Shepherds Rest Farm

Breeding New Anatolian Shepherd Import Lines - Direct From Turkey

Name:  Shepherds Rest Farm

Location:  Newberg, Oregon, United States

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kepi X Aygir Puppies 1 Day Old

Male 1 (pictured above & below):  25.8 oz at birth 

Male 2 (pictured above & below):  23.7 oz

Female 1 (pictured above & below):  21.2 oz

Female 2 (pictured above & below):  23.1 oz

Female 3 (pictured above & below):  21.8 oz
Kepi (Murekkep) went into labor Friday afternoon but it never progressed to pushing.  Called the vet about 2:30 a.m. and we both agreed to wait until morning.  At 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, we were at the vet for a C-section, resulting in 5 large, beautiful, healthy and active puppies.  We did not lose any pups.  Kepi was not able to deliver her puppies naturally due to a gel blob of undeveloped pup right at the "bifurcation" so that there was no head (skull or boney structure) to push down on the cervix to start the actual hard labor process, and it blocked the way for anything to pass by it.  Kepi and puppies are all doing well.  Aygir did a phenomenal job siring his first litter, and produced 4 brindles in these 5 puppies.  Although Kepi has no brindles in her lineage, Aygir has at least two:  1) his dam, Turkish import Durkaya's Kara Panter, and 2) his father's sire, Turkish import Çapar of Çardak. All 3 female puppies are brindle and one of the males is brindle.  Aygir also produced both dark and light brindles, despite being a very light brindle himself!  The genetics of coat color in Anatolians is fascinating.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Rakun X Duman Puppies 2 1/2 Weeks Old

 Rakun and her 7 babies, sired by our Turkish import Ormanustu Duman.
Rakun is the daughter of import Panter and Gunner (imports Capar X Nazli).
Pictures below are 2 1/2 weeks old but weights are at exactly 2 weeks old.
Male 1:  3 lbs 13 oz 

Male 2:  2 lbs 11 oz

Male 3:  3 lbs 5 oz

Male 4:  3 lbs 6 oz

Female 1:  3 lbs 3 oz
Female 2:  3 lbs 0 oz 
Female 3:  3 lbs 1 oz

Panter X Arap Puppies 2 Days Old!

Ten puppies were born via C-section on 9-14-16.  Five puppies survived.  See full story below. 

Turkish import Panter and her babies.
This is the first litter sired by Turkish import Yozgatlı Arap Atı ("Arap")!
 Male 1 (above and below)

 Male 2 (above and below)

 Male 3 (above and below)

 Male 4 (above and below)

 Female (above and below)
 A few hours after Panter's water had broken and no puppies were delivered, we made a trip to the vet to check things out.  There were no puppies in the birthing canal.  Heartbeats of two puppies checked by the vet were above 170 beats per minute, which is normal.  I requested a C-section be performed, as I've learned to trust my gut on these matters.  Turns out that one of the uterine horns was not contracting.  All puppies from that horn did not survive.  Three never had heartbeats or respiration.  Two puppies were worked on for hours and struggled to breathe, were given plasma orally, as they would not be able to suckle, but just did not make it.  I think there must have been 5 gals (vet techs and office staff) and me working on the 10 pups.  Of the 5 pups that survived (pics above), 1 male pup thrived (the first one out) and screamed to cheer us all on while working on the other pups.  Four other pups took a bit of help and encouragement, but eventually all 5 nursed on mom before leaving the vet's office.  The uterine horn that was not functioning properly was one that had been the recipient of a C-section (a past one-puppy litter).  What I learned is that the 2 puppies that were checked for heartbeats were in the well-functioning uterine horn.  Had we checked any puppy in the malfunctioning horn, we would have known to do a C-section right away, as it would have shown the puppies in that horn were distressed or without heartbeats.  I also learned that for future litters from Panter, we must carefully calculate the timing and do a C-section a day before puppies are due to whelp.  The 10 puppies would have been 6 males and 4 females, but the surviving ones were 4 males and 1 female.  All puppies were full size and fully developed.  All had nice, dark, sleek and shiny coats.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Rakun X Duman Puppies 3 Days Old

Seven puppies, 4 males and 3 females
Male 1 (above & below), very dark "grey fawn,"
24.6 oz at birth, double rear dew claws

 Male 2 (above and below), brindle,
20.4 ounces at birth, no dew claws

 Male 3 (above and below), grey fawn,
21.1 ounces at birth, no dew claws

 Male 4 (above and below), brindle,
26.0 ounces at birth, no dew claws

 Female 1 (above and below), grey fawn,
23.8 ounces at birth, no dew claws

Female 2 (above and below), grey fawn,
21.2 ounces at birth, no dew claws

 Female 3 (above and below), grey fawn,
22.4 ounces at birth, double rear dew claws
Rakun surprisingly gave birth to a dead pup a day later, after she had seemed relaxed and finished whelping the day before.  We took her to the vet and there was still a dead pup inside, so poor mama had to have a C-section to remove the last pup.  Rakun is doing extremely well, though, and returned to nurse her pups just a couple hours later.  The puppies didn't even get to the point of crying for her yet.  The pup born deceased at home was a huge brindle female.  So sad.  The deceased pup taken by C-section was a good-sized dark grey fawn male.  Both deceased puppies looked completely normal, just probably got stuck in the birth canal too long.  The total litter size not counting the 2 late deceased puppies was therefore 9 (5 males and 4 females).  All seven live puppies are doing fantastic and seemed to be born advanced in motor skills.  They crawled immediately to mom and began nursing, and they are motoring like salamanders all around the whelping box.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Rakun X Duman Litter Due

Whelping should be any time now . . . and who knows how many puppies?!

Waddling around on August 25

Sleeping on August 27

Puppies Stacked by Pat Hastings

This end-of-April 2016 blog post was greatly delayed due to the end of Picasa and a computer glitch.  I temporarily lost all my photos and had to figure out how to get the now defunct Picasa program again, and then retrieve all my photos.  Finally here we are!  This post is only 4 months overdue!

Kelebek X Sirtlan Puppies
8 Weeks Old

Male 1

Male 2

Male 3

Male 4

Male 5

Female 1

Female 2