Leah's protective side

by Diane
(Boston area, Massachusetts)

Leah lives with my husband & I. I am handicapped. I feel no fear at all being home alone at night because of this dog. We live in the North East of the US, in a city where the houses around us are mostly illegal rooming houses. Only occasionally does someone mistake our house for a rooming house. The last time it happened the fury of our dog erupted. It took her quite awhile to calm down afterwards. It wasn't a break-in, just a mistake by the person looking for their particular rooming house. Word got around about that great big dog, so yes occasionally it happens again, but now we hear, "oh so sorry wrong house, giant dog lives here, I go now". So she is a deterrent that keeps me safe. She is also my very helpful big dog. Once when I was still able to walk and climb, I slipped on a set of stairs, I fell backwards down the stairs thinking okay this is it. I am 6 feet tall and the stairs are not. Leah was on the other side of the house at the back door waiting to go out when I got back. Usually when she moves, I can hear her toenails on the wood floors, not that night. Something in her made her move extremely quickly and quietly, to stand behind me and catch me as I fell. Neither of us were hurt. She lowered herself slowly to the floor. Once I caught my breath I realized I had landed on a rug, which we don't have as we have hardwood floors, so when I landed on the "rug" I realized my dog had just saved my life. I didn't see or hear her come up behind me. But if she hadn't been there she most likely would not have me to tell her story. She lays on the floor somewhere near me every day, protecting me until her dad comes home from work to take over. Her nickname is Big Fluffy Bunny Girl, because that is what she becomes when she is off duty and dad is home.

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Sep 13, 2017
sweet Leah
by: Anonymous

Very emotional, beautiful account.
If I may, I would like to ask this question: When you added the lovely Leah to your household, was your choice specific to this breed because of their history as guardians? Did you research Leah's breed before choosing her?
We did, before bringing ours home. He's our first Pyr. We live in the country and were being
pestered by a gang of very large, very bold coyotes. They are smart animals, always pressing their advantage.
We brought home the pup, and kept him close and safe while he grew. From the outset, he showed us a keen awareness of his surroundings...24-7. He quickly grew into a capable white lion, with a voice to match! Since we have him and he has grown and has voiced his guardianship of us to the gang of wild brothers, they gradually retreated. We don't even hear them anymore. Doesn't mean they are not there, but they recognise the Pyr's intent and respect it.
Now, I am not fearful when we walk our land with him and we feel completely protected at night. He has a tone for every wild creature that ventures close when night falls. So we know by the sound of his bark that it's the deer, or the fox, or the racoon who is close by. His coyote voice, the lion roar, we have not heard in over a year.
Interestingly enough, his guardianship also extends in a radius around our home and includes all that he surveys from his own porch. He carefully marks his boundary and, along with our other dog (not a Pyr) they make sure to leave their message...from this point, it's our turf.
Thank you for sharing Leah's story with all of us. Big thanks to the Club too, for this space so we can tell our stories of life with our amazing Pyrenees dogs and, in doing so, educate and enlighten all those who underestimate and misunderstand this breed. : )

Sep 13, 2017
Leah
by: Anonymous

I am sooo glad to hear your story. You have an amazing girl watching over you. I am also in the northeast in NY and will repeat your story many times! Best of luck to you always!!!

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