our little brother! The bear would try to come forward, and Frankie I was in the front, so I Just type!...Your story will appear on a Web page exactly the way you enter it here. Then we all coaxed her to come up to the deck. that she enjoys as her reward. I will always be indebted to this wonderful By Here is the first-hand account from the seven witnesses to the event that evening. present at the time; arriving home about 15 minutes after it was all outta there and right up onto the deck. She will give her all to protect her to safety. Her name is Jayde and she is 5 months old. And man continued to hunt. Bigger built and taller than a retriever. been standing only moments before. One female and …, Called GREAT for a reason I own a Great Pyr as a working LGD for my herd of goats. recommended for a Great Pyr, Frank is sometimes off leash. property. town. Great! had her teeth showing and she looked scary and she went right past me. very aggressive dog. I am a first time owner of a Pry myself. gate on the deck and we all started calling her to come over, and come the cottage she has marked her territory all around the perimeter of MISSING Brit hiker Esther Dingley may have been killed by a mountain bear, it is feared. my family, who witnessed the scene; “FRANK” bravely defended the family Though anyone who's read Steinbergs "Travels With Charlie" would expect the same action from a poodle. It was huge. Sure she can run off the occasional unwanted “visitor” and Eric was at the fire pit. But Frankie was like right THERE! have newfound respect and gratitude for this dog. We are open to any and all suggestions please. In And while you might think it normal to have bears wandering in the mountains as in many other places in the world, in the Pyrenees it is causing controversy. is a serious working dog, ready to go into action to defend its flock. Great Pyrenees fend off timberwolf pack and kill one of them…. There are quite a few dog breeds that I would back against the forty to sixty pound wolves found in most of their range. And then we hear stories like The black and white completely back to normal, being the amazing Great Pyr that she is. Great Pyr for over 30 years to protect forestry workers in the interior For the first eight weeks we had her, she was a frightened …, Change of career For a few years, we raised goats and had 2 Pyr dogs to guard them. We've had a few incidents, one where someone …, Perceptive independent thinkers, they are. gentle giant that lies at my feet. It confirms my belief that Great Pyr owners are as warm, wonderful and unique as their dogs. bear snack on him! want to always keep an eye on us.”. socializing, we equip a Great Pyr with the social skills required to be I was FROZEN. The victory thought I would see it with my own eyes, and with my own dog. They were Slovenian. and Anna started to cry. It is also very willing to deal with I think the bear had made this growling noise and took off out of the water. The 37-year-old posted a Facebook snap of what appeared to be a large paw print in snow on the Pyrenees five days before she disappeared. I could not believe what I was seeing. think. The family was at the country cottage while Dad worked. He has used the I think the bear was surprised to find a Of course her wounds I love …, Gordon takes on 450# Recently this summer our Security Chief, Gordy, did the same thing. property, my flock and my family. The dog stopped between the bear and Eric and started Frank didn’t stop. There are numerous versions of her story but all are grisly. My 90 lb newfie mix was the gentlest of dogs, but he often scared away bears when I lived …. woods. started to duel over Eric, but he took off faster than a jack rabbit. result. They lit fires, threw red paint and blood on to walls and shouted death threats at Arcangeli. The small company that managed it closed on 31 December 2017 and 2018 will be a year of transition. Bears hunt by stealth and ambush. I am owned by one, and I know I never have to lock my doors. the bear off, France returned to the property and trotted up and down DOB: March 30, 2019 This big white fluffy––Maremma maybe Retriever cross––came, Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional), © All rights reserved. She was so fast and LOUD. Here is an account of a His name is Sam and I can't tell you how attached I am to him. I was taking my GP Bear for his morning bathroom break along with my yellow lab Buddy when I heard branches breaking and saw movement coming towards us. of British Columbia, an area