Jack guards Tim
by Hayley phillips
(Cook, Washington 98605 U.S.A.)
My Great Pyrenees, Jack, who died 3/1/2014 at 11 years was always amazing me.
After taking a roommate into my home my dog, Jack changed his nightly routine.
At bedtime he'd take my second pillow and get comfy. I'd him give him a hug, say goodnight and fall asleep. That's when he'd get off the bed and find a cooler spot on the floor, where I'd find him in the morning. This was the "norm."
When Tim came the past 7 year's goodnight routine curiously changed. Jack would start out by jumping up on my bed and letting me say goodnight. After I was under the covers, light still on he'd jump down, look back at me from his exit at the bedroom door, as if saying, he had to go. This went on for a some time.
I tried finding out why my dog had changed our nightly routine. This wouldn't happen until all circumstances fell into place. It happened one night as I stumbled in to the den half asleep. I had heard a noise that got me out of bed. I wanted to find out if Tim had heard it. What I found was my Great Pyrenees, Jack, keeping Tim from rolling up in his covers during a seizure. He wasn't going to suffocate in his bedding or due to the saliva running down his cheek. Jack kept that in check too. Later, I found out that Tim had a history of nocturnal seizures since a past head trauma.
How Jack knew, that's one of the characteristics of the Great Pyrenees. I will always have one, or two.