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Baby Bear

It was a frigid day in January of 2014 when an energy employee was out driving in a desolate area of the Colorado/Wyoming border. As he was driving in the fenceless open range, he encountered a tiny puppy on an oil gas well pad. Two days went by and the pup was still there, all alone. There were no sheep, dogs or sheepherders in sight. Knowing that he could not survive on his own, he was picked up and brought to the office. He looked like a baby polar bear, so they named him "Bear".

"We thought he was a Great Pyrenees but turned out to be Akbash," said Bear's human dad. "Many dogs have been abandoned and rescued from this area. Including ones that I have rescued and returned to the rancher/sheep herders. Some ranchers are good with their dogs but they can wonder off and lost or left when the sheep leave the area." I asked Bear's dad if any of the dogs had identification. "No. No tags or collars usually. Collars can cause issues if they get in a fight with a predator or they could get caught in fences or something. A good rancher doesn’t lose many dogs. The careless ones are the problem. These dogs are very valuable to a good rancher. I don’t understand the careless ranchers."

Bear's dad reports that "true to a livestock guardian dog, Bear was an awesome but stubborn puppy and always enjoyed exploring in the hills. Bear developed a strong bond to his human companions and would protect them with his life. Bear and I hike hundreds of miles every year in the open country of Wyoming. He sticks by my side as a protector. He’s goofy and fun and loves exploring as much as I do."

Here's to a happy hike filled life to Bear and his dad!

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