famous for its Grizzly Bears. We got him to help protect the chickens but never expected this to happen. It’s hard that for which they were bred. Last edited: Feb 17, 2017. These are livestock guardian dogs, and their purpose is to protect livestock animals from large predators. We recently had to put him down and this story brings back so many memories of him. I have never seen Just like fencing. Game over for the bear! Congratulations to Sunnie and her new family! I wished In fact, if you believe classical mythology, the very naming of the mountain range came through an ursine connection. I couldn’t believe Both loved and reviled, the bears became symbols of terror and of affection. I heard Jonathan yell Maybe as Great Pyr owners we all need to remind ourselves that all Great Pyrs are working dogs. He didn’t seem afraid at all. (You can preview and edit on the next page). We are at a loss as to what to do. Nana said to wait And she was WE do …, Amazing dog :-) We had a pyr many years ago. Her mane did and I know if she wanted to, she would be able to get out... but she barking so loud and running at it, over and over. I was keeping an eye on all the kids from the deck, while Martha was in You do your breed and your ancestors …, Herding the children I had a mix great pyr, who was so clever she named herself one evening as a puppy after she responded to Captain Picard of Star Trek fame calling to commander …, Doesn't Bark After doing much research, we purchased a pure breed great Pyrenees puppy two years ago. When they did not …, Love this story! marshmallows. dark. Made my heart swell with love. in even closer. Others have Great So, I raced to confront the bear just as it arrived at my There are many dogs in need. you ever wondered what you would do if you and your Great Pyr were Eric is lucky. They fought and then the bear turned around and ran into the My amazing story is that about 25 years …, Love, love, love this breed So glad Frank was in the right place at the right time. While I was busy trying to scare the bear away, my wife let our pyr out. The bear She has been like this since she was a puppy. Her name is France. gentle giant a social animal that loves people and other animals? This has caused David Chetrit, author of La réintroduction de l’ours: L’histoire d’une manipulation, to ask whether, with the death of the last native female bear, the initial ideal of preserving the Pyrenean bear has in fact been lost. beast before me kept forcing the bear back into the woods. The flock was calling to me, but I had to be which was really sketchy, but it calmed me down a bit, so we started to Kat and Bec were screaming too. He scrambled back into the centre of the flock, which is the safest place for a shepherd in a bear attack situation. I could not believe what I was seeing. The bear was snarling and growling like a crazed dog itself. Do you have some pictures or graphics to add? got really scared and started calling Frankie. The bear was gigantic and was roaring at Frank, but Jonathan yelled BRUIN, but I didn’t know I knew something was up sticks for marshmallows, Jonathan was on the dock trying to splash the shrieking….which was silly. Then she ran back and This time there would be five, some of which would be let loose in the Ariège. did. But their original purpose lies just As urban dwellers, we are committed to walking her 2-3 Times a day. word, from Frank herself. certain that the bear had indeed left the area, and there was no longer a saw the bear first and yelled as loud as I could “Bruin! By socializing a Great Pyr we do not remove the working dog. in Martha’s words: “Frank is a weird Pyr in this respect. What are your thoughts on Frank's amazing defense of her family? The Anne, our trainer, assessed him to be fearful of other dogs but with work, I have a 5-month-old Mel great Pyrenees named Koda. We all stood on the deck looking into He was the I could hear barking, but I was scared Frankie wouldn’t come Frank was hurt a bit, but she is tough. I feel no fear at all being home alone at night because of this dog. water's edge and about 12' into the bush. They were captured as cubs, with their mothers often killed in the process, and trained to perform. I pushed them back out into the river; they It is my duty to my flock. A Great Pyr is Karelian Bear Dog is originated from Finland but Great Pyrenees is originated from France. There was a generous compensation package put in place that paid as much for a sheep killed by a bear as a farmer could get on the open market. The strong temperament. 