Our first pyr was a revelation. We had a lab mix when we adopted her and thought we had a good handle on training. Our breeder was excellent at giving us a heads up and giving us training tips, but we thought "how hard can it be". Luckily we read the books she told us to read and we avoided disaster. Drifter was a willful, intelligent and incredibly special girl.
We found out how smart she was after we introduced her to one of our neighbors when she was 8 months. Every time he would try and pet her she would slink out of his reach. You could see her sizing him up and she didnt like what she saw. It perplexed me because I had never seen her like that and as far as I knew he was a great guy, who loved animals.
A few months later that same man, a farmer, was charged with animal cruelty, for letting several of his dairy cows starve to death in their stanchions.
From that day on I took her reaction to people very seriously.
She was my very special friend and even after 6 years I still miss her ever day.