No. 3: Great Pyrenees
This wasn’t a huge surprise but was still interesting to see. I suspect it comes from their breeding as lone guardians of livestock. A Pyre’s job is not to raise alarm, as an urban watchdog would do. It’s to hang around the flock/herd, being calm so as not to spook them, and if a threat like a wolf appeared to kill it, like the Secret Service taking down a threat. Nowhere in that job description does making a lot of noise appear.
Klondike, for his part, continues to get more vocal. I think we are up to maybe ones sound a day on average, not counting loud exhalations when laying down to sleep. I’ve been trying to record his sounds and one day may put up a soundboard. In the meantime, I present: Klon’s Biggest Hits
- A howl, sometimes two, when Mieko goes out. He doesn’t seem nearly a perturbed when I go out, though he will often guard the front door until I come back
- A Scooby Doo like noise of anticipation when waiting to be fed or go out on a walk (though we’ve heard a little less of this recently)
- A bark or bark plus growl. I think we hear this once a week. Today it was directed at a rude and slightly aggressive Husky at the dog park. We’ve also heard it aimed at overbold cats who come in Klon’s yard.