Los Angeles County, California – This is Bear, a huge, two-year-old, Anatolian Shepherd dog. Anatolian Shepherd dogs have “acute hearing, exceptional eyesight,” and were bred to be guard dogs to protect their flock from predators, such as wolves, bears, jackals and chetahs.
Bear is an anomaly, though. Standing at over six feet tall when on his hind legs, this handsome boy is actually a sweet and gentle giant. Bear is also shy; so shy that he prefers to stay in his cubby while looking outside with his sweet face and beautiful, soulful eyes. As a result, the public doesn’t have the opportunity to interact with this gentle giant and experience what an amazing dog he is.
This is how Charlotte Falls – a volunteer at the East Valley shelter – describes Bear:
[Bear] is not unfriendly at all – as a matter of fact when you stop and talk to him, you can see his tail wagging – he’s happy to see you!! But the noise of the Shelter scares him, makes him very uncomfortable – contributing to his reluctance to come out of his kennel. He knows there is gonig to be dogs barking and that makes him uneasy. He wants very much to believe he will be OK, if he comes out of the security of his cubby.
For his size he’s really very good on the leash – he loves people – he bonds quickly, and sticks very close to you, both when you’re walking with him and once you get to the yard – he leans on you, he needs that reassurance, that contact – which makes it particularly distressing to me that his owners didn’t come for him – I know he was very attached to them – just because of the way he acted after only spending a few minutes with him this past weekend. He was very happy to see a familiar face.
Three of us volunteers played with Bear in the yard on Sunday – and he was LOVIN’ THE ATTENTION!!! A Chi was in the yard at the same time and Bear’s inclination was to go in the opposite direction…no aggression whatsoever. Didn’t seem to even be curious. He truly is a gentle giant – he loves to run, once he figures out he’s suppose to be running straight ahead and not sideways!!
It is worth nothing that the day came when Bear was to be euthanized. He was being walked to the room where animals meet death, but the staff at the East Valley shelter walked him away from the room. They just couldn’t let him die. They wanted to give him another chance. He is THAT wonderful.
Bear, the gentle giant with the soulful eyes, will not get another chance. He needs a place where he can thrive and not be afraid, anymore. Bear’s story needs a happy ending.
If you can give Bear this gift, contact the East Valley shelter at (818) 756-9323/24, or call one of the kennel supervisors, Christine Carr at (213) 792-6090, or Sheryl Perez at (213) 305-8611.
This is Bear’s information: ID # A1306407 (BEAR); neutered male; black and tan Anatolian Shepherd; approx. 2 years old; 117 pounds; at the shelter since May 4, 2012.