Sputnik, Destroyer of Yarn

I would like to introduce everyone to a our new dog, Sputnik!  He’s a Great Pyrenees/Labrador mix, hence a “pyrador,” and is six months old.  Sputnik is going to be a BIG boy.

My husband and I got him from LaMancha Animal Rescue in Unionville, Pennsylvania, USA, not far from Coatesville.

LaMancha is a beautiful rescue facility!  They are a working farm with chickens, cows, horses, and, of course, dogs in clean kennels and cats in a special house to adopt.

Sputnik’s story is that he came from Alabama, USA, where he was a stray.  LaMancha transported him here, called him Zeus, and he was barely there a week until Sam and I snatched him up.

We were going to LaMancha to see two other dogs and didnt’ know about Sputnik until we got there.  When we arrived, we were told that the one had been adopted, and the other one we walked for a little bit, and he seemed frightened.  Not a match.  We asked about the other dogs there, and were told about Zeus.  We walked him on a trail on the farm (all the dogs get walks there), and were treated to kissed, hugs, and was known as the Pyr Lean.  Great Pyrenees will lean into you really hard you pet them.

We had our dog.

Sputnik was put into the back seat of my car, and I was treated to hugs and kisses on the way home as I was sitting back there with him.  Here’s a video of me introducing him.

Sputnik is going to pose a challenge when it comes to knitting.  I’ve knit in the room with him just fine, but one time he got a good grip on luckily some cheap yarn, and ripped it one space.  Granted, he’s a puppy.  Everything is a toy right now.  We will work on this.

How to do your dogs react to your knitting?  Any advice for a knitter with a large puppy who’s very interested in stuff in general?

4 thoughts on “Sputnik, Destroyer of Yarn

  1. Sputnik’s a cutie! He’s adorable! And he seems to like you folks, too. I’m very glad that you found him. 🙂

    As for thoughts on dogs and knitting:

    I had a daschund growing up who loved to get into my mother’s knitting bag. She wouldn’t eat/chew the yarn, (thank goodness!) she would just drag it all around the house and sleep on it. She also dragged around WIP’s and tried to sleep on those, too.

    What worked for us was putting the knitting stuff in a place the dog wasn’t allowed/couldn’t get into. My mother had her own craft room, so closing the door worked. The only time the knitting came out was if my mom was knitting and watching TV. Granted, there’s a size difference between a daschund and Sputnik (!), but the principle will hopefully hold if there’s a room you can close the door to, or something of that nature.

    Also, you should be able to teach him to not go after your knitting/yarn. The thing that also worked really well for our daschund was to praise her when she played with stuff that we wanted her to play with, (tennis balls, chew toys, etc), and she did eventually learn to not go after yarn, because other stuff was more appealing.

    Hope that helps, and if you’ve got questions, please, feel free to drop me a line. I’m more then willing to share my love of yarn and four-legged creatures. 🙂

    — Sarah Dawn


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