Me hugging Babe. My most precious Great Pyrenese puppy who died within 24 hours from Von Willenbrand disease. He didn't make it to one year old. He was a gift from a Dear Sister in Christ.
Oh how I loved that boy.
My Pyr girl was put down at 3 yrs for aggression towards the children. :o(
My Snow with Gabriel. He's a Shiloh Shepherd. My only Shiloh boy out of my 3 Shiloh boys who lived.
Mylove broke both knees, rendering him crippled for life. I couldn't care for him, lifting him at 120 pounds in and out. He was supposed to care for me. We all drove to the vet. Held him, cried and gave him back to God. The vet seeing the room full of us cried too. He was only 15 months.
Mylove and Snow. They had this intense bond. They really loved each other, like David and Jonathan, closer than brothers. Snow 2 months younger. When Snow was crated for potty training they slept nose to nose. Mylove laying outside the front of the crate.
Wulif was 3 when he bloated. Snow and Wulif never had the bond that Snow and Mylove had. Wulif was more alpha, and a playful boy. Snow and Mylove are/were couch potatoes!
Snow the defender of the weak. He's watching out for SP here. He's 6 years old this year. Tom says if I die he will have to put Snow down. He howls a very sad wolf howl when I am gone. And pines for me. He was going to replace Mylove as my Service Dog. But he is too protective of me. Service dogs must never growl- even if they don't bite. So he is my shadow in the house, growling if he hears the kids getting out of bed at night, or sneaking around. If I have an argument with a teen, he growls at them when they come around me. He would never bite, but he has a sense of who upsets me. He allows all of the 6 youngest kids to crawl over him like he's a rug! Moses loves only Snow!
Mylove in training- he was so intuitive to my needs. But here's a funny thing. I thought his size was what mattered to stabilize me from falling. Because Mylove had bad knees he was never "sturdy". And even Snow is not the kind of dog for strong physical work, like supporting body weight. We actually have to be careful with Snow. He over heats easily- he has his own fan. He gets sick quickly. And I can't bear to lose him yet.
BUT! These two British Lab girls are both super strong and sturdy and both girls already stabilize me as I stand slipping my shoes on. Sassy (yellow) is only 60 pounds (1 yr old now) and a power house. I have many friends with Service Dogs who told me size did not matter. I didn't listen. I'm thick skulled that way. They were right.
What led me to Martha (chocolate, 6 months) and Sassy was their superior people skills. Their very devoted and dedicated breeders invest hours upon hours socializing these puppies. However, Sassy inherited more hunting interest than they had planned with her litter. Her parents were not "gun dogs". They forgot to tell Sassy. Distraction is her middle name!
Martha however is incredibly in tune to us, while Sassy sniffs everything! We won't know till both girls are about 2 yrs old who will be "my" SD girl.
Both girls are built strong and solid. Even at 3 months, when they sat I could pull the leash to balance against them. We chose girls because they tend to be more dependable. But with British Labs of both sexes are very dependable. The breed is incredibly well bred.
We have had Shiloh Shepherd boys because in that breed the boys are just huge loves. Females are more serious.
We owned a very aloof Pembroke Welsh Corgi girl for 14 1/2 years. A few years after she passed, we decided to get a more affectionate boy Corgi! (so we were told) Our boy Squiggy was never ever affectionate!! OY! (He had a horrible skin disease for 7 years, I couldn't watch him chew himself up anymore. We paid way too much money looking for a cure. He's itchy free in Heaven and waiting for me now :o)
Each dog a gift from the Lord. Each dog teaching us more about love, forgiveness, and how fleeting our time here is. How we are but a vapor. God is the giver of such good gifts! Thank You Lord!