Introducing Winifred…


Today … we did something we thought we never would do …


Yes …


We added a puppy to our family.
I know what you’re thinking {Crazy?! Don’t I have enough to clean up after?!} – but this is no ordinary puppy.




She’s a Great Pyrenees – which means, she’s a Livestock Guardian dog, a mountain dog, bred to protect, bred to work, they are known to be brave when needed,  they are strong willed, gentle, confident, fearless, patient and affectionate. I’ve even read articles where they have taken on bears and coyotes to protect a herd of their family. In fact, this little puppy’s father (who we met) had recently killed two coyotes on the farm where he lives …


So this little puppy … she has a job. Well, first she has to grow, grow, grow, which no doubt she will do so quickly. We got a young dog as they would need to grow up with the animals and children they are to protect.



Since moving here, we have lost three chickens, one duck and a bunny to predators. To be humbly honest, I am often a bit scared at night when we have to go out in the dark and put away the chickens and ducks. We’ve even seen coyotes in our yard and that was before having all these tasty chickens and ducks on our property.  And with all these beautiful little children running around outside most of the day, I’d love to feel a bit more secure and safe with a guardian dog by their side…



Of course, the girls are in love, especially the three older ones … it is nice to have their extra helping hands as they take care of our newest addition.






We think we have settled on the name Winnifred {Winnie for short}, which means peaceful guardian. We’re trying it out for 24 hours to see if we think the name suits her …


I have to admit, she’s pretty cute. Let’s hope she lives up to her breed’s reputation.




October 4, 2014 - 8:49 am

Cassy U got yourself a polar bear very cute miss u guys

September 29, 2014 - 9:29 pm

Kristina Winifred is one of our potential baby names! Lol! Congratulations, she looks like a really fun addition to your busy household.

September 27, 2014 - 8:31 am

Claire Congratulations! I have always loved these dogs! They are amazing. What a beautiful loyal companion for your family. What a lucky puppy to have found her home with you.

September 27, 2014 - 8:27 am

Cassandra Awwwww…. so sweet. Your photos are just breath taking. Winnie looks very precious… praying she is a peaceful-guardian for your family… And her name reminds me of Winnie from Tuck Everlasting who was an energetic, adventurous, noble and brave character. Still wishing we lived closer to each other… we could introduce our chickens… I’m sure they’d hit it off… xo Cass @ TheUnpluggedFamily

September 25, 2014 - 4:43 am

Chris McCoy Oh the L’s will all be in heavenly bliss! She is just lovely! Great choice for breed! I can just picture future winter pictures of Winnie and the girls…I’m sure one of them will figure out how to teach her to pull a sled around 🙂 let this wonderful adventure begin! 🙂

September 24, 2014 - 6:07 pm

I’ve also heard that Great Pyrenees dogs are great worker dogs, and are excellent guardian dogs. What an excellent addition to your homesteading family 🙂

September 24, 2014 - 1:40 pm

Tracy Nevin OMG She is soooooooooooooooooo cute! Love her! We also got a dog in March. Little Minnie! I am so in love Gillian you would laugh!


September 24, 2014 - 9:47 am

Maike This is amazing – it’s exactly what’s still missing. Well besides the cow, cat, sheep/goats. But a dog is so much: a real family member, playmate for the children, tear dryer, and yours even protects the farm (hopefully). Another family member that needs homeschooling. I grew up with dogs myself and don’t regret it at all. <3