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Waco the Wonder Dog - Best Great Pyrenees Ever

Updated on March 21, 2014

My first Great Pyrenees truly was a Wonder Dog

Waco is my first Great Pyrenees dog and he's a gorgeous 130 pound house-dog who easily stretches out into a giant soft body pillow. His coat is white and remains that way no matter the weather. A few good shakes and the dirt is gone. When I glance out the kitchen window and see him standing among the bushes and trees, I have to pause and stare. The image is so striking with the contrast of his brilliant white against the greenery.

Great Pyrenees are known to have a bark now and then and Waco does his share of talking to the wind but as a rule he's pretty quiet. A sweet-tempered boy who is happy to have a home, he loves playing with the rest of the pack--all five of them.

Waco Wearing his Wonder Dog Cape

Waco Wearing his Wonder Dog Cape ~RIP Sweet Waco - July 29, 2012
Waco Wearing his Wonder Dog Cape ~ RIP Sweet Waco - July 29, 2012

Waco's Story: Rescued from a Hoarder

Imagine a large dog stuffed in a small house with 50+ dogs and cats

Waco the Wonder Dog came into my life by way of The Texas Great Pyrennes Rescue (TGPYR) chapter in College Station. So you could say he's an Aggie by way of his adoption by his foster parents-you'll notice they made an Aggie maroon cape for him. Animal control in Dallas had pulled him out of an animal hoarding situation. He was then further rescued by the TGPYR Dallas chapter.

At some point Waco earned his stellar name Waco the Wonder Dog. Someone told me it was for "whacko" but no one knows for sure. He then traveled the Texas highways from Dallas to Amarillo to Houston and finally College Station. When he acquired his cape with the giant "W" it ensured his Wonder Dog status forever. As a closet Superman fan, how could I resist? I had to meet this big white dog.

Vikk Simmons - Great Pyrenees, Waco the Wonder Dog
Vikk Simmons - Great Pyrenees, Waco the Wonder Dog

How Waco and I Met In the Land of A&M

The Texas Great Pyrenees Rescue Group played matchmaker

In 2007 I lost my beloved lab, Beau, a striking Labrador Retriever who was a prince among dogs. Beau was one of those deep golden Labs with a huge chest and perfectly-formed head. Even better, Beau had a personality and attitude that endeared him to everyone. His death left a gaping hole in my heart. Enter Waco.

The emptiness left by Beau left me trolling the Internet in search of a big dog. I had Riley and Teddy and Freddie but I still longed for a LARGE dog that I could wrap my arms around. One day I stumbled across a breeder's site that featured Great Pyrenees. I'd never heard of them. The more I read, the more I wanted to actually see one. I began an online search and eventually found Waco. He had just been transferred to College Station, Texas outside of Houston.

I called and went through the approval process. Then I was allowed to meet him. It was December 2, 2007. We met at a dog park in the Woodlands outside of Houston. He had his reindeer antlers on and was charming everyone. I swear he smiled at me when we met. :) I took him home that day.

Take the time to get to know your rescue dog - Great help for building a a bond with any dog, not just rescue or shelter dogs.

Bonding with Your Rescue Dog: Decoding and Influencing Dog Behavior (Dog Training and Dog Care Series Book 1)
Bonding with Your Rescue Dog: Decoding and Influencing Dog Behavior (Dog Training and Dog Care Series Book 1)

Want to know your dog better? Want your dog to know you/? Spend time using the tools and techniques offered in this book.


A Closer Look at Waco the Wonder Dog - Pet adoption day for the Great Pyrenees who meets his new family

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Adoption Day December 2, 2007. We meet Waco to take him home.Waco adapting to his new home.Waco with Teddy, the Shih Tsu and Freddie, the Maltese.Sweet Waco the Wonder Dog, the Great Pyrenees
Adoption Day December 2, 2007. We meet Waco to take him home.
Adoption Day December 2, 2007. We meet Waco to take him home.
Waco adapting to his new home.
Waco adapting to his new home.
Waco with Teddy, the Shih Tsu and Freddie, the Maltese.
Waco with Teddy, the Shih Tsu and Freddie, the Maltese.
Sweet Waco the Wonder Dog, the Great Pyrenees
Sweet Waco the Wonder Dog, the Great Pyrenees

