Arawn Maremma Sheepdog Breeding

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A mythological tale involving Annwvyn, or the Otherworld, tells of a hunting expedition undertaken by Pwyll, Lord of Dyfed. He sets his hounds against those of Arawn, the king of the Otherworld. In an attempt to make amends, Pwyll agrees to exchange places with this king for a year and a day in order to do battle, on the last day, with another king of the Otherworld, Havgan. So Arawn takes on the form of Pywll, Pwyll takes on the appearance of Arawn, and after spending a year in each other's lands, Pwyll does battle with Havgan, who must only be struck once, since if he is struck repeatedly, he will return the next day as fit and well as he ever was. wikipedia. The Knighly Tale of Gologras and Gawain, The Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain - Wikipedia, (accessed, 


It is very clear in this Celtic Legend when Pwyll takes on the appearance of the vulnerable Arawn and goes into battle with Hagvan that all is not as it seems. There is a parallel in this story with the work of the Maremma Sheepdogs and their contests with the bearswolves and thieves of the Italian wilderness. One thing we can learn from these special sheepdogs is that there is always more to life than what meets the eye. 

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Paul E Withers BSc, DipEd, MA.
Ganmain, NSW, Australia
Phone : 0413 245 125
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