Sal was born on December 26th and we got him when he was seven weeks old. Little did I know that his father had another litter coming due soon and Sal was one of the results, born on February 18th.
My wife was devastated when we had to put her long-time favorite, Max the Dalmatian, down on Monday as he was finally giving up from his cancer and spinal isssues. Nothing does the job to brighten my wife's spirits like a new puppy, so I guess it was kind of ironic that she had already made the arrangements to bring Sal to us on the following day.
When he arrived, I put him in my arms and carried him over to be introduced to his big brother. Surprisingly to me, Val just dropped his tail and walked away. He was actually quite jealous. Yet, in just a few minutes, once Val realized he was and would always be special, he came back and was soon busy teaching little brother the tricks of his trade. Little Sal will quickly learn how it is to deal with a big brother and in so doing will learn the lifestyle of the nocturnal Great Pyrenees.
When we awoke this morning and walked to the kitchen door which opens on the deck, there were Val and Sal both resting comfortably in customary guard dog mode. These fellows are going to be great additions and they will learn to take turns having principal responsibility for different guard duty periods. It's what they are bred for and it's what they do.
I never knew much about the breed but I am quickly learning that they are laid back and calm, yet they stay alert at all times and know who belongs and who doesn't. If you don't belong, they will let you know. They are not vicious, but steady and they are always ready to defend those who are part of their flock. And trust me, my wife and I are both included in that number and we are thankful for the loyalty that they are already developing for us.
God has created so many wonderful animals and we are so fortunate to be blessed with a nice rural homestead where we can experience so much of what they do so well. God bless all creatures both great and small; they are truly a blessing from He who loves us.
Want to read more about our variety of animals here at the Ark? Check out my book at www.outskirtspress.com/honeyweshouldaboughttheark or at www.amazon.com/author/jamesdick. The book is available in paperbook and via Kindle from Amazon and Nook from Barnes and Noble. Animals: A Wonderful Gift from God.