Waco's Early Days After Adoption

Working to ease the impact of having lived with a hoarder

Great Pyrenees are working dogs and often guard livestock. After the adoption, we stopped at a local pet store and I bought him his own fleece stuffed lamb. His foster parents had said he didn't seem to have a Pyr's guardian instinct but I figured what the heck. He could play with the little lamb. That night I gave him a long body massage and a good raking to calm him down. With three other dogs in the house, I wanted to make sure he was relaxed and felt comfortable.Each dog was introduced individually to Waco with me making it obvious that they were under my protection and "mine" and he was "mine, now too" to the them.

At the vet's Waco passed his new dog exam with flying colors. The vet said he was about 2 years old. and commented on his huge feet. However, none of the vets he's seen think he will ever grow into a full-sized Great Pyrenees because of the malnutrition he suffered from the hoarding situation. So I guess he's a bit like a Great Pyrenees but pony size. I love my big "compact" Pyr. He had and continues to have a sweet tempermentt and just wants to be loved. It's no wonder after his earlier life. He'd literally been starved of any human attention and affection and lived in a space crowded with other animals. In spite of his early life history, Waco eased into our family life without any major issues. .

Waco's singing "It's a Wonderful Life"

Waco is guardian but not to sheep. Check out his pack.

Today Waco's life is full of love. He's been with us three years and there's no end to the magic he brings to all who meet him. He's readily taken the new dogs under his giant paws and he and little Charlie the Pug have a special big brother-little brother relationship.

Charlie follows Waco everywhere. If Waco goes out, Charlie runs after him. It's easy to find the Pug. Look for the big white mass moving through the yard. Charlie's that little dark shadow trailing behind.

Happy Days for Waco the Wonder Dog - Great Pyrenees dogs know how to enjoy life

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Waco and Charlie play circus. Guess who's the lion tamer?Waco and Charlie reseting on Waco's mat.Waco enjoying the dog park.Waco playing and laughing, really.Waco on the daybed with Riley, the Cocker Spaniel.Waco loving Christmas 2010Waco and HoneyBun together.Waco and Charlie at training.Waco and Charlie resting.
Waco and Charlie play circus. Guess who's the lion tamer?
Waco and Charlie play circus. Guess who's the lion tamer?
Waco and Charlie reseting on Waco's mat.
Waco and Charlie reseting on Waco's mat.
Waco enjoying the dog park.
Waco enjoying the dog park.
Waco playing and laughing, really.
Waco playing and laughing, really.
Waco on the daybed with Riley, the Cocker Spaniel.
Waco on the daybed with Riley, the Cocker Spaniel.
Waco loving Christmas 2010
Waco loving Christmas 2010
Waco and HoneyBun together.
Waco and HoneyBun together.
Waco and Charlie at training.
Waco and Charlie at training.
Waco and Charlie resting.
Waco and Charlie resting.
oppossum, midnight intruder
oppossum, midnight intruder

Dog Walking and Training in the Neighborhood

Many have never seen the Great Pyrenees breed before

Cars slow down, heads turn when Waco and I walk the neighborhood streets. It's not because of me. Waco is a gorgeous dog. Think of a giant puff of snow moving elegantly down the street. He's a striking dog, all 130 pounds, and his coat glistens in the sun. We love to walk.

While we walk, we practice our training. I run him through his paces. By the time we're through we've both had our exercise. Sometimes Charlie the Pug or one of the other dogs tags along.Every now and then I take the group out together. Now that's a sight.

Of all the dogs, Waco is the least excitable--unless you count those incidents with a couple of local opossums or the stray cats. Then he might have a few things to say. Of course, I'm not sure the opossums have seen anything like Waco, either.

White Eye Lashes

Waco's eyelashes look like they're dusted with snow.

