All in the Family


Great Pyrenees

Bree is my best friend. She came to live with us in 2004 and her job was supposed to be living with and guarding our sheep. Bree had other ideas. Even though she was raised at the barn with the lambs, she wanted to be a house dog. No matter what field she was in, she dug out and came home. We considered letting her become a house dog, but we really needed her to protect our sheep and keep her sister, Emma, company. In 2007, events conspired to give Bree her wish: In May, she became very ill. We rushed her to the vet and blood tests revealed she had a tick-borne disease called ehrlichiosis.We were puzzled, because we had been faithful to treat her with Frontline every month, but the vet said all it takes is one bite from an infected tick and Frontline doesn't keep ticks from biting. He said her recovery would be slow and her prognosis was uncertain. At that moment, it became clear: Bree would have to come live at the house. For three months we nursed our Big White Dog through fevers, weight loss, and seizures. She was remarkably easy to housebreak and we decided even if she recovered fully, she could stay at home. Today, Bree is a big, 125 pound house-dog. The ehrlichiosis left her with two permanent conditions: Periodic mild seizures that cause her head to shake like a human with Parkinson's disease and weak ligaments. She tore her cruciate ligament and has to limit her activity,but that doesn't seem to bother Bree. As long as she has a place on the couch, she's a happy camper. What about Bree's sister, Emma? Emma is a devoted sheep dog and she doesn't seem to miss her sister at all. Emma is happy and Bree is happy and that makes us happy too.

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Comments (18)
Jan 13, 2010 27Superdog27
what a cutie!!!!
Jan 13, 2010 DailyPuppy Admin
Bree is beautiful!
Jan 13, 2010 wolfgirl66
Soooooooooooo very LOVELY!!!!!!!
Jan 13, 2010 lovely latvian
Fabulous photo, fabulous dog, have a great life darlin'......
Jan 13, 2010 shortyww22
Bree is a true Beauty.I absolutely love her.she is soooo Beautiful.I also have a female great pyreness kimba.shes now 9 months old and only 70 pound's.I'm not real sure if shes a full blooded pyreness or not as they're was a marrama sheep dog on the property along with a male and female pyreness.and my vet said one litter of pup's can have 2 different'll have to check my girl out and tell me whatcha think if shes mixed or not.but I hope my girl gets as big as Bree I use muti advantage for my helps with worms and flea's,ticks and mites.its a once a month heart worm preventer.but first your dog has to be heart worm might wanna see bout it with you're full time guard dog,shes beautiful to by the way....kisses n hugs for Bree and hope you live a long happy life with her.come see my pyreness and my other dogs n comment please
Jan 13, 2010 shortyww22
Added to my fave's list.Beautiful girl's love em....
Jan 13, 2010 bfiggins
Bree has a beautiful story. I am so glad everything worked out for the best. She is truly a gorgeous dog. I wish her a long and healthy life.
Jan 13, 2010 rinch4n
Bree you are so cute....
Jan 14, 2010 Woodswoman27
Thank you everyone for your wonderful comments. I will pass them on to Bree. She really is the love of my life. I can't wait to visit all of your pages!
Jan 18, 2010 jeni18
What a beautiful pair, I'm sad for Bree that she has seizures but I'm glad to hear she is doing well. Now let's see some photos of Emma!
May 4, 2010 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 6th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 4, 2010 shortyww22
Bree is a Beautiful girly.I'm so glad she recoved from that nasty tick bite....I also have a great pyreness that is soon going to become a full time house dog as well. my kimba is only a year old now and has been gaving growing pains and would much rather be indoors with us then out birthday sweetie Bree kisses n hugs come see my pyreness and my other dogs n comment please. hugs n kisses sweetie Bree
May 4, 2011 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 7th Birthday!
Many belly rubs for you on this special day.
May 4, 2012 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 8th Birthday!
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May 4, 2013 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 9th Birthday!
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May 4, 2014 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 10th Birthday!
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May 4, 2015 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 11th Birthday!
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May 4, 2016 Dailypuppy Team
Happy 12th Birthday!
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