Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Meet Augustus, our new small pony

It's possible that we adopted a Pyrenees pony puppy this weekend.

Meet Augustus!

The vet says he's 2, but given that he still does that puppy prance thing and has NO idea where all his legs are, we're thinking he's probably closer to a year old.

That's actually a horse-sized muck bucket (used as a water tub), in case you're wondering.

Here's a 60-lb Malamute for comparison.

He and Elias are getting along great - Elias is the boss, and Augustus follows him everywhere and does everything just the same.

Large Malamute on right, Small Pony on left.

Why another dog? Because we're having some issues with coyotes being aggressive, and as Elias gets older (he's 10), he's less and less interested in patrolling and more and more interested in laying in the sunbeams in the barn aisle. Not that there's anything wrong with laying in sunbeams, mind you. Augustus seemed like a good match, so we're giving it a try. He's a bit too interested in the cats and chickens if they're moving, but he also listens very well, especially for a Pyr. There's a lot of training to be done, but he's a good boy and so sweet!

And how can you not love this face?!?!

Many thanks to Texas Pyr Rescue for helping to match us with Augustus!


43 comments:

  1. Sooooooooooooo cute!!!! I love him! Why do you have all the cute animals? :)

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    1. Uh, I'm not the only one. Eliot is like the most adorable thing evar! Next to Simon of course. ;)

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  2. How awesome is that. Hope he works out as a protection against the coyotes.

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    1. The badger markings are pretty cute, I admit!

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  4. Can't wait to see how he does in the pony hunters ;)

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  5. PUPPY! Also, lol @ L.Williams. Agreed. I'll ride him.

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  6. That miniature polar bear should have no probs keeping coyotes at bay.
    What a Babe *swoon*
    ♡♡♡♡

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    1. Oooh, mini polar bear! LOVE it!

      Because we need polar bears in Texas. Obviously.

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  7. i will be very disappointed if we never see pics of that pony in a saddle !!!! congrats on the new addition :)

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    1. He needs about 25 pounds on him (poor guy is so thin under all that hair) but I'm sure we can work something out when he gains some weight. ;)

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  8. What an adorable monster! Plus side? You can use him to check the striding of lines for ze Haffie. ;)

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    1. Monster dog! Yes he is. And yeah, his stride is about half a Haffie. ;)

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  9. D'aww he's so cute!! And ENORMOUS! I'm with L, let's see him jump around a bit :)

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    1. He can barely canter without falling ass-over-teakettle... lets give him a little time to grow into his body before we try agility!

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  10. cutest pony!! Awesome farm dogs!

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    1. They're kind of unconventional farm dogs (I mean, don't we need a corgi?) but they work!

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    1. Good thing too! Saves him when he puts his nose on the countertop!

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  12. I think you may have to get permits to keep exotic animals in Texas. One exotic you might be able to keep hidden, if it were a small one, but a polar bear AND a rhino?

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    1. That's why we keep the rhino in a horse costume and the polar bear in a dog suit. That way nobody will notice!

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  13. long time reader - delurking ....

    What did Augustus think of the horses ? (especially since they are taller than he is).

    M in NC

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    1. Thanks for de-lurking!

      Pyrs tend to be quite submissive - it's how they integrate themselves into the flocks they guard. Augustus is currently very wary of the horses, and we're keeping him on the other side of the fence until we know him a little better and he knows what's expected of him. Eventually, we expect that he will ignore them as they are part of his "flock".

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    1. Haha... "fluffernutter!" A new nickname!

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  15. OMG love Augustus! Congrats on your new pony/puppy :) What a sweet face!

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  16. He's beautiful!! LOVE that breed, we've had quite a few!

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    1. They are a really awesome breed, as long as you're not too much into obedience lol!

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  17. Just for giggles you should stick him to see how many hands he is. :) He's adorable!

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    1. I'll have to do that! Although I think he's butt-high right now...

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  18. Gahhh, I cannot wait until our half Pyr grows up all the way. They are seriously the sweetest, smushiest doggies in the whole wide world. And Augustus is a GREAT name!

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    1. They are SUPER sweet dogs. Smushy? Dunno. Ours won't hold still long enough for smushing. And the nose slime tracks are epic.

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  19. When is a pony puppy old enough to break? He'd be so cute in lead line!! LOL

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    1. He's already leading us around on the longe line...

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    1. Yes, he's a big galumph. But cute!

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  21. What an incredible dog, hope he learns his role well :)

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