Major, My Gentle Giant

by Anne-Marie
(Frederick, MD)

My beautiful Great Pyr, Major, is 10 today. He came to live with me 3 years ago after my Yellow Lab died. I had a Great Pyr/Golden Retriever mix as a kid and loved the gentle nature of these dogs. Actually, Major and Brandy (the Pyr mix) looked identical except Brandy was the color of, well, brandy!

Upon deciding to get a Pyr, I visited a local breeder to get a glimpse of her puppies. I just wanted to research what a Pyr puppy needed to live in the burbs. While visiting the puppies, the breeder mentioned that a couple were surrendering their dog due to marital issues and the Pyr's anxiety. I waited a few more hours for the couple to arrive and the minute I saw Major I fell in love with him. After discussing my situation w/the owners, they gave Major to me. They warned me that Major did not like to be alone and would pee on the living room rug due to his anxiety.

I have to work for a living, and Major soon showed me that he would not be confined to a room. It took more than 6 months for him to settle in and feel secure. I pretty much tried everything to keep him from having accidents. Finally, he settled in and has been an amazing companion. I try to take him with me as much as I can as he loves to ride in the car. He draws attention everywhere we go.

So many of my friends think that the next dog I get should be smaller etc. because I am now over 60 and Great Pyrs can be added work due to their coats, size etc. Well, good thing I am a bit stubborn and independent, 'cause I can't imagine having a different breed after having Major.

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