Another Pyr or not?

by Linda Hindes
(Sequim, Washington, U.S.A.)


20 years into our marriage my husband was diagnosed with highly aggressive cancer and he decided to retire early. We researched and got our very first dog together. We always wanted one but did not want to leave it home alone during our working years.

My fear is the short life span of this breed that we truly love and are connected with.
Dog #1 died at 2 years from bone cancer. Dog #2 died of same at 4-1/2.
The female companion was rescued and outlived both but died at age 11 with cancer of the muzzle. Her memorial plaque reads: You Saved Us.

Dog #4 rescued August, 2019 came from an abusive male owner. We always socialize our dogs and did same with Nick. We taught him to feel safe.
Sadly, he was diagnosed with IMHA (Hemolytic Anemia) and died within 4 days - Memorial Day weekend. We are devastated.

I am beginning to feel like the Halfway House to Heaven. Our grown children have never loved this giant breed as we have. Our lives are empty without one and we realize that these magnificent dogs need a loving home as well.
We are in our 70s and they are just our speed. Not a dog for everyone but we know how to socialize them, talk to them, and teach them their boundaries with love. And, yes, they are quite loyal, intelligent and make their own decisions. But, they learn to trust our direction for them. We live on 1/2 acre with enclosed 6 ft. fence.
We talk to our animals. Even my possessive 24-year Congo African Gray parrot looks down the hall for him. Where could he be?

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Jun 08, 2021
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by: Anonymous

Woke up this morning, opened the kitchen door to hear the birdsong sounds of nature waking up. The sun just barely a warm glow on the tops of the trees. Our 2 dogs stroll out to greet their day....whatever it holds for them.
I made tea, clicked on the computer...found your message. OH. Read it, again...and again. Am pretty sure your note has resonated in the hearts of many others, the same way it did for me. You made me stop...be still...
From all of us whose hearts have been uplifted by your story, thank you for sharing. Your compassion and love for the creatures that share life with you, is palpable in your words.
But remember, 'time' is only important because we humans have learned to live life on a schedule. For your lovely dogs, whose every moment was fully lived, loved by you, life is this moment. Longevity doesn't factor into it. Their spirits are beautiful when they cross over, because you cared about them.
The blessings are many. Your own soul too, made brighter each time you serve your highest self, honoring the life journey of another.
Each and every time.
Life is good....live the moments.


Jun 09, 2021
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If I may.....
by: Anonymous

....add this, you've been given these dogs
because you are an exceptional person. Now, going forward, should you decide to adopt another Pyr ask the Universe to send you a healthy uncomplicated big white to love. These dogs have a long lifespan for their size.
Put it out there. You're already connected.
Then wait for it to happen, as it will.
You can even ask for assistance from your beloveds who have crossed over.
Years ago another contributor to these pages lost his Pyrenees assistance dog. He was devastated.
Readers gave him the same advice. Trust and faith worked for him, too. He got his new Pyr.
As will you.



Apr 01, 2022
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The same for us, what to do????
by: Patricia

We have had one really Great Pyranees inherited from my Daughter, moved away.
At first we thought, oh no, what hell is this????
Henry was 2 yrs at the time.
Well…. Henry Passed at 10 suddenly at home.
I can barely speak it, what a Blessed Gift he was.

I am 60, my partner is 70, and I feel maybe we are a bit too old for a Great one in terms of lifting if need be at the end of his days. Henry was such a special being, it’s hard to think of any other breed.
Interested in your thoughts.
Thank you,

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