My comical Pyrie!

Poor Zack bumped his nose hard yesterday when he jumped out of the car. Zack is our 3.5 year old Pyrenean Mountain Dog and Hubby had taken him and Maddi, our older Pyrenean Mountain Dog, out for a walk. Zack is effervescent, all legs and sometimes mad to boot. He never looks before he jumps, and it is a wonder that we have not seen him really hurt himself to date.

Yesterday, in deference to Maddi’s age and old joints, Hubby parked the car next to the steps so that Maddi would have less of a gap between the ground and the lip of the boot when exiting the car. She managed gracefully enough, but not Zack. The silly dog leaped from the car, fell, and hit one side of his huge nose against the stone steps. Ouch! I am wincing as I write.

I noticed a black patch on Zack’s nose yesterday and, not realising that he had fallen, I thought he had stuffed his nose into some soot, so I wet a cloth to clean his nose. The colour would not come off even though I rubbed a little on the spot. Mentioning it to Hubby, he told me what had happened and I had a closer look at Zack’s nose. Poor thing! The side of his nose was actually a little swollen, although I still cannot understand why there are black marks on his white hair.

As I have said, Zack is all legs. In fact, that was the reason his original owners wanted rid of him. They claimed that his legs were too long. But Zack is a Pyrenean Mountain Dog, and they are tall dogs with a decent length of leg. I think that people who take on a pet should really do some research before deciding to do so, so that they do not get any surprises they are not prepared for – such as long legs. Having a pet is like having a child. It is a commitment. A pet relies on us in all things – from being fed to being succoured in sickness and in health; and a pet will never grow up the way a child does into an independent adult, able to fend for himself or herself.

When Zack came to us, he was under a year old and only a little taller than Maddi. He is now more than 5 feet in length – and that excludes his tail; and he stands almost 4 feet tall, basically a head or more longer and taller than Maddi. When he stands on his hind legs, he is over 6 feet tall. However, he is still not as tall as our first rescued Pyrenaean, Monty. Monty was about 6.5 feet tall when standing on his hind legs – and how Monty loved to jump up so he could smile face to face with his humans! Monty was also larger built, whereas Zack is much slimmer.

pyrenean mountain dog

Here is Zack, my baby at 9 months of age, so still small in size. He was taken from an abusive home and we rescued him about 3 years ago from Scottish Pyrenean Rescue (www.scottishpyreneanrescue.webs.com).

Well, Zack’s enthusiasm for life and his long legs have certainly landed him in hot water a few times. We have a staircase leading from our flatlet up to the main part of the house. When Zack is running a dervish up and down the apartment, he will often lollop up and down the stairs and even leap over anything in his way in his excitement. Usually, that ‘anything’ is Maddi, who will either look askance at his madness or join in.

I remember well a number of times when Zack decided to be Superman. You will probably know that catch phrase: ‘ It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s Superman!’ Here . . . comes Zack, sailing over Maddi as she crouches on a step and looking up at this dynamo, legs flying and scrabbling for purchase. The next thing you know, he is on the ground with a bump!

Zack is a laugh a minute, but he is so loveable. He will cuddle up and look lovingly into your eyes. He is also a chancer. He knows that I cannot resist his ‘poor little ole me’ look, and follows me where even I do not wish him to follow – i.e. the loo.

But Zack is also a typical Pyrenean in that he is a protector. Pyreneans bark to warn of intruders and to frighten them away. Zack will bark. If he does not know or like a person, he will tell them so in no uncertain terms. On the other hand, if he takes to someone, he is soft as a baby.

As I write this, Zack is doing another typical Pyrenean act: he is lying curled up in a comfy chair and dozing. Pyreneans are couch potatoes, which suit us fine, as we are getting rather creaky ourselves, and enjoy a comfy sofa to laze on. However, do not be misled by their lazy stance; one ear is always cocked for any movement they might see or sound they might hear. I can start to shut down my computer, and before I have even left my desk, Zack would have run to the top of the stairs and be sitting on the top step waiting for me to let him out – and all from a supposedly sleeping position! He can wrench himself from a position lying limply on the floor into an upright one all ready to go within a few seconds.

Our comical Zack provides us with so much laughter and fun. He is good with Mum, who has Alzheimer’s Disease and will be gentle with her, even though he is boisterous at heart. One day, I fell down the stairs whilst rushing down it to shush Maddi up and missed my footing. Zack saw me crumpled on the floor and came to sit by me for solidarity. What a touching gesture it was!

This blog is really to let people know that there are just so many great dogs out there in rescue centres that will make excellent pets. If you are looking to give an animal a loving home, do think about the many dogs, cats, rabbits, etc. out there that need your help. You will be saving one or more lives from a miserable existence or an animal from being put down because it cannot find a good home.

woodlands behind blenheim lodge

Everyday, Hubby takes Zack and Maddi for walks in the fells and woodlands that you see here, which are situated right behind our guest house, Blenheim Lodge. There are lots of dogs that come to this area for walkies, and our own two love doing the usual doggy things: dawdling, sniffing, taking in the sights, and of course their doggy ablutions.

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