The Christmas Pyr

by Teresa H
(Aurora, CO)


We were out at the in-law's house for Xmas 2013. On Xmas Eve, we went to the local Cabela's and out front there were two people selling puppies...a young man had an X-Pen full of tiny little yellow Labs, but what immediately caught my eye was the white fluffball sitting nervously next to the lady who held a sign that said, "Great Pyrenees Puppy for Sale - last one!"

I had no idea what a Pyr was - but that white dog's soulful gaze went right through me. I went up to the lady and petted the dog - her fur was like down. I petted the dog for a while and then reluctantly went away. As we were shopping in the store, I remarked to my husband, "That white dog - if she were mine, I'd call her 'Yuki' (snow)..."

My husband looked amused and asked me why I would think of a name for a dog I hadn't bought...and then he asked me if I wanted the puppy. I thought immediately of my elderly Corgi, who is now 12 years old. I worried about it, but decided that since my husband had made no secret of wanting a big dog that we'd spring for it and get the beautiful little dog.

It took us a couple weeks to arrange to fly Yuki home - my mother in law kept her for us, and when she got home, she and the Corgi sniffed each other and called a truce. I was amazed that Yuki loved our cat Rory. He'd had some bad experiences with big dogs and was skittish at first, but he and Yuki became fast friends.

I am continually amazed at how intelligent and regal Yuki is...she was top of her puppy class. I was home alone with my daughter a few weeks ago, and Yuki and Katie bolted down the stairs, Yuki's deep bark (at 5 months!) echoing off the entryway ceiling. I cracked the door to a shifty-looking guy, who took a step back and tried to sell me some spiel about winning a car. I told him to leave, and he protested until he saw Yuki's snout at my waist. He stared at her a few seconds, then turned tail and left. Yuki waited till he was out of our yard before she let me close the door.

I feel so safe and secure with my big, bumbly guard-puppy. I know Yuki is always looking out for us, our silent, gentle white giant.

Comments for The Christmas Pyr

Click here to add your own comments

Mar 25, 2014
Yuki
by: Anonymous

What a wonderful story. You have a real "love" in your life now. Take good care of her. Sounds like she's a keeper. I, too am an owner of a Great Pyr.
Brutus is my wonderful and huge 150 lb, 4 year old male. Barks like he's in the Grand Canyon. I call him my "Granddog". He, too, loves cats, and my young grandchildren, and all the neighbors, too. So glad you love this breed.

Apr 16, 2014
yuri
by: Ed Alparone

Oh do I envy you, your in for the ride of your life. Your first pyre is a real treat, you are about to have a new love affair that will change the way you see dogs.

These amazing animals will love everything that lives in your house and most likely your close neighbors. You will be lulled into thinking that with age she has become to sweet to truly guard but when ever she feels your at risk you will see the other side. You will see that she will do many things without training because she has her own mind.

You will never wear black again ether. Then you will realize you never want to be without one again. Welcome to the brotherhood.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Tell Us About Your Great Pyr-Revised.









Breaking News

  1. Bear

    Dec 15, 17 05:15 AM

    This is beautiful Bear. He is a Pyr mix (or, a big whitish fluffy). He came to us from a shelter so we do not have much information on him. He is about

    Read More

  2. Jack

    Dec 13, 17 06:00 PM

    We believe Jack to be between 6-8 years old. He is a Maremma mix and weighs approximately 95 lbs. Jack came to us from a small farm where he protected

    Read More

  3. Diet and Shyness - Puppies

    Dec 13, 17 02:12 PM

    I just love my new baby Marley and Massie I think they are about 10 weeks old I rescued them they had been running loose with there mom on an old back

    Read More

  4. Dew Claws

    Dec 12, 17 06:36 PM

    our pyreneese/lab mix has the dew claws - last night we found one of the nails on the floor and a new one growing in - is this normal - are we not trimming

    Read More

  5. Coat Loss - 5 year old Pyr

    Dec 10, 17 12:26 PM

    Please can anyone help. We have a 5 year old great Pyrenees who started loosing hair on tail about year and half ago and vet said she was fine. However

    Read More

  6. Diet

    Dec 08, 17 05:47 AM

    Hello, Shiloh Journey is our amazingly sweet, funny and beautiful Great Pyrenees. She will be one year old on January 17. We have 18 acres and she has

    Read More

  7. Eyes - Weepy

    Dec 06, 17 04:43 PM

    My Great Pyrenees male dog's eyes started weeping. No change in diet. He is otherwise healthy according to two vets who've seen him.

    Read More

  8. Males - Get Along?

    Dec 04, 17 04:44 PM

    We have a two year old male that my family adores ! We are discussing the possibility of rescuing a 6 year old male and was wondering if this was a good

    Read More