Waco's Got His Very Own 6-Pack! - Yep, we've gone to the dogs - six and counting

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Riley, Freddie, Teddy and WacoWaco, Teddy and FreddieWaco and RileyCharlie and HoneyBunSleepy CharlieBright-eyed FreddieIt's-all-mine TeddyTeddy and HoneyBun
Riley, Freddie, Teddy and Waco
Riley, Freddie, Teddy and Waco
Waco, Teddy and Freddie
Waco, Teddy and Freddie
Waco and Riley
Waco and Riley
Charlie and HoneyBun
Charlie and HoneyBun
Sleepy Charlie
Sleepy Charlie
Bright-eyed Freddie
Bright-eyed Freddie
It's-all-mine Teddy
It's-all-mine Teddy
Teddy and HoneyBun
Teddy and HoneyBun

Waco's List of Favorite Things Makes for a Happy Dog

Waco highly recommends these items and asks that you please keep reading to the very end.

Waco's Favorite Dog Chews - Good for Teeth - Every big dog should have a bedtime snack

Waco loves these dog chews. Every night when he goes to bed he gets a dog chew, ice cubes, and biscuits. (Naturally he loves to go to bed.) If I forget the chew, he stands at the bedroom gate and waits. He won't go to his crate or relax until I've given him one. It's his one active domineering act. .

C.E.T. HEXtra Premium Oral Hygiene Chews with Chlorhexidine, Extra-Large Dogs, 30 Chews
C.E.T. HEXtra Premium Oral Hygiene Chews with Chlorhexidine, Extra-Large Dogs, 30 Chews

I learned about this brand from our vet and was really happy to find them on Amazon at great savings. They come in all sizes for all the dogs.


Waco the Wonder Dog Loves the FURminator - A big dog's delight is having his owner use a good shedding tool

These are the BEST the market has to offer when it comes to getting rid of all that hair--and believe me I should know. I tried any number of grooming tools before a friend who works for a groomer told me about the FURminators and how they rely on them. These are wonderful and Waco likes nothing better than to stretch out on the floor and have a full-body comb-out. From his state of bliss, I'd say he's in heaven.

Every Dog Needs A Den of His Own - These Midwest dog crates are safe, tough, and easy to clean.

Waco is happy to go to his crate and take a time out from the rest of the crew. In the evening he has free access to his crate and goes in and out as he pleases.

MidWest 48" iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate w/ Divider Panel, Floor Protecting "Roller" Feet & Leak-Proof Plastic Tray; 48L x 30W x 33H Inches, XL Dog Breed
MidWest 48" iCrate Folding Metal Dog Crate w/ Divider Panel, Floor Protecting "Roller" Feet & Leak-Proof Plastic Tray; 48L x 30W x 33H Inches, XL Dog Breed

These are top-of-the line crates that are well-made, strong, and easy to clean. All the dogs have one of their own and love them.


Waco lounges on his favorite mat with HoneyBunn

Waco lounges on his favorite mat with HoneyBunn
Waco lounges on his favorite mat with HoneyBunn

Waco Enjoys His New Pad - A pet pad or mat is perfect for resting, training, and time-outs

I picked up a couple of these a few months ago and Waco fell in love with this one--even though it's not the one suggested for his size. He loves to curl up. Sometimes he rolls and plays on it. We also practice "mat" training and it's worked out perfectly. The pad can be used in a crate but Waco likes his out in the middle of the den where he can keep a watchful eye over his siblings. As it turns out, the little dogs pile onto it and often sleep together--sometimes even tucked next to Waco.

MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed for Dogs & Cats
MidWest Deluxe Bolster Pet Bed for Dogs & Cats

These are well-made pads that are easy to keep clean--machine washable I really like Mid-west products.


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Waco wants to hear from you. Love Pyrs? - So do I.

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      TanoCalvenoa 4 years ago

      I love the picture with huge dog and tiny dog.

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      wordpress-guru 4 years ago

      nice lens

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 4 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      You're so lucky to have a Pyr! My own dog is half Pyr, but he got all the calmness.

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      Waco looks like a real sweetheart. I enjoyed reading his story. Angel blessings.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Your dogs look wonderful. Thank you for bringing in rescue dogs. Wish you the best.

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      Mamabyrd 5 years ago

      Waco may you rest in Peace, always have fresh water to drink, bones to chew and angels to scratch your ears! your momma is really going to miss you!

