This is Zurina. She is the feisty one of the pair. Always willing to engage in a boxing match, always tickled to send Apala rolling if she can manage to push her legs out from under her...
And this is Apala...the mellow one of the two. She's also the anchor, less independent than Zurina, always checking with us on walks, making sure she's not too far away from us. Zurina, on the other hand, is the explorer, ever wide-ranging, willing to take on the world.
Zurina is a water dog. Apala only wades. Both love a good boxing match anytime. They are sisters...Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd crosses.
And there, off in the distance is Jessie, leading the way. She has recovered from her near fatal encounter with the heels of an Angus steer. Now, she leads the pack as she walks, runs, even jumps a little. She even retrieves the Frisbee, albeit slowly....and the "puppies" nearly twice her size, love her and respect her. They know she's the Dowager of this farm! When she barks at them warding off their "affections," they wag their tails and promptly hunker down. They follow her lead, looking for rabbits, mice and deer-smells.
They are ideal guard dogs: loyal, easy-going temperament, strong, large, and loving. They are not old enough to be independent yet. So, at night, they are confined to a huge open-air shelter. We don't want them engaged in defending against a bear (seen in the neighborhood) or a cougar (also seen) or coyotes (a permanent fixture here). Until they are able to cope with danger, they are under our protection. They are just reaching teenager levels of dog years. So, any responsibilities belong to us.