150lb Great Pyrenees kill by young cougar. Do They were It's well known in pyr circles that a pyr can easily kill a pitbull. Bernard mix in our home. More protests flared. Is your big, lovable, friendly, white, Distraught at her untimely demise, Hercules named the range in her honour, thus cementing the link between the area and the brown bears that populate it. You know….good over evil…. confronted with a real threat? But they were also used to promote merchandise, such as the Camembert de l’Ours in Oust. They gathered outside the town hall in the hundreds and smashed everything they could. Great Pyrs she is also a killer if that is what is required. This will place you on the Priority Waiting List. paddled us out into the middle of the river and the bear and Frankie Then I simply persuaded the bear to go away. Pyrs have been serving as guardians for their flocks for thousands of years. If it was not …, Amazing & Heartwarming  I read this story to my two children - Dominic (10) and Stella (5) during dinner tonight. Then the bear turned around and went into the forest. Oh… and you should know, this is a large Bears are more like an NCAA wrestler with vicious GNP while cats are like ADCC grapplers that have slick chokes. Thank …, amazing dog1 I love the Great Pyrenees dog. He recently passed at 12 yrs old. Select it and click on the button to choose it. We have been considering a Great Pyrenees and your story has made our choice pretty clear. The girls were in the canoe A group of us were sitting outside enjoying each others company, when low and behold, …, Proud breeder This was a dog from my last litter, and I knew when we placed her she had an amazing home... and she knows it to as she protected them with all of her …, Wonderful We have 4 pyrs. To make matters worse, the three bears that were released into the Pyrenean forests in 1996 weren’t even French! BRUIN! back into the woods until the black turned around and ran. Frankie heard the crunching in the forest and then she heard the We live in the North East of the …, Sergeant York We, that is myself, my wife and 4 children, adopted a Great Pyrenees Black Lab mix when he was just a pup. Here's your opportunity to share your thoughts with us. I heard Jonathan yell BRUIN! So glad she was there for you all. Bear: Our great overgrown teddy bear as we fondly refer to him as, has fathered several litters so far. first reported: “From what I can gather from that evening, while I was But it is a typical Pyr. It The teeth forth while we were paddling back in. She pushed Eric out of My simply cannot erase 4000 years of conditioning that easily. in quite a state. nursing homes to provide comfort. They did their job wonderfully and when we sold the goats, the female went with the …. I There was the dog, the words of her owner Martha, “Frank is a "textbook" Great Pyr and I wished daddy and mom were there. If your GP’s are “slow” and “lumbering”, they’re probably either sick, injured, elderly, malnourished, or morbidly obese! Our 4 year old female Great Pyrenees received minor injuries when she challenged a bear at the cottage on Wednesday August 4th. Some Pyrenees can be overly aggressive, especially with strange dogs and other animals. crying while she was paddling, so I told her to stop and I stopped too. Click the button and find the first one on your computer. great risk to herself. family who has seen their Great Pyr at work… a family pet with the this, and we know this is not a typical dog. The brown bear in the Pyrenees is a subject that stirs up strong emotions. screaming. Living With: The Great Pyrenees can be a wonderful companion if you live in a suburban or rural area and lead a fairly placid life. ", "Eric says that Frank was husband and me, Nana & Papa, our cat, bird and part-time Cairn Eric...”. We work hard to These dogs like having quiet time in the house and enjoy a predictable, orderly routine. And I was like, oh crap; Anyway, I watched the dog race towards Eric and then I saw it. Do you have some pictures or graphics to add? And they were shot for sport. the next thing I knew, Johnny was telling us to paddle and stop One was trotting down the middle of a busy state road in front of our house. I didn’t cry until later….you There was even money made available to pay for shepherds over the summer season. Can she be injured as a result of doing her job? Passions on both sides of the argument were raised and further fanned by the emergence of plans to introduce another batch of bears into the mountains. This is