DOG TALES: GARONNE TAKES A
could write, he would have sent his Grandma a postcard like this one which is
found for sale throughout the Pyrenees Mountains. "Bisous" means
Here is a story that a friend of mine told me about that was
published in the latest issue of the Finish Kennel Club magazine. In the
magazine it is 3 pages, so this is the condensed version.
Cassandran Garonne is a
little Pyr Shep from Finland. When he was 4 years old, his owner went away on a
holiday. She lived in Helsinki and took the dog, on the bus (which it was used
to travelling on), to her mother's house 250 km. away. She dropped the dog off
with her mother -who often looked after the dog- and left to go on her holiday.
Apparently this Pyr Shep possessed a "typical" Pyrenean temperament.
He was a little wary of strangers and if pushed may snap at them. And he was
somewhat nervous of strange situations and noises when away from his owner. A
week went by and all was fine. He was used to being at his "Grandmother's"
house. So, when she was out mowing her lawn before a thunderstorm arrived, she
had the dog outside with her. But, along with the lawn being mowed, an
impending thunderstorm in the distance, and the army doing low fly-bys, the Pyr
Shep decided that since he couldn't get in the house, he would just go home.
He went to the bus depot and found the bus that his owner had brought
him on. The bus had been used for three other trips since and also cleaned.
Amazingly enough the little pyr shep found the bus, and the seat his owner had
sat in, and hid under the seat. Eventually the bus loaded up with passengers
and proceeded to make the scheduled trip. On a few of the stops the little dog
would scoot outside and go to the bathroom and run back onto the bus. He quite
happily accepted pats and food from the passengers and on one or two occassions
would run to the front of the bus and look out the window. It wasn't until well
into the trip that the bus driver realized that the dog did not actually belong
to any of the passengers.
Upon arrival at the bus
station of one of their destinations the authorities and passengers made a big
fuss about this amazing little lost dog. He was given food, water and one of
the passengers had made a leash out of wool. Just by chance the owner of the
dog was on another bus in the station to make the trip to her mother's house to
pick up the dog. She heard about the fuss going on about a little lost dog and
being a dog lover got off the bus to investigate. She was stunned to find it
was her dog! She was so surprised that she started to look around for the
"Candid Camera". When she was told about how well behaved her little pyr shep
had been on the bus, she was also surprised.
phoned her mother who was absolutely frantic with worry and had been searching
high and low for the dog. When told the pyr shep was safe with her daughter at
the bus station she wouldn't believe it. It wasn't until her son-in-law got on
the phone and convinced her of the story that she really believed the dog was
And they all lived happily ever after.