An excellent video well worth 9 minutes of your life to watch:

This Dog Was Tied To A Train Track. That Boy Has An Unfathomable Condition. Now Watch This.

    A 7 year-old boy named Owen Howkins was born with a condition that makes him unique. Owen has Schwartz-Jampel syndrome, a disease that leaves his muscles constantly tense. Because of his condition he was afraid to interact with others. Haatchi was a lonely dog that faced death and abandonment. Together, though they make a pair that puts smiles on the faces of everyone they see.



   

Jimmy Stewart On Johnny Carson Show Remembering His Dog Named Beau

 

Delilah, Great Pyrenees puppy @ 7 weeks of age




Daughter Paige Johnson with her "mom's Christmas present"!!   Mom may not have been happy but Paige certainly was!!!
Ted Harkey, Daughter Paige Johnson and new Great Pyrenees Puppy Lelilah

 

   Ted is birdman extroordinaire and the nice man that convinced me you could own a Great Pyrenees dog for bird protection without having to have an enclosed area.  Ted raises all sorts of birds, peacocks, pheasants, geese, pigeons, Diamond doves and so much more.  Always respect his advice on proper care of birds and his knowledge of the different species.   Whenever we visit him we always come back with a bevy of new birds for our farm.It was Ted's neighbor that we got our 2nd Great Pyrenees from.   Delilah was the first of 8 puppies to be sold.   She was 7 weeks old, and raised in barn around all sorts of birds and farm animals which should make her well conditioned to guard our chickens, geese, ducks and swans who free roam our property.  




Ok here is the continuing saga of watching Bubba, the Great Pyrenees grow from puppy to 1 y.o.  Images below show how small to point where I'm having to get him to stand straight up and eventually will get good picture of that and you will see he matches my 6'1" height.

  

  I  fell asleep with my trusted guardian companion beside me.


 

Coaching him on his 1st birthday to stand up.   He is as tall as me actually.  

Zeke underneath wondering "what is this all about?".


   What's cheap, reliable, and totally devoted to protection including laying their life on the line.  Well here's the answer in the photo below......

The Great Pyrenees - Companion To Children

 
Historical Photo Of Black & White Great Pyrenees ( Montagne Des Pyrenees)
   
 

   It's believed by most that one can not have a predominantly black Great Pyrennes, however that does not appear true.  The history of the breed goes to France and the breed there is montagne des pyrénées. 
 
   A very good history of how the breed developed can be found on the
Bar 6 Diamond Ranch website here:   http://www.bar6diamondranch.com/lgdsinfobackpyr.html .   Many believe the "standarization" of the breed may have contributed to the elimination of any puppies with black markings.  The value of white GPs was enhanced by not allowing the creation of black in the coat.  Over time the availability of black was essentially reduced to practically nothing.

   As a result of eliminating the color black many lovers of the breed chose to not follow the accepted "standards" and elected to breed the dog for temperament and instinct.  The instinct, due to being a livestock protection dog ( LGD- "d" standing for guarding ), is to protect livestock and the larger "family", people.   The black Great Pyrenees is now becoming the most sought after color since it ties in to the actual heritage of the breed.

  



Kangal Puppies


Special thanks to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of Shadow Wings Farm in providing some of this summary about Kangals:


   The country of origin:   Turkey

   Group: Livestock guardian dogs, although also known to be very protective of children and elder men.

   Use Today:  Livestock protection

   Colors:  Cream to light tan to gray in a sable pattern with a black mask

   Head:  Wide, black face/muzzle - it's reported Kangals have largest brain of any canines which explains their quickness in learning

   Life Span:  12 - 15 years

  Height: 28 - 30" for females and 30 - 32 inches for males

  Weight: 90- 110 for females and 110 - 145 for males


   Litter Size: 8 - 10 puppies

    Training/Raising Notes for the new Kangal puppy owner.

  •     The kangal puppy will not overeat like many other breeds will.  The puppies eat until full and then quit.  Often it's better to provide constant nibbles of food for the puppy 24/7 for first 6 months.   If gets heavy then reduce feedings to 3x day for about 10 mins total duration per feeding.

  •    For many breeds one is told to never give "table scraps".  With Kangals the breed is so old and historically fed off the land, including eating dead carcasses that it's good to add some table scraps to the premium dry food for variety for the puppy.   

  •     It is reported that due to larger brain the puppy may learn quicker.  My experience has been they retain what was learned quickly very well.  Don't get upset or strike out at the puppy for doing wrong as the puppy remembers and due to the memory it may be difficult to change future behaviors.  Be patient with Kangals as they also tend to take longer to develop physically.