Friday, December 3, 2010

Notice the change?

My regular readers may have noticed a slight change in my blog. Six months, many escapes, and approximately 250 pounds of dog food later we are no longer 'The Khan Family of Five and Two Cats'. Atlas has officially made the blog as a permanent member of our household. So now we are 'The Khan Family of Five, Two Cats and a Dog'. It may not have the same ring to it as the previous title, but I think it will grow on me. As has Atlas. With all the trouble he has caused us, all those expenses we have incurred, plus the recurring costs, you can't help but love the pup. Is it his fault that he is stubborn and not very bright when it comes to learning commands? That we have had to raise the gate with a large piece of plywood? That he drools so much at times that everything he comes near gets coated with saliva? After all, he is a Great Pyrenees, and he is just being true to his nature. The website we should have referred to before we brought Atlas into our life states:

If you want a dog who...

  • Is very large and rugged, resembling a majestic white bear (yup, that's our dog)
  • Will protect your horses, llamas, sheep, goats, or chickens (but we don't have any horses, llamas, sheep, goats or chickens!)
  • Can be found with a strong protective temperament, or a more easygoing mellow temperament
  • Tends to be serious and steady, rather than playful and silly (not as a puppy, we've learned)
  • Is quiet indoors and content with moderate exercise (actually he is pitiful if he doesn't get his morning and evening run)

A Great Pyrenees may be right for you.

If you don't want to deal with...

  • A very large dog who takes up a lot of space in your house and car (all 100+ pounds of him!)
  • A heavy dog who wants to sit on your feet and lean his weight against your leg
  • Destructiveness when bored or left alone too much (we've seen a lot of evidence of this)
  • Aggression toward animals who don't belong to his family (fortunately we haven't seen this yet)
  • Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge (heck yeah! Strong-willed is an understatement when it comes to Atlas)
  • Providing secure fences and lots of supervision to prevent wandering (been there, done that!)
  • Deep booming barks (he actually talks back to you if you discipline him with a tap on the nose, or if you scold him)
  • Very heavy shedding (our lawn has more white clumps of fur than it has grass!)

A Great Pyrenees may not be right for you.


Great Pyrenees have an independent mind of their own and are not pushovers to raise and train. They can be manipulative, and some are willful, obstinate, and dominant (they want to be the boss) and will make you prove that you can make them do things. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
Well, I guess it's too late to change our minds now. He's pretty much ours to keep! So I'm going to be a big girl and come to terms with it. Gotta love that puppy!


Amanda (Janelle's Mommy) said...

I caught the word LOVE and it was about Atlas, the puppy! :)

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