Wild Moon Cottage is a small working homestead in the pristine Ozark Mountains. We have dairy goats, poultry, organic herb and vegetable gardens, a start of a tiny fruit orchard, several black walnut trees, wild berries and fields of wildcrafting goodness. We raise our own milk, our own eggs, much of our own medicine and food. I do laundry by hand, make my own vinegar, candles, soap, bread, cheese ........ For a living I am an artist and herbalist. My goal for myself and our homestead is to be as self sufficient and self sustaining as possible.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Leader, the big white love bear

About 2 weeks ago a friend, Mitzi, emailed and offered me a possible wonderful gift. The act of offering was as much a gift as was what she offered. The offering was the opportunity to meet their 1.5 yr old Pyrenees, Leader, and see if he wanted to live with us. It was a very hard thing for the family, they loved him very much. But I think it's that love that made him the perfect homestead guardian for us. He came to us gently and lovingly, with kindness and patience. A path he learned from his first family.

We've had him since Sunday and in that time he healed wounds I didn't even realize I had, leftover from the dog attack incident. He stayed in the dog pen for the first few nights but last night he stayed out all night. that was the big test. To see if he belonged with us enough to stay of his own will. And he did :) :) :) I heard him bark a few times in the night but nothing drastic. When we went out for morning chores he greeted us with love eyes and a smile.

A hen ate from his bowl with him (bloody hen) and he never protested at all. Raspberry the cat came right up to him the first day not realizing he was new, Leader sniffed him a bit but didn't care. Raspberry's tail puffed up 5 times it's size when he realized. Today raspberry was playing with Leaders wagging tail.

What magic love is. How incredibly blessed we are. Words are not enough to say how thankful we are to (((((((((((( The Mitzi Family )))))))))))) but ... Thank You, so very, very much. You did not give us a dog, you gave us a faithful, trusted and beloved companion and guardian.

5 comments:

Marisa said...

Now that's what I call a real dog!!!
Lucky you.

June said...

Juli an Nik, So happy you have a wonderful new friend an helper he looks like he will keep everything safe an I know this is a load off of your mind.Friends are such a blessing an are there when we need them the most. Enjoy your new big boy.
June

the wild magnolia said...

What a precious protector, he is love itself, I am so happy for you!!!!

A wonderful blessing, I love him too!

Thank you for sharing!

Our Farm said...

How wonderful for you to have an LGD! GPs are wonderful dogs. I have one GP & one GP/Kom cross. LGDs bark all night long it seems. But, I hear it as a lullaby. They're announcing their presence to all who would be a danger to their charges. "Don't bother hunting here! You will not succeed! You will be made to be sorry! There be DOGS here!!!"

They are so loving and so patient. They'll let their young charges play "King of the Mountian" on top of them. They also serve as hurdles for the babies to jump over & they are wonderful to snuggle up against when mom is away.
They are indeed, great big, white, Love Bears!

Our Farm said...

How wonderful for you to have an LGD! GPs are wonderful dogs. I have one GP & one GP/Kom cross. LGDs bark all night long it seems. But, I hear it as a lullaby. They're announcing their presence to all who would be a danger to their charges. "Don't bother hunting here! You will not succeed! You will be made to be sorry! There be DOGS here!!!"

They are so loving and so patient. They'll let their young charges play "King of the Mountian" on top of them. They also serve as hurdles for the babies to jump over & they are wonderful to snuggle up against when mom is away.
They are indeed, great big, white, Love Bears!