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Wow what a gorgeous dog! I love these Pyrennes, there are several that live in our neighborhood. I love your collection of doggies, especially the Maltese Honey Bun...very cute. I'm glad you rescued Waco and took him into your life.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I loved reading this wonderful story about Waco--I wish I could give him a great big hug! Great lens!

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Congrats on your Purple Star! Kind of you to adopt such a wonderful big dog!

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      OMG, I love Waco. My daughter has a female Pyr called Indy and she is also a joy. Weighs just 120 and a love. They are wonderful dogs. So nice you rescued Waco. My sister used to have an Australian sheepdog named Waco.

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      What a great lens. Sounds like he's a fabulous addition to your family!

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      teachersolutions 6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about Waco. Having had Pyrs myself, I know they are the most loyal and have the best temperament of all dogs. Thanks for sharing your story.

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      jp1978 6 years ago

      Waco's bigger than I am! I love dogs and cats.

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      ladyquestra 6 years ago

      Waco is beautiful. I have a 3 year old Pyr and he is the best companion ever. Waco looks like he has a kind, loving soul just like my Loki. What a great rescue story, Waco is as lucky to have found you as you are to have found him.

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      BuckHawkcenter 6 years ago

      Great story of a great rescue! Waco the Wonder Dog sure has lived up to his name. Adding to the Best of Pet Rescue on Squidoo, to help showcase your great story and to bring attention to the Rescue Group that brought you two together.

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Ahhhh! So adorable!!

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      Jeanette 6 years ago from Australia

      What a lovely story. So glad you two got together! And congratulations on your well deserved purple star.

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      Beas 6 years ago

      I love dogs. I can see your Waco is really sweet dog. He reminds me of the dog of my ex.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      I truly enjoyed my visit here today. Buba our half Pyrenees and Shepherd mix sounds so much like Waco. Great attitude, just because of size heads turn and oh so loving as the day is long. My Angel Blessing today is SWAH :)

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      What a wonderful story! I was just thinking that Misha (7 1/2 lbs) is about the size of your dogs nose. LOL Great Lens!

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      @SusannaDuffy: Uh, and he's the compact size. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Congrats on your purple star. Wonderful dog lens.

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      A very well told story about this wonderful dog. Waco is lucky to have you, and/or vice versa? Your own photos and stories really add personality and a unique perspective. Well done!

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      claudiax3 6 years ago

      What a crew you have! I am sure Waco is grateful for all you've done! Very cute!!

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Thanks for sharing your story about Waco. You have a truly happy bunch of dogs :)

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I love that Charlie the Pug follows Waco around. They both seem like real sweethearts.

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      Awww, what a nice story! Thanks for sharing about Waco.

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      I'm glad Waco got the good home he deserves.Great story.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Waco is beautiful. I love his story and it's always nice when these dogs get the homes they deserve. We have a shelter dog and find that they are the most loving animals. Love the pictures!

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      TheresaMarkham 6 years ago

      Beautiful pix - well done!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Waco is just beautiful! I am so glad you rescued him! (I know you didn't personally slip into the hoarders home, but the people who did, needed you!) Most Excellent and Most Beautiful dog and story!

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      ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I'm sure Waco is grateful for having found such a loving home. Good for you.

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've also never heard of the breed Great Pyrenees, so really enjoyed getting to know Pyrs through meeting Waco. He's a gorgeous dog and obviously well loved in your household!

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      tssfacts 6 years ago

      I have never heard of this breed before. He is a beauty.

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      kimmanleyort 6 years ago

      I can see why you fell in love with Waco. His pictures are adorable. Kudos to you for rescuing him from a hoarder. You have a wonderful lenswriting style.

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      Susanna Duffy 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      My word! However do you feed such a magnificent fellow! I hadn't realised just how BIG a Great Pyrenees dog could be.

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      Carol Fisher 6 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      Wow, what a beautiful dog.

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      What a lovely looking dog!

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      I love the jacket :)

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      Jen 6 years ago from California

      Such a pretty dog!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Waco looks like a great healthy dog.