Puppy Update: He’s Now “Beast Dog”

About a year ago I wrote a post about our new puppy, a Great Pyrenees/Lab mix. (Click here for the post)

Here’s a refresher picture, taken the day we got him. He was five weeks old and weighed six pounds.

Then, four months later he looked like this…

The bone is over three feet long, and he carries it around like it's nothing.

The bone is over three feet long, and he carries it around like it’s nothing.

It was then that I wrote another post, about how he’d saved me from an overzealous man who was yelling at me while I waited for the school bus to drop off my twins. (Click here for the post) Quick summary of that day, puppy was only four months old but already close to sixty pounds. He was losing his baby teeth so his mouth was bloody, which made him look a whole lot more scary that he really was. The guy contemplated his options for a bit, took a few looks at my rearing puppy with missing teeth and bloody froth in his mouth, and walked away.

Now he’s a year old, and looks like this.

Huge Dog

Yep, he’s lying on our Queen sized bed and you can see that his back feet are off one edge, and when he lays across it his nose hangs off the other side. Queen sized beds are sixty inches wide, or five feet, so that gives a good indication of how tall he is. As far as weight? Since the scale at the dog washing place won’t hold him, and he hates the one at the vet’s office, we don’t know his exact weight, but we estimate it’s between 100-110.

When he runs through the house it sounds like a horse is loose, and when he gets going sometimes he doesn’t stop fast enough (we have laminate floors throughout our house) and I’m seriously concerned that one day he’ll put a hole in the drywall because he’s so strong.

You’d think that given his beastly size he’d be a big tough meanie, but he’s the exact opposite. The cat on the bed behind him rules the house and he’s just along for the ride. And our eight-year-old twins are his best friends. Just yesterday I said this to them…”The dog is not your bed.”…because they think it’s great fun to lay on him when they watch TV or do their homework. They say he’s “snuggly and warm”. When our twins play in a room with the door closed he lays outside of it, softly moaning his complaints of separation from them. It would be funny if he wasn’t so sad that he can’t be with them.

He’s great with kids, a fantastic protector, and a wonderful companion.

What about you? What is your family pet like?Β 

15 thoughts on “Puppy Update: He’s Now “Beast Dog”

  1. Well Christi, I don’t have a pet. I might think about getting a recycled “pet rock” …but there’s no way a living, breathing creature who needs tender loving care is walking through my door. However, I love, love, love, everyone else’s pets. I had them and got a big old lab for my daughter … but now I don’t even want to think about goldfish.

    Your two pets are so adorable … especially the big guy πŸ™‚

    • Florence,

      I think a decorative pet rock is in order. Every summer my twins and I each pick a perfect rock and paint them. Right now last year’s are resting at the end of the driveway; boy twin did a spider and girl twin did a fairy house.

      Perhaps we’ll need to send you next year’s creativity so you can have a pet too πŸ™‚


    • Raj,

      He’s cute until he pulls the used coffee filter out of the garbage and makes a run through the house. It’s his favorite game, except for yesterday when he ate half a cake that was on the kitchen counter.

      It really isn’t ever boring at my house πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for visiting. Do you have pets?


    • S,

      Our cat is feisty and has no qualms about sitting on her back feet and boxing him in the nose. It’s hilarious to see because he outweighs her by 90+ pounds and she still takes him on.

      We call her “Secret Ninja” because she seems like a lazy cat who sleeps all day, but then she’ll do something surprisingly awesome like climb a tree and sit on our gazebo, and then when the hubby stands on the ladder and reaches for her, she just launches into the air instead of going to him.

      And she scares stray cats from our yard in cartoon-like fights where all we see is a cloud of dust and cat arms and legs rolling around. She’s won every time, and still has intact ear and tail tips to prove her awesomeness πŸ™‚

      Thanks for visiting!


      • Hi Christi,

        This story made my day! Thank you! Reminds me of our one cat who just glances at our dogs and they cower away with their tails between their legs. It’s so funny. I think there’s a secret cat mafia who keep the dogs in line. And I think “Secret Ninja” is a great code name πŸ™‚

        Great blog! Good luck with everything and thanks again for the entertaining story. I love it!!


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  3. We are considering adopting a lab and Pyrenees mix. He’s a puppy right now but we are concerned about him being able to jump our fence when he’s big. Does your dog jump at all? Any issues with jumping fences?

    • I’m sitting with my husband and we’re considering your question, and think that a more realistic worry would be him knocking the fence over just by running into it …yep, he’s that big πŸ˜€

      When he was still a puppy (he’s now two years old and about 100 pounds) I was worried that he was going to knock a hole in our hallway wall. He’d run down the hall as fast as possible and then skid into the wall (we have laminate floors and no carpets).

      He also likes to sit in our lawn chairs, and broke the arm off one of them because he’s huge.

      He’s a gentle giant and we love him so much. He’s GREAT with our kids, and the cat, and our family and friends. He doesn’t try to jump over the fence, however when he does get interested in something (cat, possums, raccoons) that are walking on top of the fence, he’ll stand on his back legs and can easily see the top of the fence (It’s six feet tall). He also can just rest his head on the kitchen counter and has an unfortunate fondness for eating butter straight from the dish πŸ™‚

      I highly recommend getting the breed, and would love to hear how it goes. If you want to send me an email at christicorbett@gmail.com I can send you some pictures and tell you more info.

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