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The Sheep Dogs of Anatolia: Yörük Koyçıs Paperback – July 31, 2014
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About the Author
Guvener Isik has been a cheese and wine maker in Turkey, sheep and goat owner, and information technology consultant. He has a psychology degree and MBA. He developed a great interest in sheep dogs and nomads while growing up in Turkey and rural Anatolia in 1970s and ‘80s. He began travelling specifically to the sheep and goat regions in Anatolia in order to observe the dogs in their native conditions and to learn directly from the shepherds. Additionally, he advocates understanding sheep dogs principally through their interactions with sheep and goats in the culture that originally developed and made perfect use of these dogs. Furthermore, Isik has contributed numerous articles to the ASDI’s official publication, the Choban Chatter. The author and his family reside in the UK and Turkey.
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I strongly urge any dog enthusiast to read this book. Some of the content is potentially inflammatory, and one must discern the kernel from the husk, but I value other, non-conformist points of view, and I value the authors right to dissent from popular opinion. Here we have discussions reaming out the AKC and other established "authorities", we have argument against "hip dysplasia certification", against micro-chipping, against "breed standards", against the shift away from the pastoral way of life, etc. But in the end, the book paints a beautiful picture of mankind and dog coming together to make a thing of beauty. The conclusion is this: if the nomadic pastoral function of the dog is destroyed, how far behind is the destruction of the "land race" of dogs?