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Dogs are worthy. Unconditional love. Always there for you. Keep secrets. React well to anything you might say, except "BAD DOG! "



Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joy ride.

Allow the experience of fresh air in your face to be pure ecstasy.

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

Let others know when they've invaded your territory.

When it's in your best interest, practice obedience.

Take naps and stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something that you're not.

If what you want lies buried, dig until you find it.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and
nuzzle them gently.

Thrive on attention and let people touch you.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On hot days, drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt
thing and pout.... run right back and make friends.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

by "Lisa L. Sweet"



They work well together.
They work for the good of the pack.
They protect their young and their elders.
They do not kill indiscriminately.
They do not lie, cheat or steal.
They won't spend money redecorating the White House.
They do not read Newspapers, watch TV or give interviews.
Their clothes don't have zippers or pockets.
They don't indulge in fantasies.
They can be NEUTERED!

-from Lou Kavanau


Billdog is the deity in our house. He is not a bulldog, but a Great Pyrenees. This breed is well named, he's large but mellow. Great Pyrenees have a slow metabolism so he fits into our laid-back family well.

Billdog now weighs over 100 pounds. We can no longer weigh him by picking him up and standing on the scale. When we get either a scanner or a digital camera, I'll put some pictures of him in the photo book. My son makes fun of the picture on this page that I drew of Billdog with the paint program. To see what Great Pyrenees really look like, go to the #1 Great Pyrenees link listed below and view some really beautiful dogs!

Billdog went through an obedience class and received a certificate. He learned all the commands without too much trouble, except the command that the instructors said would be a cinch to teach our dogs. As almost an after-thought, the instructors had us teach our dogs to "come" telling us that our dogs would do this naturally, so it would be an easy one. Not so with Billdog! "Come" is not a command he wants to follow, not even with a treat for a bribe. It's a sad, but necessary precaution that he NEVER be unleashed while outside, as we live near busy roads. Contrast this with a woman who lives two blocks away from me and walks past each morning and evening with three UNLEASHED beautiful Greyhounds! She takes them into the nearby park to play and fetch balls. They obey her perfectly. Billdog can sit, stay, down, heel well, but it matters little, for when he's unleashed, off he goes.

Billdog has taken up a new pasttime, digging in the yard. He's definitely got a talent for it too. Those big extra-toed feet can scoop out large holes in minutes. Soon we will need one of those signs in the yard, "FILL WANTED, clean fill only."

Billdog is the only dog I know who likes to go to the vet. He got a chance to go there this month after a pit bull attacked him. He stayed overnight and came home with two drainage tubes protruding from his jaw. He luckily recovered in time to go to the boarding kennel (another place he likes to go) while we went on a planned trip to Chicago. Billdog came home snowy white and well groomed.

Page updated March 2000, 1999