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The Dogs Our Leonberger Grew Up With

Our Leonberger Bronco grew up with several other dogs. Bronco loved them all and protected them with his life. He saved our pug’s life and got bit in the process. He sniffed out an oncoming insulin shock in our Labrador and the early detection may have saved his life. When Bronco was a puppy, he was fiercely protected by his stand-in mama our German Shepherd Baby. The other dogs sometimes followed Bronco around doing mischief. You can read about their crazy adventures in my book (see below). This post features various photos of Bronco and his siblings.

Photo of Sulley a young English Mastiff is reading my book. Sulley never knew Bronco but they would have loved each other.
Sulley a young English Mastiff is reading my book. Sulley never knew Bronco but they would have loved each other.
Photo of Bronco our Leonberger at three months old
Bronco our Leonberger at three months old
Photo of Bronco at three months old in black and white
Bronco at three months old in black and white
Photo of Our Labrador Baylor and our German Shepherd Baby. Photo taken at the same time as the two photos above. However, we couldn’t get Bronco sit still between Baylor and Baby.
Our Labrador Baylor and our German Shepherd Baby. Photo taken at the same time as the two photos above. However, we couldn’t get Bronco sit still between Baylor and Baby.
Our German Shepherd Baby is playing with Bronco. He is about five months old in the photo. Baby seemed to think that Bronco was her puppy. She protected him and stayed by his side at all time.
Our German Shepherd Baby is playing with Bronco. He is about five months old in the photo. Baby seemed to think that Bronco was her puppy. She protected him and stayed by his side at all time.
Photo of Baylor our Labrador loved swimming, just like our Leonberger Bronco did.
Baylor our Labrador loved swimming, just like our Leonberger Bronco did.
Photo of Bronco and Baby at the dog park. In the photo Bronco was almost one years old but did not quite look like a Leonberger yet. He needed a little bit more time to fill out.
Bronco and Baby at the dog park. In the photo Bronco was almost one years old but did not quite look like a Leonberger yet. He needed a little bit more time to fill out.
Bronco with his two little siblings, the pug Daisy and the Japanese Chin named Ryu (ninja warrior).
Bronco with his two little siblings, the pug Daisy and the Japanese Chin named Ryu (ninja warrior).
Photo of Ryu and Daisy sitting in one of our suitcases. Ryu and Daisy are protesting that we are leaving for a trip. We had someone watching them, but they still hated when we left.
Ryu and Daisy protesting that we are leaving for a trip. We had someone watching them, but they still hated when we left.
It Daisy’s birthday (the pug) and Bronco helps celebrating. Bronco loved Daisy and saved her life from an attacking wild German Shepherd.
It Daisy’s birthday (the pug) and Bronco helps celebrating. Bronco loved Daisy and saved her life from an attacking wild German Shepherd.
Photo of Bronco and Daisy in the kitchen with gingerbread house shards on the floor. Bronco raided our gingerbread house and shared some with Daisy.
Bronco raided our gingerbread house and shared some with Daisy.
Photo of Daisy and Bronco. Two old friends in the backyard.
Daisy and Bronco. Two old friends in the backyard.
Photo of Bronco and tiny Rollo in the backyard. A new puppy arrives, Rollo, a mini-Australian Shepherd. Hello Rollo!
A new puppy arrives, Rollo, a mini-Australian Shepherd. Hello Rollo!
Photo of Rollo, the new little puppy.
The new puppy
Photo of Rollo pulling Bronco's tail. Rollo liked to pull and even swing in Bronco’s tail. He also walked over him and sat on him. Bronco was very patient.
Rollo liked to pull and even swing in Bronco’s tail. He also walked over him and sat on him. Bronco was very patient.
Photo of Rollo, rolled over, and Bronco. Bronco rub my belly!
Bronco rub my belly!
Rollo with a chewed up shoe. The artist and his art. Rollo loved chewing shoes. He has gotten over that now.
The artist and his art. Rollo loved chewing shoes. He has gotten over that now.
Photo of Rollo (mini-Australian Shepherd) and Bronco (Leonberger) two buddies.
Rollo (mini-Australian Shepherd) and Bronco (Leonberger) two buddies.
Image of wolf on the left and Rollo in stroller to the right. The text on the left says "Canis Lupis, the grey wolf is a fearsome and courageous hunter in nature.". The text on the right says "Canis Lupus familiaris, the dog, a close relative of the grey wolf, is sometimes less brave. This specimen prefers to sit in a stroller when he hears strange sounds.".  Bronco was not afraid of anything. Rollo was afraid of everything.
Bronco was not afraid of anything. Rollo was afraid of everything.
Photo of old Bronco. Bronco getting old, almost 13 and recovering from a heart failure.
Bronco getting old, almost 13 and recovering from a heart failure.

Finally, I would like to promote my book about Bronco and Leonbergers.

This is the front cover of the book "The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle". Click on the image to go to the Amazon.com location for the book.
This is the front cover of the book “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.com location for the book.
This is the back cover of the book "The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle". Click on the image to go to the Amazon.se location for the book.
This is the back cover of the book “The Life and Times of Le Bronco von der Löwenhöhle”. Click on the image to go to the Amazon.se location for the book.
These are the endorsements for the book. Click on the image to got to the Barnes and Noble location for the book.
These are the endorsements for the book. Click on the image to got to the Barnes and Noble location for the book.

Below is a list of where you can find the book. Click on the links to go to the respective store. However, if your favorite bookstore is not listed below you can search for it using the ISBN or ASIN numbers.

ISBN number for printed edition: 978-0998084954

ASIN number for the e-book edition: B0B5NN32SR

By thomasstigwikman

My name is Thomas Wikman. I am a software/robotics engineer with a background in physics, but I am currently retired. I took early retirement. I am a dog lover, and especially a Leonberger lover, a home brewer, craft beer enthusiast, an amateur astronomer, I’m learning French, and I am an avid reader. I live in Dallas, Texas, but I am originally from Sweden. I am married to Claudia, and we have three children Jacob, David and Rachel. My blog feature the crazy adventures of our Leonberger e Bronco von der Löwenhöhle as well as information on Leonbergers

12 replies on “The Dogs Our Leonberger Grew Up With”

Bronco is beyond cute. What amazing pictures and what a great friend he was to animals and humans.

BTW, I tried to thank you for the purchase of my book, Born in a Treacherous Time, over on Damyanti’s blog, but the comment section wasn’t working! There’s a character in it that may remind you of your wonderful Bronco–I’ll say no more!

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I just got the book today and I’ve read two chapters. They are about to cross the big rift. It is very exciting reading and I can’t wait to meet the dog. I just wanted to say thank you for showing my book and I am just curious where it was because I can’t find it, but it clearly made a difference.

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