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Guest Post: Heidi the Great Pyrenees Puppy – 10 months

August 20, 2012
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It has been a while since I have talked about Heidi, our Pyrenees puppy.  She is about 10 months old now.  It seems like just yesterday she was a tiny puppy and very unsure of the goats.  The dwarf goats dwarfed her.
OMG What ARE these things staring at me???

Over the spring and summer she spent supervised time with the goats.  I had to watch her so that she did not chase the babies.  The larger goats kept her in line and I also had to make sure the goats did not hurt the puppy.  I taught her that I am the pack and herd leader.  She willing relinquishes food and treats if I ask for them.  One day I noticed that she gently nudged one of the Nigerian babies away from her food bowl.  No growling or snapping, just a simple gesture that said this is my food.

A lesson in respect.

Recently, Heidi’s guardian instincts have kicked in and she stays closer to the goats.  Now if the goats go out to browse she goes with them and periodically she patrols the fence line and gives warning barks in her deep “big dog” bark.   She has earned the goats’ respect and is now allowed in the barn and on the deck with them.

Heidi standing beside our Mini LaMancha Lulu.
It is easy to remember that she is still just a BIG puppy as evidenced by her puppy antics.  She loves large sticks and there is always a pile of them by the gate in the goat yard.  She collects rocks and string to go with her sticks.  She has managed to dig up every old dog toy buried in the tall grass.  She likes to slide down the hill on her back, preferably with a stick in her mouth.  But late at night when I hear that “big dog” bark off in the distance I know she is on patrol and warning everything to stay away.  And that is what a Pyrenees is all about.
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5 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2012 10:49 am

    Heidi is gorgeous! (Ok I may be ever so slightly biased about Pyrenees!) I like to keep a collection of sticks – I take them from the log pile when I get the chance.

    • August 20, 2012 10:54 am

      When I first visited them she was (not) a tiny puppy. Shelley had her in the goat area but still separate from the goats as they were either just having their litters or about to and the concept of a curious rambunctious puppy was not going to fit the mix. It has been fun to watch her posts that periodically report on Heidi’s maturation.

  2. August 20, 2012 11:50 am

    Awww, I love Heidi and the goats! How sweet!

    • August 20, 2012 11:52 am

      Heidi was the first Great Pyrenees I met this year and since then have seen several others who serve as guard and companion animals to herds of goats or sheep. I have read about others using the breed for chickens also.

  3. August 20, 2012 8:54 pm

    The Great Pyrenees is such a fantastic breed. I first encountered them back in the early 80s where they guarded the huge sheep herds in Utah. I think they had just recently been introduced in that area and the sheep herders were totally pleased with them.

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