TURKISH DELIGHT COMES TO CAPE ANN
WHAT: KANGAL DOG SHOW, UKC Event
Sponsored by The Kangal Dog Club of America
Supported by The Republic of Turkey’s Consulate General, Boston
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
WHEN: MAY 20, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Educational discussion
MAY 21, 1:00 – 4:00pm Dog Show
WHERE: Windhover Center for the Performing Arts, 257 R Granite St., Rockport, MA
Contact: Mary Hughes 978- 281- 6703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
BACKGROUND: Come meet the Kangal dog, one of the oldest breeds in the world. Rare in the USA, they have centuries of guardianship of livestock, villages and people in Turkey. Guarding and protecting out of love, not aggression. Learn about the important roles they serve in their homeland and here, and what it means to be a steward to this rare breed of dog, the Kangal Dog of Turkey.
Interviews available with Kangal owners on event weekend.
TWO TRUE KANGAL TAILS:
Meet Bekci and Heidi, a service /mobility dog for a retired veterinarian who lives with Multiple Sclerosis; Bekci supports and travels with her everywhere, even airplanes! Bekçi is 6 years old and has been with Heidi since a puppy. He has always had a special air of confidence and serenity. Although Heidi has other livestock guardian dogs that work with her goats and Mustang horses, it was evident early that Bekci was destined for a different life than the goat-herding guardian they envisioned. Heidi and Bekci will be at the Kangal Dog Show for visitors to meet!
Heidi and Bekci arrive at the airport after one of their frequent trips.
For the Love of God. In a remote corner of the desert southwest, a women’s monastery resides amidst the local wildlife population that includes bobcats, coyotes, rattlesnakes and the occasional mountain lion and bear. When the monastery first relocated and opened to the public, the sisters knew they needed a serious and effective warning and protection system. Research lead them to the Kangal Dog and thus began a journey that has given them new generations from the original male/female pair of Kangal Dogs who watched over them with such care. They have proved to excel as guardians for the monastery as they patrol the grounds at night and accompany the nuns during their daily tasks. Because the sisters socialize their Kangals early with people and animals, they have never had a bad experience or worry. The bond and intuition the dogs demonstrate – with people and animals – is remarkable to see. A favorite saying is “our dogs are Kangals first and dogs second,” such is their unique breed characteristics and depth of personality!
On the grounds of a monastery in the desert southwest, Kangals watch over two- and four-legged creatures of God.
OTHER DOG TREATS:
⦁ A Kangal dog is designated as a national treasure in Turkey
⦁ Only a Turkish citizen can take them out of the country legally
⦁ Less than 800 Kangal dogs exist in the U.S.
⦁ While many, more familiar, breeds have been heavily cross-bred over the years, the Kangal remains very close to its original breed characteristics.
About the Kangal Dog Club of America
The Kangal Dog Club of America is the national parent club for the UKC and the only club in North America dedicated to the breed. http://www.kangaldogamerica.com