Friday, April 10, 2009

Asalet Berna (known as Charlie)

Bernie and Nick sent me these photos of Charlie in February so apologies that it has taken me so long to get them on the blog page.

Bernie says "She may be a little lady, but she's also a little madam! She has some very typical traits of the Anatolian - she loves digging huge holes, and we have some very fine examples in the garden. (how come you didn't have any in your garden?). She also has selective hearing, and if she's distracted by something (like a rabbit) she totally ignores us when we call her and refuses to come back. This must be the 'independent' streak that Anatolians have! She's still curious about everything, especially those things that she can't get to, like... our cat (who won't let Charlie within five feet of her), and birds in trees; she can't get near them and it drives her mad! She still gets up onto the bay window and watches village life pass by.

She absolutely loves people, and when we take her for a walk, she lunges at any human that passes within a couple of feet; she just wants to play with them, but some people aren't too keen on having a big dog trying to jump up and lick them, but others think it's great. This can make going for a walk a bit of a challenge! She does attract a fair bit of attention when we're out because she's so gorgeous looking. And she does love the attention She's still very bouncy and puppyish and finding lots of things new and exciting.

We're taking her to training classes every week, and she really loves meeting the other dogs - she's very sociable. She can do everything they ask in the classes, she's very clever. But away from the classes she'll only do things if she feels like it, and it's as if she's indulging us by doing what we ask of her!!! She's still very affectionate and loves being petted and cuddled, which is fine by me. She's getting very big now and when she stands on her hind legs she's almost as tall as I am".

These are the sort of emails that John and I like getting - they give us a huge amount of pleasure.