This sweet "mama's boy" has somehow gotten the nickname Gunner. Most likely a future stud for the Shepherds Rest Farm breeding program, this 6 week old pup weighs 17 lbs 8 oz. He gained 4 lbs 8 oz in the last week! Look at that nice chest width.
Excellent conformation is noticeable, even on uneven ground. Look at the thick bone structure he acquired from his import parents! You just don't find that bone structure in Anatolians often here in the U.S., which is one of the many reasons why Shepherds Rest Farm chooses to focus on imports!
At 6 weeks old, Gunner is jumping the creek (after falling in a time or two when he tried to follow me across the creek and was more concerned about staying with me than he was afraid of the water)! The pics of him sopping wet after his first accidental dunk and his subsequent howling were too pitiful to post! None the worse for wear, after the first couple immersions, he seemed comfortable jumping in to swim across the narrow creek on purpose! ;-> Note: it's about 95 degrees here today in the Portland, Oregon area.
Gunner is comfortable with the goats up close and personal, and is getting to know the other dogs on the farm. Kepi, in the background, is almost 2 weeks pregnant. She was bred to Capar, the brindle male import, who is the father here of Gunner. (Kepi is expecting her litter the end of October, so her puppies will be ready for new homes at Christmas time!)