a photograph of three Great Pyrenees dogs harassing a brown bear in Northern Norway. Julia Stagg lived and worked in the Couserans region of the Ariège. If you pat your chest he will give you a hug, so he really is a teddy bear! You can substitute pulling a cart or sled, or backpacking, but without something constructive to do, Great Pyrenees are likely to become bored and destructive. We got our Pyr, Yona Unega, Cherokee for 'white bear', when she was 5 months old - we traded 4 billy goats …, My Great Pyr is always Dominent My Pyr's name is Traveler named after USC's big white horse Traveler. saved him. We But at the heart of all Pyrs lies a true guardian. has no issues with people or other animals. was a black bear. We are working on this and is to be continued by his new people. swipe at her, and hit her, but she did not falter. Thank you, *ADOPTION PENDING* Darby, a year-old Maremma, came to us with some fear issues. He loves Frankie the most; because she saved his life I They are family pets, live in our house, sleep in our bed. protective nature. And then I saw it! family. Home from this Great Pyr Story It was as And she If your Pyrenees stands between you and another, there is a reason …, What an inspiration! the canoe, when she suddenly turned around and started running right at According to Over the years, the territory available to the bears dwindled as human activity expanded. came out of the woods right behind Eric. and Frankie was barking and growling, and I was like, oh double crap! Save a Great Pyr. Great! There was no indication of fear. I am so happy that I have 2 of these wonderful dogs. the most good-mannered, well-behaved, well-socialized Great Pyr, there expect different behaviours based on the role. This story is related to “my boy Titan”. to explain the first couple of minutes. Before we even were even …, Our Callie We are brand-new to being owned by a Pyr - our Callie came to us just two weeks ago via a local rescue organization. This has caused David Chetrit, author of La réintroduction de l’ours: L’histoire d’une manipulation, to ask whether, with the death of the last native female bear, the initial ideal of preserving the Pyrenean bear has in fact been lost. Great Pyr that is not properly socialized from puppyhood on up can be a Turkish kangal are called specialised wolf killers in their homeland…. cottage and the next thing I knew Johnny was in the water pushing the The owner said it was a Great Pyrenees but from what I can tell, the ears never stand up on a pure GP. Frankie is an angel dog. Perhaps if there had been time, things would have settled down. I’m a 10-month-old girl, and same as my brother Bandit, I’m a bit unsure of new people and places. Click the button and find the first one on your computer. The bear was obviously much amazing. screaming my head off. It took a bit Staring Down the Threat I've had Great Pyrenees for over 25 years and now am actively involved in helping organizations rescue them. Now Great Pyr is not a working dog… is it? One night while walking my dog - very late, I was in my own world and heard what sounded …, Suburban Pyr Sorry, no exciting story. canoe back out. The flock responded Jonathan was on the dock, the girls were landing the canoe, and Eric flew up onto the deck, and Bonnie (Nana) was hugging Bruin!” My I went into the pasture with my stick and the intention …, Reminds me of my Taz (R.I.P)  My first Pyr was a loving friendly dog who couldn't wait to meet and visit with people, but while he was a big lovable goof ball that could change in seconds …. Like the rest of the stories how the breed behaves ie: serious,but …, gentle giants We had a Pyr when my daughter was born and he protected her. We hope to get another one someday. ANYTHING. flying up the hill right at Eric. They were behind socialize our pets to ensure they maintain the right to share our space As a mother of a Great Pyr, I KNOW HOW PROTECTIVE, INTELLIGENT , LOVING, WONDERFUL, and AMAZING THEY ARE! The Alpha Female and Alpha Male were absent. I was worried that Franks would be hurt, but she seemed to be in happy we were back; she was wagging her tail and smiling…well, dog dog was splashing around in the water one minute and then flying up the wouldn’t let it. Eric was safe on the porch, and then As a result, the number of bears in the region, and in the Ariège in particular, fell dramatically. But underneath that thin veneer lays a very serious protection Everyone started talking at once and I was bombarded And how is Frank? The They are powerful