In 1994, after graduating college, I spent a some months researching four different breeds of dog; Great Pyrenees, Kuvasz, Leonberger and Anatolian. I wanted a dog that was laid back, a natural guardian, and big. After doing the research, I narrowed my selection down to the Great Pyrenees, but I had to meet one before I would make my final decision, "Is this the breed for me?".
Finally, I found a relatively local breeder and went to visit her dogs. One of her females recently had a litter of puppies that were about 5-6 weeks old. I played with them for a while and then met their mom, Shelly. Also referred to as "Pyrless Pieces of Dreams", Shelly was a retired show dog and her breeder was looking to find her a "retirement" home. Shelly graced me with her presence, her dedication, her devotion and her love. She spent her remaining years with me, living the rich life of a spoiled yet well loved dog. Shelly taught me more lessons about life than I could have ever hoped for. The most important being there is nothing on earth that can replace unconditional love.
Since Shelly's passing, I've had many Pyrs to embrace in my life. Some became a permanent part of the household while others were foster dogs that found their own families. Each of them, in their individual way, filled my heart with love and shared the different distinctions that made them unique, but remained a Great Pyrenees.
In the 20+ years that I've been in the breed, I've been a member of the Great Pyrenees Club of America (GPCA) and am a member of 2 regional Great Pyrenees clubs. I served as rescue chair for a few years when I lived in New York state and simply enjoy educating the public about this breed.
Currently I am owned by two Pyrenees, Margit (Whitefire Remembers Sedona) who is my current show dog and Titan who came into my life as a foster and ended up never leaving. I will always love and cherish the memories of those that have since moved on and look forward to seeing them again. In the mean time, I've got plenty to do.
P.S. If you're interested in the Great Pyrenees breed, do your research. Go visit some breeders and find one that is reputable and does health checks. Remember, an animal is a lifetime commitment. Please feel free to browse around, enjoy the pictures, learn about the breed, and ask questions if you like. If you have questions about the breed and you cannot find information on the links, please e-mail me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org.