Lincoln came to us when he was 8 weeks old. He was a puppy of a non-papered St. Bernard litter that I had found by chance. One of 12 gorgeous pups, I knew from the first 2 minutes of observing them that he was the one to fit perfectly into our family and pack. A confident looking puppy that made great eye contact with me, with a wonderful, strong looking, big boned body type. On our ride home from the breeder he immediately bonded with all family members, and we all felt so happy to have found this amazing puppy.
From day one Lyncoln showed outstandingly natural obedient skills, with a caring character towards every human he met. He seems to look up at everybody, undoubtedly being the gentlest giant dog we have ever had. When I walk in the bush with my pack, Lincoln is always by my side. I know he would give his life to protect me. When we walk in slippery snow, his caring St. Bernard side kicks in and I can hang on to him as he leads me thru slippery sections of the trail.
His elements are the snow and water. He can stay outside happily for long hours, chasing coyotes or just lying in the snow overwatching the fields to make sure everyone is safe. Lyncoln turns 7 in March, he is still fit and healthy and I am hoping for many more wonderful adventures with him.
Facts about the St. Bernard:
The St. Bernard is a Swiss breed. A monastery in the Swiss Alps acquired the first dog in the late 1600’s and bred these large dogs to rescue lost hikers. There are countless tales of the dogs of the hospice monastery rescuing people who got lost in the snow. Back then these dogs would carry a little keg with liquor around their neck to give to the hiker who might be cold. The tale goes, that the monks never actually trained their dogs to rescue, the younger dogs just learned from the older dogs. Today the great Bernard hospice still breeds dogs, however they are not used for rescue anymore. St. Bernard’s are very focused on humans and show a very caring character. They are sensitive dogs and know when someone is in distress. St. Bernard’s come with long and short multi layered coats.
Remy the Catahoula Leopard Dog
Fact about the Catahoula Leopard Dog:
The Catahoula Leopard Dog originated in Louisiana. It is considered both a hunting and herding breed and has been used in the past for both activities. The Catahoula was always bred for temperament and ability and never appearance, so this dog comes in a large variety of colors and patterns, quite often with one blue eye. They are highly intelligent and also very energetic, needing a lot of exercise. Catahoulas can have aggression issues towards other dogs or prey animals and can be very protective. However, with firm leadership and positive reinforcement this can be corrected. The coat is short haired and single layered. The breed is very versatile and can be a perfect family dog as well as a hard working farm or hunting dog. Once you fall in love with a Catahoula you will always have one.
I picked Remy from a full litter, although I didn’t pick him on my first visit. The puppy I first picked was a white skinned and light blue eyed puppy, but my choice didn’t seem suitable due to our sunny, hot climate on our farm. When we went to pick up our puppy, I looked at the litter again and I knew Remy was the one. He was the first non molosser dog we ever had. I educated myself about the Catahoula breed, and knew that they can be challenging when it comes to socializing with cats, chickens or even other dogs. But I loved the challenge and I was fascinated by the breed.
I’ll never forget how he first barked on our drive home. I constantly had to positively reinforce him not to bark as he was very sensitive and energetic at the same time. He has a striking look and is beautiful, with one crystal clear blue eye and one brown.
He was quite challenging as a pup and needed my confident, consistent guidance. Today he is the sweetest, most special dog you can imagine. In fact, he is so sensitive that if someone is in any pain, he acts extremely concerned and won’t let them out of his sight. Remy is sweet ,cuddly, and calm in the house; he is best friends with all our cats, ferrets, and chickens. He is the most amazing coyote hunter and loves playing with Seena (our female Cane Corso) but always respects Lincoln. My husband takes him on weekly long hikes, which seems to be his favorite since he can walk and run forever!
Seena the Cane Corso
I picked Seena from a litter as well. I was in love instantly, had never seen a cuter puppy, and she chose me as well. When we drove home, she already bonded with us and never showed signs of separation anxiety. Seena has lots of energy, is a sweet power bomb, but never actually challenged the pack order which goes: Lyncoln, Remy, then Seena. She loves her toys immensely. When she is excited she picks up a toy, comes to show everyone, and wags her tail shaking her entire body. She is very powerful and also needs daily, firm, and confident leadership. On the walk she shows incredible energy. Around the house and yard she is the perfect guard dog. I have a deep connection with her.
Facts about the Cane Corso:
The Cane Corso (CC) is a mastiff breed originating from Italy. The breed is a bit smaller and less bulky than an English Mastiff, but more agile and just as muscular. The CCs have a large imposing head. Most CCs are black, fawn or some black variations called “blue”. The CC is very powerful and energetic. They are protective and territorial. They make great family dogs, but they need confident, firm, and loving leadership with a lot of exercise to be fulfilled. They love to play and love being around humans. As with any dog, a Cane Corso should not be left alone for a long period of time.