T is for Thor (Akbash Rescue)

And since I missed last weeks Alphabe-Thursday…. S is for Spay (and neuter) your pets.   Last week my son and I took a trip to another Icelandic Sheep breeders farm to pick up two more ewes and to exchange one of our rams for one her rams.  We also went to pick out a Pyrenees or Akbash guard dog.  You see Twila, bless her heart, picked up and found homes for over 30 Pyr/Akbash dogs.  A lady had picked up a couple Pyrs and Akbash dogs to protect her flock of sheep and was under the impression that only the alpha male and female would breed…well 30 puppies later she had a serious problem.  Most of these dogs had very little human contact, where thin and all sorts of problems.  Twila knew we had children so she picked out 3 of gentlest guys for us to look at and see if we would give one a try.

A scared Thor...

Twila had picked out 2 Akbash and a Pyrenees for us to look at.  She told us before we even saw the dogs she knew which one we would choose.  And she was right, this guy was scared but friendly from the get-go.  It was quite a sad and maddening thing to see these poor dogs quivering in fear.  We had quite a time trying to get him  from the stable where he was temporarily housed to the back of our pick-up, but with much patience and coaxing, Thor made it.

Isn't he just the saddest looking dog?

Twila and her crew saying their good-bye's.

The other passengers going home with us...

Now for a few pictures of our travels up to Twila’s.  Did I mention she lives many miles back on a single lane logging road, out in the middle of no-where, off-grid?  The last time we were up there we were certain we must be lost and were going to be pulling into some militia hide-out, in the middle of winter.  This time I felt a bit more confident about where we were heading but had to do the driving, which I hate doing.  The road was muddy and a bit slippery in place and very bumpy.  So bumpy in-fact we broke our rack and had to stop and repair it…

Sawyer doing a quick fix job.

Blackfoot, the ram we traded.

The side of the road. I was afraid we slide down.

The view of the mountains on the way back down.

We made it home very late that night, so we unloaded the ram and the ewes and left Thor in the back of the pick-up, safe and secure.  The next day we introduced him to Dugur and the ewes.  It wasn’t until he jumped out of the back and stood next to Dugur did I realize just how big Thor was..

Dugur with Thor

Dugur weighs in at 110 lbs,  not a small guy.  I have no idea what Thor weighs but he’s big!  Dugur and Thor had a few very minor altercations and seemed to settle into the role of Thor being the alpha with Dugur as his side-kick.  Thor was very relaxed around the sheep and the chickens, thank Heaven, we were unsure how he would be with the winged critters.


Dolce Bacchus, the new handsome ram.

Beautiful face...

Happiness at his new home!

Thor was pretty bashful the first couple of days, hiding out in the sheds.  But he is gradually warming up to us and is proving that these dogs are wonderful!  Such a testament to the breed.

Bambi, a moorit badgerface ewe. One of the new ewes.

The ewes are settling in well too!

Alice or Ali for short...

Thor waits for me by the gate, in the morning.  He loves to be scratched and loved on.  He jumps back and cowers  when the gate clanks or if you have a shovel or pitchfork.

Waiting patiently...

We’ve slowly introduced the kids to him and he seems really happy around them.

Tori and Thor

Please remember if you are looking to add a Pyrenees or Akbash to your family, consider adoption.  There are literally hundreds of these beautiful dogs in shelters across the nation waiting for homes.  Please look here…

National Great Pyrenees Rescue

and here…

Akbash Rescue

if you are considering a livestock guardian dog or a 4-legged friend.  And please spay or neuter your pets.

Happy boy...

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Rural Thursday #11


18 comments on “T is for Thor (Akbash Rescue)

  1. jfb57 says:

    What a great name for a super dog. He is certainly going to make his mark but not with war thank goodness!

  2. Maggie says:

    What a wonderful heartwarming story, so glad that for Thor at least there was a happy ending. But what of his siblings?
    He had such sad eyes at the beginning I was so pleased to see him looking happy and at home by the end.
    Happy A-T.

  3. Linda says:

    Your dog story breaks my heart, but I’m so happy to see that one has found a happy safe forever home! Coming over to you from jenny’s t party. You have an amazing life and beautiful children. Linda

  4. Cathy Kennedy says:

    I absolutely love all the photos you included in your T-post. I definitely will be making a repeat visit to your blog in the future. Thanks for sharing!

    Liking up via Alphabe-Thursday! Come by to read today’s post: Trouble

  5. Pat says:

    What a wonderful story! I’m glad Thor found a home with your family. He’s a beautiful dog.

  6. Erika says:

    More people need to read this post especially the part of getting their pets neutered/spayed. I cannot tell you how many strays we have and our zip code qualifies for the free service!

    Gorgeous photos and Thor is precious.


  7. Maggie, his siblings and parents all found homes. With Twila taking 5 of the worst “head-cases” as she called them, I am hopeful the rest are as happy as Thor.

  8. Thanks everyone. He is a wonderful boy. 🙂

  9. Sue Anderson says:

    A touching story…and terrific photos!


  10. your dog story makes me tear up! so glad that for thor was a happy ending.

    i love, love love your shots, every single one, and that ram is just adorable!

    thanks for this heartwarming post! have a great rest of the week.

  11. Love your ram pic!

    So glad you were able to provide a home for Thor. May he have many happy years with you!

  12. awww, so cute. Thor is huge. what a big tall doggie. i’m so fond of “alice” … such a cute one. (:

  13. Anita says:

    I’m so grateful for people who run animal rescues. There are so many animals that are neglected and need loving homes because of people who breed them irresponsibly…not to mention people who acquire animals and then neglect them. Lovely photos. Lovely animals.

  14. Nancy says:

    A lovely post. I’m so happy for Thor that he found you and you found him… gorgeous boy!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Rural Thursdays. Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. storybeader says:

    what beautiful animals. Thor reminds me of a lab – we’ve had some of those. But he is large! And the ram is so majestic! I’m wondering, why was he so frightened at his other home? The other dogs? {:-D

  16. I had such a range of emotions when I was reading this. Anger at people who treat animals so poorly out of ignorance or greed or neglect…pride that there are still people who do the right thing…even though it’s not easy…excitement to learn of people still willing to live their dream…even though it can’t be easy.

    I really loved this terrific post.

    The pictures were amazing…bless you for your kindness…

    And bravos for living your life in such an examplary fashion.


    You are cool.


  17. […] To read more about Thor’s story click here to T is for Thor (Akbash Rescue). […]

  18. Michael says:

    This is really funny, I adopted an akbash puppy from the rescue and his name is also Thor:



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