We have a new dog.

Not just any dog – we have a new great Pyrenees.

As I have shared before, we have a big coyote population here in west Texas. Not only are they a threat to our cows and chickens, but we have lost a dog and a cat to them. The day after our beloved Bob went missing, our 19 year old son shot a coyote circling the chicken pen which is not more than 100 feet from the house – in broad daylight about 7:30 in the morning!

So, after looking for an Anatolian shepherd, a friend gave us Cotton, a 1 year old great Pyrenees. She had turned out to be the best defense against coyotes ever! She works all night, running from one end of the property to the other, making her presence known and keeping us safe from coyotes.

Poor Cotton, she works all night and sleeps most of the day. After hearing her working throughout the night, we decided that the job was just too big and she needed a helper. I began to look on Craigslist but, I admit, I was very sporadic about it. Our oldest son, who faithfully scours Craigslist for “deals”, emailed me one morning about a great Pyrenees – 8 months old and best of all – she was FREE!

We picked her up the next day!

Snowball has fit right in – after learning to submit to Cotton   😉

Snowball, Cotton and Sprinkles (a shih-poo) play together making quite a funny looking threesome!

While we continue to prune the vineyard, the three dogs provide much entertainment with their shenanigans! One of the funniest things to see is Cotton and Snowball reaching up to eat the raisins off the vines. Since Sprinkles is too short to reach the raisins, we feed them to her.

Snowball is still young and we have only had her for a couple of weeks but she is already part of the family!


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  1. Jeri says

    You got them free???? Amazing for sure. The people we know that have them have paid between 500-1500 per dog! Awesome for you. They are great dogs.

  2. Beth says

    Ahh I live in Georgia an there was a neighborhood dog that was called snowball same breed. He was so amazing. Carefully walked to his favorite homes and establishments. Unfortunately he’s passed, so glad to see another snowball. How wonderful. Gorgeous just gorgeous. Good breed good dogs.

    • says

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, Beth! Snowball is a great dog and very smart – she is definitely doing her part to make our home free and safe from coyotes!

  3. lisa says

    This post is a few years old but I wanted to say grapes are raisins are toxic to dogs. It evidently hasn’t hurt your dogs (yet), but feel free to research the toxicity to them. It’s sad to hear about your Corgi, though.

    • says

      Thanks, Lisa – I have read that about the toxicity of grapes so it is not something we actively feed them but they still absolutely love them! And, so far, thankfully, it has not hurt them.

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