Eyes Of An Anatolian
You often hear people mention from time to time about their dogs eyes. You tend to hear the phrases "The eyes have it" or "It's in the eyes". In the case of the Anatolian Shepherd Dog it is true. Their eyes hold so many wonders. This is my perspective of what I see when I look into the eyes of my Anatolians.
As I sit and look into the eyes of my Anatolians, it's as if I'm looking at a piece of history. I can only imagine what it was like to see these magnificent dogs thousands of years ago in their homeland of Turkey working with their flocks, the same as they still do today. I imagine what it would have been like to come face to face with one of these true ancient guardians thousands of years ago. I imagine and wonder how they have survived over the ages to be the same dogs today as they were back then. They are still true guardians.
As I look into the eyes of my Anatolians, I see a proud majestic animal and one who is completely devoted to its task of being a guardian. Their eyes hold something so captivating that it's hard to describe. Once you look into their eyes, there's something so magnetic and breathtaking that you just can't look away.
As I look into the eyes of my Anatolians, I see a dog with a strong presence that is bold and powerful but yet has a quiet confidence. The look in the Anatolian's eyes is a very powerful look. It's as though their eyes speak for them. I also see the nobility these dogs possess and how brave and courageous they are.
As I look into the eyes of my Anatolians, I see how intelligent they are. I can see them thinking. It's kind of like they are reading you and what's on your mind. It seems as though they are trying to out-think you at times too. It's as if they are trying to figure out your next move, or better yet, they already know your next move.
As I look into the eyes of my Anatolians, I see how serious they are but at the same time I see their softer side and how sensitive they can be to those in need. I can see a sense of humor and how they like to be clowns at times. They have such a love for life and all aspects of it whether it's serious or not.
As I look into the eyes of my Anatolians, I see how gentle they are to those that they love and watch over. I see their loyalty. I see a good-hearted animal and one that is like no other. They really do give unconditional love. There is no love greater in this world then the love an Anatolian will give you. Their devotion is legendary.
As I look into the eyes of my Anatolians, I see an incredible and undeniably magnificent animal. I am looking into the eyes of a true guardian with so much history. There are so many things their eyes can tell us about the past, present and future. When you look into the depths of their eyes you can also learn a lot about yourself too. If you've ever looked into the eyes of an Anatolian you would understand.
When you look into the eyes of an Anatolian, you're looking into their soul.
Brandi R. Lambert
*Published in Choban Chatter ~ Spring, 2008 ~ Volume 18, Issue 1*
*Published in Anatolian Shepherd Dog 2008 Yearbook*