PA. I wasn't expecting much but she won Best of Breed, Guardian Group 1 and went on to show in Best In Show both days! I was so thrilled and happy for her. I am very proud of her for this accomplishment. She had fulfilled all of her Championship points that weekend and earned 2 competition wins towards her UKC Championship. She was a very good girl but was very worn out come time for BIS and just had no energy left in her. She slept most of the day both days after we got home from the shows. Here is some show info which is followed by some snapshots of this amazing weekend. To see more info about the show, please visit the Show Page.

July 30th, 2011 ~ Owner handled under judge Mr. David Kittredge ~ BOB, Group 1

July 31st, 2011 ~ Owner handled under judge Ms. Tracy Daugherty ~ BOB, Group 1

Nisa meeting some new friends before the show starts.

Breed competition - exam

Waiting for Group to begin

Stacking for the judge in Guardian Group

Some shots from Best In Show - She was quite worn out by now and not as perky but she held it together the best she could.

Now here she is the next day all refreshed and going for it again. I'm so proud of my girl for accomplishing such a great show weekend and showing in Best In Show 2 days in a row. This girl tends to throw a surprise at me every now and then. Good job Nisa!