I love our Great Pyrenees. Smokey is one of the best dogs I’ve ever owned, and he practically raised himself out in our barn, as the breed is meant to do. He protects our goats, chickens, and geese better than anything else I can imagine.
So we decided a few weeks ago that we were going to try to breed Smokey with another Great Pyrenees at some point. I see the breed in the paper and on Craigslist sometimes, but they’re always adults, and I know that although this breed is amazing, they’re not as useful unless they’re raised as puppies directly around the animals (or people, if you choose the pet route) that they’re to protect.
So earlier this week I finally found a local ad for Great Pyrenees puppies in our area. The guy had one female left so we headed out there that night and fell in love with our newest farm addition. We named her Tundra (thanks to a friend’s suggestion) and so far she’s been great. Smokey has been wonderful with her and they lay together to stay warm already. He also lets her eat out of his food bowl, which is a kindness he’s only ever extended to one other animal: our Border Collie mix, Shelby. God forbid a goat or chicken even walks within 10 feet of that bowl, though. He has a loud and convincing bark.
We’re hoping that Tundra can be a permanent fixture at the farm, eventually providing us with puppies to sell or keep if our farm expands.