February is a very special month in our household. Not only does my birthday fall in February but on February 4th 2013 we adopted Elsa into our lives and on February 13th 2016 Ludo joined our family! I absolutely cannot imagine our lives without either of our gentle giants. I may have missed posting (lets face it, for most of the year) on Elsa’s actual birthday but I couldn’t miss the opportunity to reminisce about BOTH of my big babies at once. I’ve attached a collage of each of them the day we adopted them and now. The differences are crazy and I hope you enjoy!
Just stopping in real quick to announce there will be more blog posts soon! In the last 12 months I have graduated college, rehomed our foster cat Puff, moved TWICE and adopted a new Pyr into the family. I look forward to filling in the gaps of those events in future posts and sharing the Pyr Love once again in the near future!
Happy Wednesday readers! Just kidding, I’m obviously just a bit late on my entry. My family is getting ready to move and in the chaos I forgot to get this entry setup for issuing, and for that I’m terribly sorry! As I’m sure you noticed a week ago today was a very special day, my very own Pyr turned 2 years old, and sadly I was not able to spend the day with her. I don’t think she minded much as she got treats the night before and I left her in the doggie hotel with a large birthday treat as well. In honor of my Pyr’s big day, I thought this entry would be all about her and the goofy things that make her special.
Elsa is, 90% of the time, a very quiet and calm dog. She always has been, even as a less than a year old puppy. Like anyone else, there are certain things that get her excited, and when she’s excited it’s impossible to miss.
First is treats, but that should be pretty obvious. Who DOESN’T get excited about cookies? My favorite part about treat giving is her reaction. Elsa doesn’t jump around or bark or go nutty before the treat; instead she does it after. In the morning, she gets dog biscuits for kenneling. She is so gentle when it comes to taking treats, it’s hard for her to lick them off my palm. Because of this, I place each biscuit in her open mouth or drop them on the ground for her to sniff out. Less often, we give Elsa a bone to gnaw. To earn this she must sit with a non-verbal command or lay down and stay with a verbal command . She’s quick to obey and VERY gently take the bone, but as soon as it’s in her mouth and out of my hand, she is gone! She charges out of the kitchen, through the living room and POUNCES onto her bed. She then drops the bone, spins in a circle and flops down to begin attacking it. This ritual of hers never fails to put a smile on my face.
The second thing that always gets Elsa hopping with excitement is to initiate the “What was that?” game. It’s really simple and starts the the question “What was that?” in a very excited tone spoken very quickly. As soon as her ears are perked and her tail is high, I will ask again or kind of jump towards her. At that point it’s on. Elsa will hop, spin, bow and wag her tail like crazy, and all Ihave to do is repeat the question and hop with her. She eventually wears out, at which point she will flop to the floor, tongue out and panting in what can only be described as a smile.
On October 17th, 2015 Elsa is 2 years old. For most of her life, she has been a much loved family member and friend. There is really nothing better than a round of “What was that?” followed by a snuggle on the couch after a long tiring day. Give it a try! See if your furbaby is just as easily excited and have yourself a good workout with your best four legged pal.
Have a Pyr Love filled day!
Typically I’ll be releasing posts every Wednesday but today is a special day. The star of the show, Queen Elsa, turned 2 years old today! Sadly I am not able to spend the day with her so I gave her a big treat last night and dressed her up in her birthday crown and her new Elsa costume.
Happy birthday to my sweet fur baby, with all of my love 🙂
To kick things off I thought we could all benefit with some background on the gentle giants that are the Great Pyrenees (Pyrs).
The oldest known record of the breed is that of its remains, which are found in fossil deposits dating as far back as the Bronze Age (1800-1000 B.C.). The breed name stems from the Pyrenean mountain range, located between France and Spain. There, the breed was put to work protecting flock and farmer alike. While a great deal of the breed’s history is in Europe, it is widely believed that the Pyr originated in Asia or Siberia and followed the Aryan people migrating into Europe. It was during the 17th century that the Pyr was adopted as the royal dog of France, due largely to its versatility as both guardian and well-mannered majestic companion dog.
Pyrs continued to spread across the globe in the 1600s, during which time they were taken to Newfoundland and mated with a black curly haired breed of dog. the cross created the Landseer Newfoundland. In Great Britain, the Great Pyrenees was once again the dog of royalty when, in 1850, Queen Victoria owned a Great Pyr. From 1886 on, the breed was referred to as the Pyrenean Mountain Dog was recognized by The Kennel Club of London. The United States of America first became acquainted with the breed in 1824, when 2 males were brought here from overseas as gifts.
Sadly, the breed was on the decline by the early 1900’s, due to bad breeding, the loss of natural predators in the mountains and the all over destruction of Europe during World War I. The restoration of the Great Pyrenees began in 1907, when the Pyrenean Mountains were combed for faultless specimens for restoring the population. In 1927, breed standards were published by Reunion des Amateurs de Chiens Pyreneans, a club that worked tirelessly to return the breed to it’s former glory. The first Great Pyrenees kennel in the United States of America was created in 1931 in Massachusetts. Breeding stock was imported from Europe just before the start of World War II. It would only be 2 years later in February 1933 that the American Kennel Club (AKC) would recognize the breed and begin creating new classes for the dogs to be shown in at licensed shows.
The Great Pyrenees today is much as it was then, still protecting flocks of various animals including but not limited to: sheep, alpaca, goats, and chickens. The breed also finds fulfillment as companion dogs, protecting families and working as service dogs in hospitals and senior living homes.
I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about this fantastic breed., I know I did! If I missed something, you’d like to know more history or have a suggestion for a future entry, drop me a line.
Have a Pyr Love filled day!
Exciting things are being discussed in the Pyr Love household! Just as soon as things are more firmly set I will be happy to share the news with everyone.
Hurray for the very first post! It wont be anything special unfortunately, something of a filler if you will but I promise there is more to come/in the works! I will be writing a few posts off site and releasing them at a later date. Once I have a few tucked away and can post regularly I will select a day of the week to make them available for your reading pleasure.
Happy Monday Eve everybody 🙂