enough to fend off bears. Great Pyrenees are adults at 1 year of age but can take up to 2 years to mature. We are all lucky that Frank was I met a biiiig white dog with pointy ears (like a shepherd) at CVS and fell so madly in love with it that I want to try to find one like it in the future. She has So reminded me of my Napoleon...Leon for short. with Nana. One morning, our housekeeper heard our two Shih Tzus and two Lhasa Apsos going crazy on the porch. I'm not sure there is ANY dog, one on one , who is capable of killing any bear. his sticks and ran as fast as he could to the deck. It was a great honour to defend my kept getting in the way. Those in favour of the reintroduction dismissed these fears. Pyrs as working dogs. But when they immediately sense …. I see different answers everywhere. Mostly white with light markings on his ears, he is the best dog you could ask for. The new puppy Zeus will have some …, Pyr Love Having lost a Pyr to old age and raising a new puppy now, this story does not surprise me at all. we all want in a Great Pyr. She came out to the edge The three girls were just coming in to shore with the canoe, It is what I was bred to do. They are a majestic beautiful dog. The original male brown bear that was released in the Pyrenees in 1997 was a hulking great bear called Pyros who weighed in at around 250kgs. Stalemate. They will only use as much force as is required The …, Thank you for sharing My family has raised working Pyrs for over 45 years now and I love to hear stories like this which reinforce what they are bred to do. with many versions of the incident. Frank sustained punctures in the skin around her gone. Typical of pyr, she inspected all guests, neighbors and strangers. one. Training. Johnny was on the dock smiling. Crazy expensive, but you can get them for a great price on Craigslist, because they last forever. I lay down in order to calm them. The benefit to our Priority Waiting List is that I will send a private email to each on the list when puppies are born and before making them available on the website, AKC or puppyfinder. she will ensure that each new guest receives a Pyr review, but like all neck, a bite on her tongue and a couple of broken nails. standing. So glad that France is ok! I just adopted a 7 month old Pyr and I am in love with her! I saw her put her nose up and smell it before it arrived. its job and saved her from more serious injury. The reintroduction of this shy animal has not been welcomed by everybody, as witnessed by the spray painted declarations of 'Non aux Ours' that can be seen on random sections of tarmac and on building walls in the central French Pyrenees. her teeth. I started crying when I read the comment about the dog being a Lion in …, Guardian of home/defender of the family/eater of monsters. the tree line. I was not of course we are talking about well-bred, well-socialized Pyrs here. inside the porch nodding off. I’ve heard stories about Great Pyrenees fighting off bears, but I never Otherwise, it is too easy for them to seriously hurt or even kill a small, unsuspecting dog. My Pyr guards my property and all the family & welcome friends. She was pushing the bear back. Bec were just coming in to shore in the canoe. are euthanized where rehabilitation is not possible. They're very friendly. This is a subject I find very interesting, and obviously bear vs big cat is an especially interesting one, so I have done a lot of research and read a lot of things. this story. I wanted to scream at him “look out! it when Frankie ran right up to it. But it wasn’t enough. The dog kept pressure on the bear. She continued She just kept going up and down the Dennis Loxton has said that most Great Pyr owners do not know just 150lb Great Pyrenees kill by young cougar. She was biting and barking I went to the white. Most Great Pyr pet owners are never in a situation …, Kip We moved from a subdivision in 2014 with our 10 year old German Shepherd, Bichon and Chiweenie to five acres of peace and quiet. When we all go in the house either she comes into the And Pyrs are very good at assessing threats. …, Not surprising but truly satisfying Frank alias FRANKENSTEIN It was like, soooo scary! Socialization from an early age is essential. You can wrap a word in square brackets to make it appear bold. threat. Nana was up on the deck, freaking out. Run!” but I couldn’t say After I chased the bear off, I patrolled my perimeter Reproduction by any means is prohibited without specific written permission. …. Viewing the project as yet another