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Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Re: Brutus & Me
« on: November 03, 2008, 08:32:53 am »
Ah-ha!  I spot another parrot person! Aren't they great?

Leonberger Pictures / Re: Halloween-Leo the Lion and his Leo
« on: November 02, 2008, 05:44:18 pm »
Too cute!!! It's nice to see I'm not the only one with a huge dog and small children.  Some people think we are completely nuts for having animals and small children at once - too much work, I guess? 
Your little Leo looks a little like my little boy, Gabe, who dressed up like a lion last year! He was a firefighter this year.


Introduce Yourself to the Forum / Brutus & Me
« on: November 02, 2008, 03:05:49 pm »
Hi everyone!
I'm new here and I would like to introduce my very special dog to everyone.  His name is Brutus, though he also respond to Brew, Brew Master, Boo, & Bruce - which is what our 2 year old son calls him.  Brutus is a mixed breed dog with 50% being great pyrenees, 25% irish wolfhound, & 25% st bernard.  All of that being said, I guess he is our Irish Saint Byrenees.  As are many mixed breed dog, Brutus was an accident but let me explain to you why this accident means something extra special to me and my family. 

In 2005, one of my best girlfriends had the opportunity to rescue some very special dogs - a pure bred irish wolfhound that had been abused and neglected and her 10 puppies!  The puppies were not pure bred irish wolfhounds though as a free roaming pure bred st bernard who lived next door had access to her while she was in heat. My husband and I had just moved into our own home and we were looking for a puppy to adopt, so I was very excited to hear about the puppies, who would be available for adoption.  My girlfriend kept the mother and one of the puppies for herself and my family also adopted one of the puppies.  He looked mostly irish wolfhound but he had that beautiful saint bernard coloring complete with the while forehead stripe.  We named him Barron and this dog was my baby.  I took him to work with me every day and we worked on training from an early age.  We kept up to speed with some of the other families who owned the puppies and took them to the dog park for play dates. 

About a year after adopting Barron, my husband and I made a heartbreaking decision to give Barron to another couple who already had one of his siblings.  Barron had really bonded with his wolfhound "pack" (we think because the puppies stayed together for a long time before being adopted out) and we felt that Barron was more happy with his sibling than alone with us.  It was fantastic to watch Barron grow with his new family and he soared to new levels of love and happiness.  Still we were heartbroken to have given up our giant sweetheart and not a day went by that I did not think about my sweety. 

Several months ago I got a phone call from my girlfriend who informed me that one of the original Irish Saint mixes was being surrendered back to her as the owner had to move out of state.  I was thrilled at the chance to adopt another one of these dogs and had never dreamed that I would have the priveledge to live with another one of these amazing animals again. I was crushed when the owner did not show up to his appointment and then terminated his telephone service, leaving no way for us to reach him.  My dream had faded just as quickly as it had come about. 

Less than a week later I saw an ad for an irish wolfhound mix that was up for adoption from a local rescue group and had my hopes up that this was Barron's sibling.  The dog had belonged to the same owner who was going to surrender Barron's sibling but it wasn't an irish saint. We discovered that this new dog, named Brutus, was the irish saint's son (Barron's nephew) and he had been abandoned in a trailor home and left for dead. 

So years later we have finally connected with this special pack again.  We are so honored to have the nephew of our original dog and are enjoying every minute of him.  Brutus was not socialized and does have some behavioral issues that we are really hoping to correct with help.  He does submissive peeing when he is afraid or when he sees someone new and he spooks easily.  He loves other dogs but is wary of people he doesn't know.  I have been trying to avoid putting him in uncomfortable situations as much as possible for now as we are still building trust with him, but I took him to the dog park today and he did fantastic - even allowed everyone to touch him.

Here are some photos of Brutus:


Here are a few photos of our original dog, Brew's uncle, Barron:



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