Exemplary Companion Dog - Stormy (Anatolian Shepherd Dog)
Owned by Marilyn and Quinn Harned of Alpine, CA

Stormy, a 10 year-old Anatolian Shepherd Dog, became a member of Marilyn and Skip Harned's home on Independence Day, 1994, when she was 10-weeks old. Just two weeks after her arrival, Stormy was stricken with meningitis and for 48 hours, she hovered near death. She survived, but was left paralyzed from her shoulders back.

After many months, this determined puppy regained the use of her limbs and incredibly, went on to become the first female Anatolian Shepherd Dog AKC Champion of Record. In 2000, while participating in the filming of the AKC breed video, tragedy struck the Harned's once again when Skip suffered a debilitating stroke, which would require ongoing rehabilitation. Always vigilant, Stormy has been Harned's constant companion whether she is accompanying him on his therapy walks, sitting with her head in his lap as he works at the computer, or keeping guard at the foot of her charge's hospital bed throughout the night.

Stormy has suffered additional health problems and over the years has recovered from several critical illnesses. Her indomitable spirit continues to motivate Harned to face his long-term therapy with a positive outlook.

Stormy was honored at the Long Beach Kennel Club show on Sunday, December 12, 2004.