Great Pyrenees Puppies – Sacramento Magazine
Over the years my five children and I have always loved animals. We have had many pets and have saved many small creatures. From newborn goats, sheep, possums, fledglings, rabbits to squirrels that have fallen out of their nests, we’ve got our fair share of baby animals. One of my favorite rescues was to find a jelly-like sack with tiny black dots floating in our swimming pool. Assuming they were eggs, we put them in an aquarium with dechlorinated water. Sure enough tiny tadpoles have appeared. We then fed them cooked lettuce and watched them turn into frogs! Another favorite was to find a cocoon tucked into the side of a rose stem. We left that in a ventilated glass on the windowsill and six months later it was filled with hundreds of tiny praying mantises. It shouldn’t come as a shock that my daughter carries this “caring” behavior into her adult life.
A ninth-generation Sacramentan and a first-year distant vet student at Massey University School of Veterinary Science, my daughter Britt Hurley was on a road trip to the Grand Canyon during the spring break rescuing a beautiful Great Pyrenees. At dusk on April 10th, Britt saw a large white animal, later named Lady, crossing the highway in the middle of the Nevada desert about 20 miles from the nearest town. She followed Lady into the desert and caught up with her where Lady had stopped to eat half a calf carcass.
Britt slowly made friends with Lady and gave her water – which Lady greedily licked up. Finally the Lady rolled onto her back and showed Britt her stomach. Suspecting Lady was pregnant, Britt took the dog in her car and took her to the nearest town, where residents told her that this type of dog is regularly abandoned by ranchers when they can’t keep up with the herd. After verifying that Lady was not microchipped and discovering that she had deep scars around her neck where she might have been chained, Britt drove all night to take Lady to Sacramento and her vet office. An ultrasound on April 11th revealed that Lady was carrying nine viable pups! It was time for Britt to adjust to the unknown.
Although Britt has worked as a veterinary technician for many years and has assisted in cesarean delivery in the veterinary operating room, she has never seen a live natural puppy birth.
The next day, April 12th, Lady went into labor around 7:30 a.m. Over the course of over 12 hours, Britt welcomed nine pups – five boys and four girls. She named each of the all-white pups after a Winnie the Pooh character. All seem to be purebred Pyrenees. For the past six weeks, Britt has raised this litter while studying for the final exams and working part time to pay for the school. I am so proud of my daughter and so impressed that this was a heaven sent miracle for Britt and all the pups. Britt’s lifelong dream was to help animals. At the age of 5 I still see her standing in the middle of our former goat barn in sparkling red party shoes, fancy tights, a frilly dress and tell me that as an adult she wanted to become a breeder. This tender heart’s passion has never faded. And as Britt said after spotting Lady, if she’d driven that stretch of the highway a minute later or a minute earlier, she wouldn’t have seen Lady cross the street. Without water, food or shelter, the pups would certainly not have survived the wilderness.
When I witnessed my daughter’s action during childbirth, I was overwhelmed with hope and love, fear and pride and joy as I watched her dreams come true. With every contraction I was afraid that the next puppy would not make it and my daughter would be crushed, her heart would be broken. It was puppy number 8 that turned our world upside down. She was born motionless and Britt rubbed and nudged her. My heart sank for Britt when she said, “Oh no. This one won’t make it! “More nudging and rubbing and suddenly we heard a squeak. Our tears turned to astonishment as we watched this smallest baby come to life. (That one Britt named Piglet.) I can’t tell you say how this experience was nerve-wracking, intoxicating, heartbreaking and ultimately the most heartwarming gift imaginable. I could only sit back in awe, watch, wait and pray that everything would be fine for Britt, Lady and all the puppies.
It is time for Britt to secure loving, suitable homes for these very happy dogs. This breed of dog is getting very big! (Lady weighed 95 pounds at her first vet check-up, despite starving and looking thin despite having puppies on board.) They shed too. They are known for roaming perimeters, barking at night, and making wonderful watch dogs due to their intimidating attitude towards a stranger. But the Pyrenees are wonderful pets for a suitable and loving home, for people who want a big, beautiful, and gentle dog. To inquire about adoption, text me at (916) 224-1604 or email [email protected] Britt created an application for prospective adoptive parents. The puppies are dewormed, with the first round of vaccination, heartworm prevention and flea and tick prevention, and of course well loved.
I know that one day my daughter will be a very good vet and a very good friend for animals of all shapes and sizes, colors, spots and stripes!
A go-fund me account was set up to cover part of Britt’s costs for the lady and the puppies, including examinations, vaccinations, deworming, heartworm prevention, treatment of Lady’s parasites and any castration. https://gofund.me/bff7a7e0