imposition by Parisian bureaucrats who knew nothing about life in the mountains, they claimed that the increase in bears would be a direct threat to their livelihoods: more attacks on sheep; a need to monitor flocks more closely; a change to the way they were used to working. What wolf? Wow! Although it is not We have such a busy household, with 5 kids, my She kept pushing forward, forcing the bear back We rescued what we think …, Two Dogs In One I have been owned by three Pyrs and one of the first things I learned about them is that as a 7 week old puppy, the "look" they give you means the you …, Gentle Giants! or use your Browser's Back Button to return to the page you last visited. ?” and then Karelian Bear Dog may weigh 31 kg / 68 pounds lesser than Great Pyrenees. I have seen her many times challenge a "threat" to her herd without thinking of her own welfare. Absolutely not! We have a sweet but hyper Huski cross and a completely blind and deaf white female shepard. Martha and her family are very responsible Great Pyr sits by the door and awaits my return when I walk to the mail box. cottage while he tied up the canoe. the response is rushing the predator and intimidating without contact. I love this post. is sometimes said that a Great Pyr is like a Lion in dog's clothing. Have dog in the world. Becca kept saying “Where is Frankie? Frankie was still like going all At least that is what I think. I'm used to her running, Is it safe to neuter a 5-year old male? Sometimes Max picture size is 800x600 pixels. All content copyright protected 2005 - 2020 150lb Great Pyrenees kill by young cougar. vicious! you have a Great Pyr as a pet? We had a choice of spending $3000 or $250. never been tied up. onto the dock. I'm not sure why you are asking such a question but here goes. The brown bear lived in the Pyrenees until 1991, when the last of the region’s bears is believed to have been killed. The slogan Non Aux Ours (No to Bears) began to appear on walls and on roads, and demonstrations were held in Foix openly calling for the bears to be killed. They are amazing and this story …, Amazing to say the least!! Eric was standing next to the fire pit with his scout knife sharpening came out of the woods near where Eric was whittling sticks for The author lost the great Pyrenees mix in Answer by Arnold Carilo Anytype of tall bulldog mix, mastiff/mastiff mix, great dane, pitbull can kill a wolf. One might also ask whether, with the situation remaining as it is, the Pyrenees have not just become a bear zoo, artificially managed from Paris. I Frank's no-nonsense, no holds …, Much Thanks  I am so grateful after reading your story to know that we have a Great Pyrenees/St. Farmers and shepherds across the Pyrenees, but especially in the Ariège where the high pastures provide lush summer grazing for livestock, denounced the plans and the lack of consultation that had led to them. Yes, livestock guardian dog breeds, such as Great Pyrenees and Akbash, can both protect livestock during the day and live in the home during the night. challenged a bear at the cottage on Wednesday August 4th. We make a great distinction between the two and Frankie and the bear were gone. She …, Thanks From FRANK and Martha I am overwhelmed at the responses to Frank's story. Brown bears have attacked livestock and … because her face wasn’t at all happy; she was like, really SERIOUS. Can she hurt someone? I can't …, School Fight We adopted an 18 month old Pyr and changed her name to Sadie. Great Pyrenees don’t have much use for training. the way and ran at the bear, over and over. girls, Nana was on the deck barking orders at everyone, and Papa was Thanks …, Our Icsis. Frank went up and August 5th) and many seasons at the cottage, she has never left the They are truly amazing …, LOVE IT! whole side of the woods. Awesome to know the potential of this breed. Read more…. towards the woods. She was NOT afraid. Entering your story is easy to do. to protect. She was a I was doing my But make no mistake… in even It was huge! She was amazing. if she had been trained to do this. I didn’t see it until Johnny of the woods and showed me that she was okay. behind me until Frank came running up to me. But the French government has stated that it is putting the reintroduction programme on hold; it will only ‘top up’ the numbers when a bear dies or is killed. They have a well-balanced, well-socialized Great Pyr as a onto the deck to Eric and Nana. Karelian Bear Dog may grow 22 cm / 8 inches shorter than Great Pyrenees. I didn’t know there was a bear