If any of you have a soft spot for Great Pyrenees, I'm pleased to report that Lydia's parents, Ruthie and Elijah, have a new litter of puppies born July 5. (These photos were lifted from the Agape Ranch website with permission.)
This is Ruthie, a week before the puppies arrived:
And one day before, virtually bulging at the seams:
When the puppies are a little older, Jim and Carol (the breeders) said we can come visit and indulge in a little "puppy love."
If you're interested in Pyrenees, I can highly recommend Jim and Carol. They know Pyrenees through and through, and they are completely ethical breeders. Their dogs are not "puppy mill" animals, but instead are beloved working dogs.
If anyone is inclined toward a large breed of dog, Pyrenees are a wonderful choice. These dogs grow anywhere from big to huge, and since they're guardian dogs who BARK a lot, they're not suitable for urban environments. But they're obviously outstanding as livestock guardians (their original purpose, after all) and, as Lydia attests, superb house dogs as well.
This is my favorite photo of Elijah (Lydia's dad) with Carol. I love it because it shows two things: (1) how durned big these animals get, and (2) how incredibly loving they are. The expression on the dog's face is no accident.